Charlie Sheen: I Gave Winona Ryder Her Name!

Anger Management star says the actress has "never, never [given] me credit to this day" for thinking up her moniker

By Rebecca Macatee Jul 06, 2012 8:42 PMTags

Charlie Sheen was winning long before he coined that phrase last year.

In fact, the actor claims that before Winona Ryder ever hit the big time, he came up with her stage name.

"We were listening to the Doors, to 'Riders on the Storm.' [Winona's] real name is Horowitz," he explained during an appearance on CenterStage airing Friday. "And I said, 'You know, I'm thinking Winona Ryder sounds cool,' and she was like, 'Yeah!'"

So did Ms. Horowitz (er, Ryder) thank Sheen for his career-altering contribution?


"[She] never, never gave me credit to this day!" he quipped.

And while the 46-year-old Anger Management star is happy to take credit for the good things he's accomplished, he also accepts some blame for the bad.

Like last year, when he got fired from Two and a Half Men after very publicly bashing show creator Chuck Lorre? "A lot of it was my fault, a lot of it was their fault," he said. "They went into my personal space, you know? And then my personal space might have been not the most private place in the world."

"It got in the way of the work," he admitted. "I like to think that I didn't get fired, I got traded for a player to be named later. When you take away the anchor, you…tend to go adrift…So I felt bad for them for like a nanosecond."

But he gives credit to his successor. "I thought the introduction to Ashton [Kutcher's] character…you know, the urn by the window—it was like one of the great TV moments ever."

For the full interview, tune in to CenterStage: Charlie Sheen, premiering Friday at 11 p.m. on the YES Network.