John Lovitz, Mike Tyson and others build the actor up, even as they tear him down

By Jessica Wedemeyer
September 12, 2011 12:00 PM
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Charlie Sheen‘s been through so much – what more could people say about him, even at a roast?

That was the feeling Saturday at a Comedy Central-sponsored roast at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif., where friends of the actor lobbed insults his way – but in interviews before the event, wished him nothing but good luck.

An edited version of the shindig will air on the cable network Sept. 19, opposite the debut of Ashton Kutcher on Sheen’s former CBS sitcom, Two and a Half Men.

For his part, Sheen, 46, was prepared for anything on Saturday night. Asked what he’s learned over the past year, he replied: “What have I learned? You got like, six hours? One thing I’ve learned is just don’t take everything so personally, which applies to tonight.”

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Meanwhile, many friends and colleagues described how they were afraid for the actor during his manic period.

“He’s a very, very charming guy. He puts the ‘harming’ in ‘charming,’ ” said comedian Jeffrey Ross, who traveled with Sheen for some dates on his live tour. “He’s dangerous, but he’s a lot of fun. He’s a little crazy. He’s not above pulling three tour buses over at 4 a.m. to get a Popsicle.”

And Mike Tyson, whose fights Sheen would attend in the old days, says he was hugely concerned about the actor. “We all are animals, animals taught to be human beings,” Tyson said. “Sometimes some people learn to be human beings quicker than others.”

In watching Sheen over the past year, Tyson says he was “just hoping he wouldn’t die. Because this is just what it is. People, when they’re reckless in their life, they die.”

Came time for the roast, it was no-holds-barred, reports the Los Angeles Times. “How much blow can Charlie Sheen do? Enough to kill two and a half men,” snapped Lovitz.

Ross, in Moammar Kadafi drag, asked: “Don’t you want to live to see your kids take their first 12 steps? How do you roast a meltdown?”

In almost- unrepeatable terms, comedian Amy Schumer compared Sheen to Bruce Willis, to say he was big in the ’80s but now he’s been replaced in Demi Moore‘s life “by Ashton Kutcher.”

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