Charlie Sheen wants to add his name to Donald Trump’s ballot if he becomes the GOP presidential nominee.
The actor, who slammed the GOP front-runner in a tweet last month calling him a “shame pile of idiocy,” has a change of heart and wants to be Trump’s running mate.
And it’s thanks to Owen Wilson?
“Dear O. Wilson – they took your comment out of context! I'm honored! Thank you! If Trump will have me, I'd be his VP in a heartbeat!” Sheen tweeted over the weekend, probably with his tongue firmly in his cheek, apparently in response to a Daily Beast interview with Wilson.
dear O. Wilson they took ur comment out of context! I'm honored! thank u! If Trump will hv me I'd be his VP in a heartbeat! © #TrumpSheen16
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) August 27, 2015
In the interview, published last week, Wilson explained the reason Trump is “winning” the media game is with his brash headline-grabbing commentary.
“You can’t help but get a kick out of him, and I think part of it is we’re so used to politicians on both sides sounding like actors at press junkets – it’s sort of by rote, and they say all the right things,” the liberal Wilson said. “Here’s somebody who’s not following the script. It’s like when Charlie Sheen was doing that stuff – like, wow! He’s answering a question completely honestly and in an entertaining way. You sort of feel he could be a character from ‘Network.’”
Wilson added: “I don’t know if I’m not taking [Trump] as seriously as I should, but when he said he was going down to the border, and he showed up at a press conference and said, ‘Now I’m going out to the border, and I hope I’ll see you later’ — sort of suggesting that it was so dangerous that ‘Who knows if I’ll see you later’… I don’t know, it was just funny to me. The guy is a showman. You have to sort of get a kick out of the guy. It is entertaining, for sure. That’s why people are tuning in.”
Sheen, whose given name is Carlos Estevez and who is of Spanish descent, is one of the few celebrities to have voiced any support for the business mogul, even in jest; Ricky Martin added his name to the growing list against Trump last week, as did actor Matt Damon.
In an interview with EFE, the 44-year-old Damon, who is married to an Argentinian woman, called Trump’s discourse on immigrants “xenophobic,” “disgusting” and “dehumanizing.”
“He is talking about anyone who lives south of our border in inhuman terms. He is talking about my wife, my daughters,” the actor said. “I think we are still laughing at this situation, but if you analyze the things he is saying it is disgusting and dehumanizing. We saw the Republican debate to entertain ourselves, but when it started to get ugly we turned it off.”
He added: “You have to take it seriously that he is doing so well in the polls, but if you hear the things he says, they are so xenophobic and crazy that it is amazing that so many people are willing to vote for him.”