9/11 star Charlie Sheen is defending his comments that September 11th may have been an inside job.
Sheen is in a new movie this weekend about the September 11th terrorist attacks called 9/11; his casting raised eyebrows considering that in 2006, Sheen told 9/11 truther Alex Jones in an interview that the Twin Towers may have collapsed due to a controlled demolition.
“I have a hard time believing that a fireball traveled down the elevator over 1100 feet and still had the explosive energy to destroy the lobby like it was described,” Sheen said. “I said, ‘Hey, call me insane, but did it sort of look like those buildings came down in a controlled demolition?'”
This week, Sheen spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about these comments. First, he defended himself by saying that he was simply parroting what others had said.
“I know I got lot of heat for the opinions I had that weren’t just my own,” Sheen said. “I was not just coming up with stuff about 9/11. I was parroting those a lot smarter and a lot more experienced than myself, who had very similar questions.”
Sheen went on to say that if he offended anyone, he apologizes, but also “if I inspired anyone, then so be it.” He then went even further, suggesting that he still has questions about what happened that day.
“Not to put this behind us, because, as it was brilliantly written, we must never forget, but there are still a couple of things just rooted in simple physics that beg some measure of inquiry,” he said. “I was in contact with a lot of family members and they were in concert with a lot of my questions.”
In a separate interview with The New York Daily News, director Martin Guigui said that he didn’t see a problem with casting a 9/11 truther in a movie about 9/11.
“…[T]hat was never something that affected my decision-making process,” he said. “I see Charlie as an extraordinary talent, and I gotta tell you, when he came to the set, he inspired everybody and he rose to the occasion.”
When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if he has any regrets about casting Sheen, Guigui simply said that Sheen “made it clear to me that there’s a time for everything and that presently his thoughts and feelings about 9/11 are that it was a horrible tragedy.”
Actress Gina Gershon, who plays Charlie Sheen’s character’s wife in 9/11, told The New York Daily News that she didn’t know about the actor’s comments before doing the film and that she would have had a conversation with him about it had she known.
9/11 was not screened for critics ahead of its premiere in theaters, and therefore no reviews have yet been released.