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02 December 2023

Scandal doesn't dull Charlie's sheen

Charlie Sheen (AP)

By Reuters

Reports of heavy drinking, drug use, porn stars - none of that should be good for a Hollywood celebrity, unless you're Charlie Sheen.

Sheen's personal problems may have caused a temporary shutdown on Two And A Half Men, but some of his fans think even more highly of him now than before, according to a survey released by showbusiness paper The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the poll of 700 Americans aged 13 to 59-years-old, 26 per cent view Sheen "much more" or "somewhat more" favourably after his recent antics which have made headlines around the world.

Sheen, 45, went into rehab - at his home - in January after being hospitalised following a wild, 36-hour party at his home.

It is the actor's third stint in rehab in 12 months and has caused production on Two And A Half to be suspended.

Yet the show still stands as the most-watched comedy on US television, with 15 million regular viewers.

Ninety per cent of those polled that described themselves as "avid fans" do not think Sheen's drug and alcohol problems matter as long as he does a good job on the show.

The three-times divorced actor, who plays a womanising bachelor on the show, is expected to return to work by the end of February, according to his spokesman.

Fifty-nine per cent of those surveyed believe Sheen isn't acting on the show but actually just playing himself.

Fifty per cent say Sheen should take time off to get better and then return to the show; 34 per cent say Sheen should work through his personal issues while continuing work on the show.

Only 28 per cent of men versus 42 per cent of women said broadcaster CBS and Warner Bros Television, which makes Two And A Half Men, should remove Sheen from the show.