Burt Reynolds Says Charlie Sheen 'Deserves' HIV Diagnosis: 'He Misbehaved Badly'

by Jackie Willis 11:05 AM PST, December 08, 2015
Playing Burt Reynolds Says Charlie Sheen 'Deserves' HIV Diagnosis: 'He Misbehaved Badly'

Burt Reynolds was quite adamant in a recent interview that Charlie Sheen has only himself to blame for his HIV diagnosis.

During an interview with U.K. talk show Loose Women, the 79-year-old actor was more than candid about what he thought of Sheen disclosing to the public that he is HIV positive.

"Charlie, I don't feel bad for him," Reynolds said. "He's getting what he deserves."

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When asked if he had any sympathy at all towards the former Two and a Half Men star, Reynolds insisted that he did not. "If you're gonna misbehave like that, then you're gonna get yours," he explained. "He deserves it. He misbehaved badly, really badly."

Reynolds did, however, say that he felt for Sheen's 75-year-old dad, Martin Sheen. "His father was a very, very decent man and a dear friend," he said. "I feel bad for him."

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The renowned actor did add that he could see how Sheen, 50, would get caught up with the wrong crowd. "When you're at that age, it's tough," he continued. "All those things are coming at you. It's difficult."

ET has reached out to Reynolds for further comment about his remarks.

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The Boogie Nights star has faced his own battles in the limelight. In the '80s, rumors swirled that Reynolds was "dying of AIDS" after he lost a significant amount of weight in a short period of time.

According to the actor's memoir, But Enough About Me, the weight loss was caused by an addiction to prescription pain killers, which he developed after a jaw injury. However, as rumors that he was dying gained traction, the actor said he could only think of one way to combat the speculation.

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"I just kept working," Reynolds recounted to ET. "I thought the only way to make these rumors go away is to keep working. ...It really was an awful period."

Check out ET's candid interview with Reynolds in the video below: