Was the gorilla business on two and a half men too much for Kutcher to handle? Let’s find out.
Ashton Kutcher recently opened up about having a gorilla brother for his character — Walden in Two and a Half Men. We agree because it was bananas!
If you have not seen Ashton Kutcher hugging his gorilla half-brother in Two and a Half Men, then you haven’t seen everything. Besides the usual monotonous horde of jokes, Two and a Half Men also gave Ashton Kutcher’s character a gorilla brother. Talk about forced laughs! The show was losing its mojo towards the end and Walden’s gorilla brother seemed like taking it a little too far – in Ashton’s own words.
- Ashton Kutcher took over after the Charlie Sheen fiasco
- Magilla, the gorilla brother Walden didn’t know about
- Ashton Kutcher can finally laugh about the gorilla business
Ashton Kutcher took over after the Charlie Sheen fiasco
Two and a Half Men had been going well until things went south between one of the men and the show-runner, Chuck Lorre. Charlie Sheen, who played one of the Harper brothers, hit rock bottom in life as he spiraled into alcohol and substance abuse.
The actor was found completely wasted at the shoots and often misbehaving with colleagues. In one such moment, he ended up souring his relationship with Chuck Lorre, resulting in him being thrown out of the show. What’s worse, Sheen’s character met with an awful ending with him being killed off at the end of season 8.
Season 9 of Two and a Half Men introduced Ashton Kutcher as Walden Schmidt, which, although unsaid, was a hint at Sheen being replaced. While on a mission to spread Charlie’s ashes, Alan comes across Walden, a suicidal billionaire divorcee.
Walden tries to buy the beach house, knee-deep in mortgage, that Charlie has left to his brother Alan. Eventually, they begin living together, thereby restoring the ‘two men’ equation in the title.
Magilla, the gorilla brother Walden didn’t know about
In the Two and a Half Men season 9 episode, “One False Move, Zimbabwe!”, Ashton Kutcher’s character, Walden learned about having a gorilla brother named Magilla. The episode had Walden struggling to process his life at the crossroads.
On one hand, his girlfriend Zoey doesn’t seem committed enough for her to introduce him to the parents over Christmas dinner. On the other, his mother reveals to him that he was raised alongside a gorilla until he was four as a part of a science experiment. Walden realizes that all this while, he has been thinking that the gorilla was an imaginary friend that gave birth to a phobia in him of being sent off to Africa every time he made “one false move”.
In an attempt for some deep soul-searching, Walden drowns his worries away in booze followed by some questionable choices. Robin seeks to provide Walden with some closure and takes him to meet Magilla, the gorilla, at the zoo. Walden and Robin meet Magilla in a scene, which if you’re not too careful, might give you a headache.
Ashton Kutcher can finally laugh about the crazy gorilla business
Just like us, Ashton Kutcher has been questioning the nutty gorilla subplot. Although, we can laugh about it now, it had been quite an experience really. The (ape)ic twist to Walden’s story made fans wonder if the show should have ended sooner. Honestly, at that point, people were just glad that the show didn’t introduce Walden as cross between King Kong and a human.
It is the verdict of the fans that the Two and a Half Men seasons with Ashton Kutcher did not fit into the existing framework of the show. A fan said,
“First off, I want to say that I don’t hate Walden or the Walden seasons. There are definitely some nice moments in those seasons, but it just feels so disjointed from the early seasons.”
As a matter of fact, Ashton Kutcher feels somewhat similar. He believes that the show was dragged longer than it should have been which resulted in poor slapstick jokes like with his character having a gorilla half brother. Ashton Kutcher took a lighthearted dig at Two and a Half Men while discussing the cancellation of the Netflix comedy, The Ranch.
“Netflix owns the show, so it’s not like there was this big syndication boon that’s going to come if we shoot two more seasons. I’ve been on shows where you keep going, and you keep going, and then you’ve got a brother who’s a gorilla.”
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