After decades of being anything-but-quiet about the fact that he really, really likes women, Charlie Sheen’s recent admission that he is HIV-positive continues to reverberate throughout Hollywood. The latest star to react to the “Two and a Half Men” ladies’ man of the ’00’s is Burt Reynolds — ladies’ man of the ’70’s — who says Sheen “is getting what he deserves.”
While being interviewed for ITV’s “Loose Women” talk show, the former “Smokey and the Bandit” heartthrob was extremely critical of Sheen’s defiantly loose reputation that had him living with “godesses” — and the Internet backlash is torn over his controversial comments.
“He’s handled it badly, I think,” Reynolds says of Sheen. “His father [Martin Sheen] is a very, very decent man and a dear friend of mine. I feel bad for him — but Charlie, I don’t feel bad for him.”
“He’s getting what he deserves. If you’re going to misbehave like that, they’re going to get you.”
Many are interpreting the “they” in that statement to mean women — as if to say, if you sleep with enough women, they’ll get you … with HIV? Which seems like a strange statement to hear from Burt Reynolds, who is promoting a book “But Enough About Me” that details his ’70’s sex symbol run and proudly lists many of the famous women he took to bed.
In fact, Reynolds did admit to having some understanding of Sheen’s temptations. “He misbehaved badly. Very badly,” says the “Boogie Nights” star. “But you know, when you’re that age, it’s tough. All those things are coming at you and it’s difficult.”
Reynolds’ comments have set off social media, with some condemning such ill-will towards an HIV victim, and others in agreement with the Hollywood icon.