Charlie Sheen may have “sobered up” and come down from all that crazy tiger blood talk, but he’s still making some pretty wild claims about his life and influence on others. In an upcoming interview, Sheen claimed that he gave Winona Ryder her stage name long before she ever hit it big.
“We were listening to the Doors, to ‘Riders on the Storm.’ [Winona's] real name is Horowitz,” he explained during an appearance on CenterStage airing Friday. “And I said, ‘You know, I’m thinking Winona Ryder sounds cool,’ and she was like, ‘Yeah!’” Winona’s story plays the same way, but without Sheen. She simply “wasn’t a fan of her surname and embarked on a mission to find a new Hollywood-friendly moniker, finally settling on Ryder after listening to a song by The Doors,” reports StarPulse.
They say that when you get famous you forget all of your friends. According to Sheen, this “career-altering contribution” to the artist-formerly-known-as-Horowitz still goes uncredited. “[She] never, never gave me credit to this day!” he cried thanklessly.
The Anger Management star should get some credit for the good things he’s done! I mean, he does take at least some responsibility for the bad, notes E!. Things like getting fired from Two and a Half Men for bad-mouthing show creator Chuck Lorre. You remember, it was shortly before/during all that “winning” and “tiger blood” stuff. “A lot of it was my fault, a lot of it was their fault,” he admits. “They went into my personal space, you know? And then my personal space might have been not the most private place in the world.”
A lot less vicious than his pointed words for them a year ago, that’s for sure. The much more diplomatic Sheen didn’t stop there: “It got in the way of the work,” he said. “I like to think that I didn’t get fired, I got traded for a player to be named later. When you take away the anchor, you…tend to go adrift…So I felt bad for them for like a nanosecond.”
Sheen also kind-of sort-of gives some props to Ashton Kutcher, who kind-of sort-of took over the role. “I thought the introduction to Ashton’s character…you know, the urn by the window—it was like one of the great TV moments ever.”