Charlie Sheen spoofs Dr. Strangelove in first promo for Comedy Central roast
The most ironic thing about Charlie Sheen's new promotional ad for his Comedy Central roast, is that most of the show's target audience may be too young to get it.
But Sheen spoofs the classic 1964 black comedy about a nuclear first strike mistakenly launched by the U.S., Dr. Stangelove, in his promo. The clip features Sheen riding an atomic bomb all the way down to annihilation, just like Slim Pickens' gung ho Major T.J. "King" Kong in the original.
(Fun fact: even though the Stanley Kubrick film was a comedy starring funnyman genius Peter Sellers, Pickens was never told it was a comedy, was given just his scenes and encouraged to play it straight.)
Sheen certainly seemed to ride his own nuclear device into the heart of his career, quitting TV's highest-rated sitcom by insulting and physically threatening one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood.
Didn't help that it all came down because his own offscreen partying had seemed to reach a crisis point -- a state Sheen seemed to celebrate with media appearances excavating his life with three women and a personal tour that lurched like the awful end of a week-long bender.
These days, the public seems exhausted with the Sheen circus -- evidenced by the fact that all of his "goddesses" seem to have left, like buddies who only seem to come around when you have beer. Comedy Central has scheduled the roast for Sept. 19 -- the same day Ashton Kutcher debuts as Sheen's replacement on Two and a Half Men, airing the show at 10 p.m. so fans (and nosy journalists) could conceivably watch Kutcher at 9 p.m. and Sheen at 10 p.m.
Check the spot -- followed by Pickens' classic ride -- below: