From Jodi Guglielmi & Liz McNeil @ People: Charlie Sheen isn’t afraid to make a joke at his own expense.
The actor, 53, makes a surprise appearance in this year’s Planters Peanut Super Bowl ad, where he delivers a line he wrote himself.
In the commercial, which aired during the second quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 3, Mr. Peanut goes on a wild ride in the Planters NUTmobile before passing Sheen, who is sitting on a bench.
That’s when the former Two and a Half Men actor looks up from his newspaper and asks, “And people say I’m nuts?”
“The original line was, ‘That guy’s driving like a nut,’ ” Sheen tells PEOPLE of the ad. “And then as soon as I said [the new line], I could hear the reaction of the crowd around the monitor. It was pretty obvious that was the one they would go with.”
“It turned into more of a moment,” he adds.
But while the line is a reference to his more than colorful and headline-making past, Sheen says he’s happy to be sober and living a calmer lifestyle these days.
“I’ve been sober almost 14 months. That was the biggest change for me,” he says. “I really focus on my health, my family and work will come next. I’m excited to be excited again.”
Sheen says his sobriety hasn’t been a struggle and he was ready for his life to change. “I came to it on my own,” he says. “It was just one of those epiphany moments.”
“All I have to do is flash on four or five scenarios that live on the forefront of my memory and just remind myself this is what happened,” he says. “I don’t put myself in positions where dangerous things could happen. I just have a confidence and a focus, and a game plan and I stick to it.”
Sheen, who is the father to daughters Sam, 14, and Lola, 13 with ex Denise Richards; sons Max and Bob, 9 with ex Brooke Mueller and 33-year-old daughter, Cassandra Jade Estevez, from a previous relationship with his high school girlfriend Paula Speert, fills his days by exercising, working on future projects and spending dad-time with his kids.
When asked if his kids ever inquire about his wild past, Sheen says, “I always tell them look, anything you’re curious about or stuff that you think might be dangerous or unhealthy, I’m the guy to talk to. I have all the knowledge,” he says. “I don’t come at them with judgment or anything but love. My experiences can prevent them from going down a similar road and so the whole journey wasn’t a complete waste of time. I have all the data.”
Come this Sunday, Sheen plans to invite his friends over to watch the football game — and yes there will be Planters peanuts.
“It has been a main staple of my snacking choices over the years.”
As for his drink of choice: “I’m a ginger ale guy,” he says, before adding, “It still has got ‘ale’ in the title.”