Mavs owner wants to work with Sheen
Charlie Sheen and Mark Cuban are lightning rods for controversy in their respective fields. And now they could become business partners?
Reality can be stranger than the truth. Especially after Cuban’s admission Sunday he has “reached out” to the embattled star of “Two and a Half Men” about a potential project, whether it be reality TV or something else.
“You’ve got somebody that everyone has a whole lot of interest in, who’s doing some interesting things, to say the least, and we always look for interesting programming by featuring interesting people doing interesting things,’’ Cuban, who owns the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, said Sunday in confirming his discussions with Sheen about a new show that could appear on Cuban’s TV network, HDNet. “So I reached out and we’ve had some conversations and I’m going to work on trying to do some things.”
Cuban's interest in teaming with Sheen was first reported by Radaronline.
Sheen has spent the past two weeks seemingly out of control after CBS stopped production of”Two and a Half Men” following Sheen’s criticism of the popular show’s executives and demands for more money.
Said Cuban: “We’re trying to decide (on the type of show). I mean, right now we’re taping a lot of different things that he’s doing and we’ll try to figure it out. I mean, it’s still not 100 percent certain. You know, we’ll do something together, but it’s not certain that it will be a show.
“It will come down to what he wants to do and what his situation is, and you know we’ll just figure it out from there, but it’s a unique opportunity.’’
While making the rounds of TV and radio talk shows recently, Sheen has said he has had talks with HBO about a show that would pay him $5 million per episode. HBO reportedly has denied any involvement in such talks.
"There are a couple of companies who want it badly, it's in a bidding war and of course they (HBO) don't want to do anything that's going to undercut their power," Sheen said.
Sheen was making a record $1.2 million per episode for “Two and a Half Men’’ before CBS ceased production of the show, citing Sheen’s addiction problems and erratic behavior. All that coincided with Sheen’s rants, which alternated between racist, hedonistic and zany as he made declarations about having “tiger blood’’ and riding a “mercury surfboard’’ and calling Alcoholics Anonymous a “cult.’’
It’s impossible to separate the publicity-stunt aspects of Sheen’s two-week-long behavior from real concerns about his mental health.
No matter the reason, Sheen has certainly been the center of attention of late. And he certainly has gotten Cuban’s.
“I like Charlie,” Cuban said. “He’s pretty cool.’’
Mike Fisher covers the Dallas Mavericks for FOXSportsSouthwest and DallasBasketball.com.