In Sheen's estimation, "can't is the cancer of happen," and after he "exposed people to magic" with his drug use and partying, "dying's for fools" and he's ready to take care of his family. He won't, in his mind, fall back into drugs because he's "too smart" for that. It's been a wildly public spiral downward, one that's shown no signs of stopping, even if Sheen is keen to move on and make a sequel to 'Major League.'
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At this point, one has to wonder if he has any chance in hell of a comeback ... that is, if his increasingly erratic behavior doesn't end him before he has a shot. His personal and professional life is racked with tabloid gold, but he's certainly not the first. Though his tabloid trajectory might be unique, he's not alone in his image chaos.
If you time-traveled back to the '80s and told the masses that Mel Gibson would became leading tabloid fodder, they probably wouldn't believe you. Gibson was an actor powerhouse who made a name for himself in the post-apocalyptic chaos of 'Max Max' and the crime-solving humor of 'Lethal Weapon.' By the '90s, he was also two-time Oscar winner as he jumped behind the camera and showed us the wonder of 'Braveheart.'
But his career started to deteriorate when he was arrested for driving under the influence in 2006. He made some infamous anti-Semitic remarks directed towards his arresting officer, and his reputation was significantly tarnished. Rather than spiraling further out of control, he cleaned up his act and very slowly pulled things back together. But just as his career was getting back on track between work in 'Edge of Darkness' and Jodie Foster's upcoming comedy, 'The Beaver,' drama struck again.
Summer of 2010 saw the release of tapes from ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva, which had the actor spewing dangerous and racist rants into her voicemail. Gibson was dropped by his agency, dropped from 'The Hangover 2' and has yet to get himself out of the image doghouse.
Robert Downey Jr.
When it comes to image success stories, there's no actor who's transcended their personal woes as skillfully and completely as Robert Downey Jr. His early work made him an acting force to be reckoned with until substance abuse plagued his upward trajectory. Over a five-year span in the late '90s, the actor was arrested repeatedly on drug-related charges. He drove naked down Sunset Boulevard, fell asleep in a kid's bedroom at a neighbor's house and was once even caught in a hotel room with cocaine and a Wonder Woman costume. He said his addictions stemmed from his father supplying him with drugs as early as eight years old.
After being incarcerated for nearly a year, and then succumbing to another string of arrests and dramas, Downey Jr. went to rehab, got clean and got back to acting. Addiction hadn't dulled his talents and now Downey Jr. is one of Hollywood's leading actors, and as jokes during this year's Globes and Oscars show, he'll even acknowledge the comedy in his old days of drama.
Starring in 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' made Hugh Grant the beloved go-to guy for romantic cinematic shenanigans. But at the height of his leading man status, just a year after his big worldwide break, Grant was arrested in 1995 for getting oral sex from a prostitute in public.
Unlike other tabloid kings, Grant's tabloid stint was a one-off, but coming right before the release of 'Nine Months,' it had a deadly impact on his career. He didn't regain his leading man status until the romantic hit 'Notting Hill' four years later in 1999.
Like Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise was celebrity royalty through the '80s and '90s. From cult hits like 'Risky Business' to Academy-nominated fare like 'Magnolia,' Cruise was a big-money, big-buzz cinematic powerhouse. And then he started revealing more of his Scientology-based beliefs.
In 2005 he bashed Brooke Shields for using an anti-depressant to battle post-partum depression and couch-jumped on Oprah Winfrey's show to profess his exuberant love of Katie Holmes, which made the masses convinced he went over the deep-end. It didn't help when that private Scientology video surfaced, with Cruise professing that he has the skills to provide essential services at the scenes of accidents.
Cruise is still fighting his way back to the top. 'Tropic Thunder' helped, but 'Knight and Day' was no uber-hit like 'Mission: Impossible,' which is why Cruise is now gearing up for a new installment where he passes the torch to Jeremy Renner. Could Adam Shankman's upcoming 'Rock of Ages' help?
We wanted to go to the history banks for this last one, the Hollywood actor who paved the way for media whirlwinds and Hollywood scandals. A popular comedian during the silent film era, Arbuckle's career was pummeled after he was arrested and tried on manslaughter charges in the early '20s. He and a friend had rented three hotel rooms, two for sleeping and one for partying, in San Francisco. One attendee was an aspiring actress named Virginia Rappe. She was found seriously ill in one of the rooms, and two days later she was hospitalized and died. Accounts of the incident ranged from Arbuckle accidentally striking her midsection with his knee, to the actor having raped Rappe with a number of objects.
The scandal was gold for Hearst publications, and Arbuckle went through three trials before being acquitted. The ordeal left him broke, divorced and blackballed from Hollywood. Just when he started to make a comeback in the '30s, he died of a heart attack.
If history has taught us anything, Sheen has a long road in front of him. Can he make it to the other side?