After getting fired from the series in 2011, the actor has been keen on giving his character in the popular sitcom a deserving end.
Chuck Lorre’s widely successful sitcom, Two and a Half Men not only put him on the map as one of the most successful show-runners on American television, but also gave its actors mainstream popularity. The series ran for 12 seasons and was a ratings beast and saw viewership between 11 and 16 million every season.
- The nerdy, the promiscuous and the kid
- The Charlie Sheen interview fiasco
- Is Sheen on the path of redemption now?
The Primetime Emmy Award winning show found hardcore fans in its audience who loved every bit of it. Two and a Half Men was led by actor Charlie Sheen for the first eight seasons until his very public meltdown in 2011. He was eventually replaced by Ashton Kutcher. Even though the series continued to do well, Sheen’s career never really picked up after that.
The nerdy, the promiscuous and the kid
Two and a Half Men was a situational comedy about the adventures of a carefree bachelor, Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) living in his Malibu beach house and enjoying casual relationships with women. His brother, Alan (Jon Cryer), started living with him along with his son, Jake (Angus T. Jones) after his divorce.
Season 8 marked Sheen’s final appearance on the show. Charlie Harper was shown to have been left heartbroken after his fiancé broke off their engagement. He headed to Paris with a former stalker, Rose. After laying Sheen off due to his string of derogatory interviews, the makers hurriedly started looking for an actor to replace him and zeroed in on Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher managed to hold the fort down and contributed majorly to the success of the subsequent four seasons.
Season 9 opened with the premise that Charlie had died after having been pushed by Rose in front of a train for cheating on her. In the final season, it was revealed that he was still alive and was ultimately killed off in the finale episode of season 12.
The Charlie Sheen interview fiasco
Already struggling with drugs, Sheen around 2011 was constantly in and out of rehab. He finally went off the rails with his damning ‘winning’ interview, in which he went on a rampage calling himself a winner and claiming that Two and a Half Men creator Lorre was “stupid” and “a clown”, and even went ahead and said that it was Sheen himself who had “converted this tin can into pure gold” referring to the sitcom.
“I didn’t care about that vanity card, I went straight home and dispelled that, that was actually one of the few compliments that clown has paid me in frickin’ almost a decade. I embarrassed him in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that his un-evolved mind cannot process…. I’ve spent, I think, close to the last decade, I don’t know, effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold. And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write.”
Viewers of this interview noticed Sheen’s erratic behaviour and symptoms of mental unsoundness.
The disastrous interview ended with him being fired from the series. After this, Sheen did eventually go on to take up other projects including sitcom, Anger Management, but nothing worked successfully.
Is Sheen on the path of redemption now?
Lorre invited Sheen to be a part of the finale of the series in which Charlie Harper was killed for good, but he refused. The episode seemingly took a dig at Sheen and gave a humiliating end to his character.
However, over the years, Sheen has expressed his desire to make amends with Lorre and his willingness to be a part of a possible reboot. He reportedly said in an interview with Loose Women, “I think as long as everybody involved is alive and kicking then there’s definitely a possibility. Of course [I would like it to], because there’s a trend towards reboots these days, and I think that would be one that folks might tune in for.”
In 2018 he was quoted saying, “It is a thing I want to mend!”, while talking about his tumultuous relationship with Lorre. If the show-runner decides to forgive Sheen, he will probably be seen in the reboot if it happens. But one cannot really say for sure considering the problematic equation the two have shared for years.
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