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“I went to a person close to him and said, ‘This guy is in serious trouble with serious drugs. We’ve got to help him,'” Arnold, who has been sober for two decades, told the Times. “And this person flat-out told me to my face, ‘We make a lot of money from him. I can’t be part of it.’ That tells you everything you need to know.”
The Times reports CBS and Warner Bros. have long urged the actor to get help for his addictions, but have had little power in that arena because Sheen does not have a moral clause in his contract.
“There is a long history here,” one senior executive told the Times.
But his behavior is tolerated because, as one agent says, “He’s money. He makes the cash register ring.”
One insider described Sheen this way: “He does show up [to work]. He might be out until 5 a.m., but he always showed up on call at 7.”
An unnamed senior executive at CBS tells the Times there had been tension between Sheen and Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre long before Sheen made controversial statements on a radio show about Lorre last month. (As a result, the remainder of the season has been canceled.)
“There had been stress for quite awhile between Charlie and Chuck,” the senior executive said. “The attacks on A.A. were code for Chuck.” (Lorre declined requests for comment to the Times.)
Black Swan producer Mike Medavoy downplayed Sheen’s recent erratic behavior.
“I saw him a week ago. He was calm and funny, as usual — it’s always like he wants to be the class clown,” said Medavoy, who, according to the Wall Street Journal, is selling his multimillion dollar home to the actor.
Medavoy defended Sheen as a “consummate professional” on set.
“Once the media gets hold of a story, it becomes a decision for the people to figure out whether he’s really crazy,” Medavoy said. “The truth of the matter is, he could be crazy like a fox.”
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