Martin Sheen says he knows what "hell" Charlie Sheen is living in, weeks after his son was fired from "Two and a Half Men" following a rehab stint and on-air rants against the CBS series' show runners.
Martin Sheen, 70, made his comments to the UK newspaper The Telegraph to promote his and his other son Emilio Estevez's new film "The Way."
Charlie Sheen, formerly the highest-paid actor on television, was fired from "Two and a Half Men" on March 7. Warner Bros. Television, which makes the show, said the actor was engaged in "dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill." Charlie Sheen has since sued the company and show co-creator Chuck Lorre for $100 million, saying he was wrongfully terminated.
"Charlie's 45 years old," Martin Sheen told the Telegraph. "He's not a kid. Emotionally he still is. Because when you're addicted, you don't grow emotionally. So when you get clean and sober you're starting at the moment you started using drugs or alcohol. You're emotionally crippled."
Charlie Sheen, who has often battled substance abuse, had said in recent on-air interviews that aired before his firing that he was not on drugs or alcohol.
"But I know what hell he's living in," he added. "I've had psychotic episodes in public. One of them was on camera - the opening scene of 'Apocalypse Now.' So I know what Charlie is going through. And when you do something like that, that is out of control, that's the most difficult thing. You have to have courage."
In several of his rants, Charlie Sheen referenced the 1979 Francis Ford Coppola movie "Apocalypse Now," which sees Martin Sheen playing a U.S. soldier who is sent on a mission to Cambodia during the Vietnam War to assassinate a Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe.
Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen is getting ready to go on tour, performing a series of what organizers call unscripted live shows. Several of the "Charlie Sheen LIVE: My Violent Torpedo of Truth" shows are already sold out.
Check out his tour dates below.
April 2, 2011 - Fox Theatre Detroit, Detroit, MI (sold out)
April 3, 2011 - The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL (sold out)
April 5, 2011 - Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland, OH
April 6, 2011 - Palace, Columbus, OH
April 8, 2011 - Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
April 9, 2011 - Oakdale Theater - Wallingford, CT
April 10, 2011 - Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
April 12, 2011 - Agganis Arena, Boston, MA
April 14, 2011 - Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
April 16, 2011 - Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City NJ,
April 19, 2011 - DAR Constitution HallWashington, DC
April 21, 2011 - Fox Theatre Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
April 22, 2011 - St Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
April 23, 2011 - BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, FL
April 26, 2011 - Verizon Wireless Theater, Houston, TX
April 27, 2011 - American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
April 28, 2011 - Wells Fargo Theatre, Denver, CO
April 30, 2011 - Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
May 3, 2011 - Comcast Arena, Everett, WA
You can purchase tickets to Charlie Sheen's shows at Ticketmaster.com.