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Winning? Charlie Sheen to launch, star in 'Anger Management' sitcom

The oddball actor will star in a spinoff of the 2003 movie, filling the same role played by Jack Nicholson.

Image: LuMar Jr./UK Press

ODDBALL SITCOM ACTOR Charlie Sheen has announced his first acting job since being dumped from ‘Two and a Half Men’ – an adaptation of the 2003 slapstick film Anger Management.

Sheen yesterday confirmed recent rumours that he was preparing a TV adaptation of the film, saying he would portray the same role filled by Jack Nicholson in the film version.

“I chose ‘Anger Management’ because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept,” the Los Angeles Times quoted Sheen as saying, without any apparent hint of irony.

The sitcom is to be produced by Joe Roth, who was also involved in the movie production – but as yet there is no indication of who might take the role portrayed by Adam Sandler.

The 2003 film told the story of Dave Buznik (Sandler) who struggled to overcome trauma about public affection, and who inevitably ends up being forced to allow his court-appointed therapist Buddy Rydell (Nicholson) to live with him.

The Orange County Register notes that the show also hasn’t been picked up by a network, but that the ‘creative control’ being offered to Sheen for the project should be enough to keep the drug-addicted star on the straight and narrow.

Sheen was officially dumped from Two and a Half Men after a very public falling-out with its creator Chuck Lorre – and after claiming his $2m fee for each epsiode was too little. He is suing the network for $100m in lost earnings.

His legal appeal against his dismissal from the Warner Brothers show is being heard in private.

Sheen – real name Carlos Estevez – has been reluctant to publicly discuss his alcohol and drug usage – on one occasion admitting, “Yeah, I’m on a drug… it’s called Charlie Sheen.”

More: Charlie Sheen admits to being on a drug… called Charlie Sheen

Earlier: Charlie Sheen has psychiatric tests after NY hotel incident

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