Charlie Sheen has a new show and a new image.
Long known as a bit of a wild card, Sheen (born Carlos Irwin Estévez) appears to have gotten it together, and is using his recent success to help U.S. troops and their families.
Monday, Sheen announced he would be donating 1 percent of his FX series’ profits, with a minimum of $1 million, to the USO (United Service Organization).
Should Anger Management prove successful, the USO, which provides services and programs for U.S. troops and their families, could receive more. The donation will be used to create an entertainment facility in Bethesda, Maryland for those in the military who have been seriously injured.
Sheen will reportedly present the first $250,000 of the donation in a ceremony some time this week.
In a statement, Sheen said, “ It’s an honor for me to be able to give back to these men and women of the military who have done so much for all of us … They put their lives on the line for us every day, and I’m just happy that my work on ‘Anger Management’ can bring a little bit of relief to the troops and their families.”
This is a welcome side of Sheen, but not the first sign of a philanthropic change.
Last week, Sheen reportedly spoke with American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, and entertained the idea of being a judge (Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are both leaving). He stated he would be up for the job on two conditions:
1) FX allows him to take the position
2) American Idol makes a substantial donation to charity.
Sheen told TMZ, “If the numbers move the needle and ‘Idol’ matches 20 percent of my weekly salary for Autism Speaks, [the diabetes charity] JDRF, and the Boys and Girls Club ... then the hell with it. As we say, pour the smoke.”