Charlie Sheen Tour postscript: ex-wife Denise Richards apologizes to Roger Ebert for Tampa insult
One of the most tasteless moments in Friday's Charlie Sheen tour stop in Tampa came when radio personality Mike "Cowhead" Calta brought up the moment on a talk show long past when Sheen confronted movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert for saying that James Spader might have been a better choice than him for the lead in Oliver Stone's classic film Wall Street.
After noting how courageous Sheen was to get in their face, Calta ended with the capper, "and now, one of them is dead and cancer ate the other one's f---ing face off. Now that is winning."
"I didn't wish that upon them at all," Sheen retorted. "But in hindsight, it's pretty f---ing cool." Siskel died in 1999 at age 53 while recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor; Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002, which eventually led to operations removing parts of his jaw and face.
Denise Richards was nowhere near the St. Pete Times Forum when that bit of tastelessness went down. And she's been divorced from Sheen since 2006; a time when some of the actor's former coworkers on the hit CBS sitcom Two and Half Men told the Daily Beast that the star began sliding downhill in his behavior.
Still, she took time Sunday to post an apology to Ebert on Twitter, where the film critic is quite active. Oral cancer may have taken his jaw and robbed him of natural speech, but in cyberspace Ebert is still eloquent as ever.
Richards Tweeted: "SorryU were on the other end of his vicious mouth anyone whos been touched by cancer knows the bravery of fighting that battle."
That message came not long after Ebert tweeted himself on the issue, messaging: "Charlie Sheen made fun of my cancer because I dissed him in "Wall Street?" Dude, you ain't *seen* me in attack mode."
The two almost faced off on Twitter before. Back in March when Sheen was melting down all over the media, Ebert wrote that "I could get a million followers like Charlie Sheen did, but then my wife would leave me and I'd be a lonely sap like he is."
Sheen replied with a reference to sleeping with five women at once, presumably as proof that isn't particularly lonely. But it turns out that message came from someone else pretending to be the star online.
Given Ebert is one of the few film critics to win a Pulitzer and he's still winning awards for his blog, Sheen might want to watch his step.