Support for the loopy 9/11 documentary “Loose Change” - which argues that the World Trade Center terror attack was part of a secret U.S. government conspiracy - is quickly losing steam.
A source tells us Charlie Sheen “is having second thoughts” about being involved in an updated version of the flick, which has a huge following on YouTube. As Page Six reported in March, Sheen had agreed to narrate the ridiculous flick, presumably to give it some needed Hollywood sizzle.
The conspiracy documentary got a further boost earlier this month when Virgin Atlantic announced it would offer the current, narration-free version as an in-flight movie choice. But just days later, it scrapped the idea. “After Virgin announced it, bloggers went nuts and there was so much negative feedback that [the airline] a few days later nixed it,” the source said.
After we revealed Sheen’s participation, the “Two and a Half Men” star told Extra: “It’s a story that needs to be told. It’s a story about the truth, and the truth needs to be exposed. It’s not just me, not just the Hollywood community [that] is standing up saying what you have given us doesn’t make sense. We just want better answers.” As for Sheen now pulling his support, the star’s flack, Stan Rosenfield, did not return calls over two days.
Another proponent of the “Loose Change” theory is Rosie O’Donnell, who trumpeted her feelings about it on “The View” and her blog, making ABC brass nervous and infuriating some viewers.
O’Donnell reportedly had booked the film’s producers, Korey Rowe and Dylan Avery, on Thursday’s show. But after getting into a fight with Elisabeth Hasselbeck Wednesday, and after her chief writer was caught defacing Hasselbeck’s photos with mustaches, O’Donnell left the show.
“Loose Change” pushes the widely debunked “controlled demolition” theory, which claims the Twin Towers and 7 World Trade Center were blown up from within. It alleges the jet-fuel fires inside the towers weren’t hot enough to melt the buildings’ steel beams.
Those claims were soundly refuted by Popular Mechanics magazine, which meticulously shot down every single one.