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As part of a primetime, face-to-face interview that airs this evening at 9, Charlie Sheen opens up on a topic that much of America is discussing this week: Lance Armstrong and his recent admission of doping.
Himself a sports fan, who's portrayed many an athlete in film and television, Sheen tells the tale of meeting the infamous cyclist half a decade ago, in an encounter that didn't exactly leave fond memories:
"I met him once at a party and I'm assuming he was in a bad mood, because he wasn't the friendliest guy in the world," explains the former star of CBS's "Two and a Half Men."
"He was rude to you?" Morgan asks.
"I said, Mr. Armstrong, I'm sorry to bother you. I think he was talking to Sheryl Crow," the guest recalls. "I said I'm Charlie Sheen. I just want to shake your hand. And he said, 'Uh, that's nice.'"
The pair did shake hands, ultimately, but as the actor remembers it, the cyclist did so rather half-heartedly.
Roughly five or six years since their exchange, the man who made the character Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn famous in "Major League" – and admittedly used steroids to add some pop to his fastball as part of the role – is skeptical about the prospect of Armstrong being let off the hook by his fans:
"I think America is, uh, is very forgiving if ... the person hasn't been like you just described some of the behavior that that Lance pursued," he says. "The reason I've been forgiven for a lot of my stuff is because there's always been a feeling of honesty and the guy that at least was trying to do the right thing."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview as Morgan and Sheen continue to discuss the saga behind the world's most-succesful ever cyclist. Also, review the host's personal feelings on Armstrong, as detailed in this "Only in America" segment from October. Then tune in at 9 for the full interview with Sheen, as he details his current relationship with his dad, actor Martin Sheen, as well as his former boss, CBS' Chuck Lorre.
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