CHICAGO (CBS) – His first show in Detroit was a bomb, but Charlie Sheen gave it another try in Chicago on Sunday -– with apparently better results.
At least that’s the impression CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov got when she interviewed audience members outside the Chicago Theatre at intermission.
“I was expecting the worst,” said audience member Jerry Mrase, a longtime sheen fan who paid at least $60 to get in. “But it’s really good. He’s really down to earth. He’s putting on a great show.”
The Chicago leg of Sheen’s “Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour opened with a question-and-answer session with the actor onstage. The approach, what there was of it, seemed more focused than the scattershot one that got the actor booed at Detroit’s Fox Theatre.
Still, not everyone was pleased in Chicago.
“It’s pretty ridiculous,” said Leslie Rubens, a 22-year-old audience member, who got a free ticket. “We’re just sitting here watching him get interviewed on the most ridiculous questions. He’s not really answering them and he’s very off-topic.”
Among the bizarre bits of behavior: Sheen exchanged a shirt with a male in attendance. The crowd greeted Sheen warmly and even chanted “Detroit Sucks!” before he took the stage.
Sheen’s troubled personal history grabbed new headlines earlier this year when he was fired from his hit television series “Two and a Half Men.” He launched the idea of a nationwide tour to help promote his free-living “Warlock” lifestyle, and early dates sold out.
But the loose-formatted show bombed in Detroit Saturday night, calling into question whether the tour would play all of its dates.
Sheen on Sunday said he would take his old job back on the CBS sitcom.