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Sheen 'Vanity Fair' revelations

Actor Charlie Sheen helps carry coolers full of

Actor Charlie Sheen helps carry coolers full of food for a benefit baseball game and concert, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (May 2, 2011) Credit: AP

There doesn't really seem all that much to say any more about Charlie Sheen -- whose "Torpedo of Truth" tour has finally wrapped --  that hasn't been said or reported or observed endlessly the last two months. But this is rather interesting -- a Vanity Fair piece on the stands shortly that claims to be the one print article he agreed to sit down for (though he demanded $1 million for it.). Here's an outtake that talks about how Sheen got CBS/Warner Bros. to agree to $100 million to return to "Two and Half Men" for two more seasons; this figure is the genesis of the figure in his current lawsuit against  Warner Bros. 

Don’t ever play poker with him,” says Sheen’s manager, Mark Burg, recalling how, in 2010, he made Sheen’s $100 million deal with CBS between the national anthem and the start of a Lakers game. “Warner Bros. was like, ‘We’re offering a million dollars [per episode] for two years, and nobody walks away from $48 million.’ I said, ‘Guys, he’s going to walk. I’m not bluffing.’” Burg tells [VF editor and writer Mark] Seal that CBS chairman Les Moonves “had two different schedules—one if Charlie didn’t come back,” before he gave in and made Sheen the highest paid actor in television history. “It wasn’t until the day before the up-fronts that I picked up my son at school, and we were driving to a Laker playoff game, and I had Charlie and his attorney Jake Bloom on speakerphone the entire drive down. At the time they were up to $72 million, a million and a half an episode. Jake gave Charlie a 25-minute speech about how this will set your grandchildren up and you could do whatever you want. ‘This is more than Kelsey Grammer made on Frasier.’ I parked the car, I’m now on my cell phone, walking into the stadium, and Charlie goes, ‘Pass. Mark, it’s $100 million or I’m not doing it.’ Charlie hangs up, and Jake called up Bruce Rosenblum [president of Warner Bros. Television Group] and Les Moonves and passed during the national anthem. I’m like, ‘Wow, I hope he knows what he’s doing." Before the game began “they said yes [to $100 million],” Burg tells Seal.

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