NEW YORK (AP) _ Stepping into Michael J. Fox's squeaky-clean shoes on ``Spin City'' has given Charlie Sheen a chance to laugh at himself.

``The show's creator came to me early on and said, 'Look, Charlie, we want to make this guy pretty colorful; how do you feel about that?' And I said, 'Let's do it,' because that gives me good opportunity to deal with my notoriety head-on and let people know that I don't take myself that seriously.''

``I mean, if I can't laugh at it, I'm missing one of the best jokes of the day,'' Sheen tells the October issue of Maxim magazine.

Sheen, 35, was convicted in 1997 of beating a girlfriend. The next year he was hospitalized for a drug overdose and was ordered into a rehabilitation program after his father reported the overdose to the judge.

The actor, whose film credits include ``Money Talks,'' ``The Chase,'' ``Hot Shots! Part Deux,'' ``Major League'' and ``Young Guns,'' also told Maxim he's clueless about the opposite sex, despite being linked to numerous women.

``If I've learned anything at all, it's that I know nothing about women,'' he said. ``They remain a mystery. But I've learned to stop trying to figure them out. There's no end to the journey, and that's what makes it so compelling.''