They've had something of an on-again, off-again separation, but today, a 17-page court declaration was filed by Denise Richards, in which she spread out a wide array of shocking charges against her husband, Charlie Sheen. I won't repeat them, but they've started turning up online.
The last decent film Richards appeared in was Love, Actually in 2003, and before that, Starship Troopers in 1997. For Sheen, you have to go right back to Being John Malkovich in 1999, and then, the only truthfully strong movies he appeared in before that were Eight Men Out and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Neither Richards or Sheen is ever likely to make waves in their acting careers again. This bitter, brutal divorce might be their last memorable appearance, sad as it is. I suppose, in a small way, then, this is film history being made.
Is it condescending of me to link this kind of behaviour to Richards' and Sheen's inability to turn in good screen performances? I certainly can't think of any talented screen-star couples who crashed and burned with such vulgarity.