Charlie Sheen has claimed that he has tiger's blood pumping through his veins, but lately it seems like perhaps it's the blood of a much gentler, forgiving creature -- perhaps a kitten or a newborn monkey. Less than two weeks after telling ex-wife Denise Richards that her new memoir "rocks," the Sheenius once again has kind words for an unlikely recipient: this time, his Two and a Half Men replacement Ashton Kutcher.
"Ashton is going to kill it," Sheen, 45, told Radar Online in a video interview Monday. "I'm actually rooting hard for (the cast). That worm is turning. It should be exciting."
What's more, the actor says he's pumped to see the revamped Two and a Half Men when it returns to CBS on Sept. 19, reportedly with a funeral for his character Charlie Harper. "Who is not going to watch?" he said enthusiastically. "I'll be there front and center, I'm just as curious as everybody else. It should be fun."
CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler recently revealed that Kutcher will be playing Walden Schmidt, "an Internet billionaire with a broken heart," on the show -- but she wouldn't comment on how Sheen's character would be written off. And, sadly, Sheen himself doesn't have a clue. "I've got nothing I can reveal because they wouldn't even give me a script!" he admitted. "They didn't trust me. It will be a nice surprise."
What shouldn't come as a surprise is that this tiger hasn't turned completely kitten; Sheen couldn't pass up the opportunity to sing his own praises and get in a nice little dig at his former employers. "It'll be nice to know that they get some carry-over ratings from people being sort of curious about what happened to their guy," Charlie said with a wry smile.
Sheen was also quick to remind fans that the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen will air at 10 p.m. on Sept. 19, just one hour after Two and a Half Men's season 9 debut. "I think it's going to be epic," Sheen said of the roast. "I think it anyone should be roasted in that manner, it should be me."
No argument there, but Sheen has been staying under the radar these days. Aside from announcing his new TV project -- the in-development series Anger Management -- he hasn't been fanning any flames, ruffling any feathers, calling Men creator Chuck Lorre any names, etc. Even his once "goddess"-laden love life appears to have quieted. "I'm in total work mode," he told Radar. "I wish I had something more interesting to tell you."