“Grace Under Fire” star Brett Butler, who has lived in Floyd County for several years, recently nabbed a new role in the upcoming FX sitcom featuring Charlie Sheen “Anger Management,” according to an exclusive report from Deadline.com.
There are parallels between Sheen and Butler.
Sheen was dropped from his sitcom “Two and a Half Men” last year over intemperate remarks he made about creator Chuck Lorre. His show had to be shut down several times due to Sheen’s personal problems.
Butler, who grew up in Marietta, in the late 1990s watched her successful sitcom (also produced by Lorre) crumble as she struggled with drug addiction and erratic behavior. Her show, too, often faced production delays due to her problems.
According to the Deadline.com story:
Butler and Sheen are also managed by the same company, Evolution Entertainment. “Brett is a great comedic voice and Charlie and I thought she’d be strong in that role,” Anger Management‘s executive producer/showrunner Bruce Helford said. “Besides the obvious irony of her being in one of Chuck’s show’s too.”
Butler will play a bartender at the bar Sheen’s character hangs out in.
Butler told TV Guide last year that she remained clean for 12 years, going back to 1999.
“It’s amazing, not just that I didn’t die, but that somebody didn’t kill me,” she told TV Guide. “The Hollywood experience is so surreal to begin with, to add drugs to it, it’s like you’re inside a kaleidoscope. And by the time I started feeling besieged, it was much worse than I knew.”
In recent years, Butler has been off the radar screen though she has done stand-up comedy dates. (I’ve seen her twice, once at the Punchline in 2004 and again at the now shuttered Funny Farm in 2007.) She did appear for one season as a judge on “Last Comic Standing” and had a funny role on “My Name is Earl.”
Last August, an assistant helping out Butler informed me she was holding an estate sale in Floyd County at her residence. But the sale was canceled at the last second.
According to Christine Rowland, Floyd County Magistrate Court deputy clerk, Bank of America filed an eviction notice January 23 on Butler’s property in Silver Creek. But she said they were unable to serve the notice to Butler because the constable was unable to get past the front gate.
I have left a message with the attorney representing Bank of America to see what the status is regarding that property.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk