PASADENA, Calif. - Charlie Sheen's Road to Redemption began here at the Television Critics Association press tour. He showed up at a Fox party/interview fest and said he's a changed man.
Stop me if you've heard this one before.
"I'm not crazy anymore," insisted Sheen, who endlessly chain-smoked. "I think I'm a different person than I was yesterday.... I'm more mellow and focused; I'm much more rooted in reality."
The bar is set pretty low for that one.
Sheen showed up because he's got a new sitcom coming on FX. "Anger Management," based on the movie of the same name. He'll play an anger-management therapist; the show is tentatively set to debut in June.
Sheen - who was always great with the press before his much-publicized public meltdown - seems to have had some anger-management training of his own. He went out of his way to answer critics' questions despite the fact that, this being a party and not a press conference, he was surrounded by a ravening horde of people with digital recorders.
Sheen even admitted he might have done a few things differently leading up to his departure /firing from "Two and a Half Men." He would "think a little before I speak."
"I would have been a little less vocal about the people I worked with from the executive branch," he added.
That would be CBS and Warner Bros., not the White House.
Sheen also insited that his plan is to "do good work ad let the work speak for itself." But does anyone actually believe he'll be quiet for long?