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Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management' Character Is More Complex Than His Other Roles

January 10, 2012 (3:19 am) GMT
On the upcoming FX series, the 'Major League' star plays an unconventional anger management therapist whose life 'is way more screwed up than most of his patients.'

Already moving on post his "" exit, is gearing up for his new show "". Met at Television Critics Association winter press tour on Sunday, January 8, the former "Spin City" star and "Management" showrunner Bruce Helford claimed that Sheen's character will be different from his previous roles.

Helford stated Sheen's part is "considerably more complex" than any other characters he played before. The 46-year-old actor chimed in, "I just wanted to do a show and play a character that dealt with more mature themes and stuff that actually exists in the real world. A lot of times on the other show I felt like we were servicing the comedy and not allowing it to come out of character situations."

As reflected in the title, Sheen will portray Charlie, a former baseball player with anger issues who winds up as an unconventional anger management therapist. He works with two therapy groups - a private one and one at a women's prison - but "his life is way more screwed up than most of his patients," Helford revealed.

The show will not only focus on his work life, but also on his personal life since he has an ex-wife, a 13-year-old daughter and his own therapist. "This is a show about how all of this affects Charlie's life," Helford further shared. "It's half workplace and half personal life but there's an organic flow back and forth."

Sheen and Helford have hired a writing staff for the show, which will have a "mature tone" similar to "Roseanne". They are currently looking for actresses to fill in two of the lead roles, which are Charlie's therapist and his ex-wife.

Talking about who may take these parts, Helford teased, "They're in their late 30s to mid 40s. So it will probably be someone who had experience and that you'll know." He went on gushing, "Everyone in the world calls to say they want to do that show. Everyone wants to come in and play a therapy patient."

On how he prepares to re-enter the primetime with the FX series which is set to debut this spring, Sheen admitted he is now "a lot more mellow and focused and much more rooted in reality." He has additionally learned a lesson from his public meltdown last year as sharing, "I would have been a little less vocal about the people I worked with."


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