Charlie Sheen on His Finances After 'Shakedowns', His Future in Hollywood and Finding a Cure for HIV: 'I'm a Survivor'

"If there was one guy on this planet to contract this that's gonna deliver a cure, it's me," Charlie Sheen says

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Charlie Sheen revealed he is living with HIV on Tuesday after four years of what he called “shakedowns” by people seeking to exploit his secret.

Following pay-outs of an estimated $10 million, what is his financial status now?

“It’s not great,” Sheen, 50, told Today‘s Matt Lauer. “It’ll be great again. I’m a survivor. I’ve been up, I’ve been down, I’ve been rich, I’ve been poor. It’s another chapter in my life.”

Sheen’s also been out of steady work for a bit: He was fired from hit sitcom Two and a Half Men following his 2011 public meltdown, and his last starring vehicle, Anger Management ended in 2014.

The star attributed his past out-of-control behavior to binging on drugs and alcohol as he tried to cope with his diagnosis.

Still, he said he understands why some people might not be surprised he contracted HIV given his lifestyle.

“That’s not a completely inane or crazy statement,” he said. “I have to look at both sides, but I’m gonna ride this wave of support, and if there was one guy on this planet to contract this that’s gonna deliver a cure, it’s me. It’s me. I mean, seriously.”

He added: “Theres a lot out there that I’m not proud of. You can only hear ‘winning’ in the streets so many times. … I’m approaching a time of more of a philanthropic time of my life.”

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As for his career, Sheen said the chairman of Sony is “excited about doing a show again” and that has “a couple of films lined up.”

“I’m not gonna be the poster man for this,” he said of HIV. “But I will not shun away from responsibilities and opportunities that drive me to helping others.”

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