Till March 7, 2011, Charlie Sheen was one of many highest-paid actors on TV for his function on Two and a Half Males because the hyper-sexed bachelor Charlie Harper. However then all of it went south for the actor in a really public feud with Warner Bros. Tv and producer Chuck Lorre. Right here, we break down what occurred.
The Ultimate Straw
Two and a Half Males, then CBS’ top-rated comedy, had paused manufacturing earlier in Season 8 in order that Sheen may attend rehab following a yr of drug and alcohol-related incidents, as Reuters reported on the time.
The present — co-starring Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones as Charlie Harper’s live-in brother Alan and nephew Jake — was slated to renew manufacturing in February 2011. Nevertheless, Sheen went off on Lorre in a radio interview with Alex Jones, calling his then-boss a “clown” and a “charlatan.” At different components of his weird rant, Sheen boasted he was an “F-18” with “poetry in [his] fingertips” with a military of “Vatican murderer warlocks,” and that his success price was “100%,” in comparison with the “5 p.c” success price of “bootleg cult” Alcoholics Nameless.
So, on March 7, Warner Bros. Tv gave Sheen the heave-ho. “After cautious consideration, Warner Bros. Tv has terminated Charlie Sheen’s companies on Two and a Half Males efficient instantly,” the corporate stated in a press release.
In a letter obtained by TMZ, Warner Bros. attorneys advised Sheen’s lawyer that the actor had been “engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and seems to be very unwell.” The letter additionally cited Warner Bros.’ “affordable good religion opinion that Mr. Sheen has dedicated felony offenses involving ethical turpitude (together with however not restricted to furnishing of cocaine to others as a part of the self-destructive life-style he has described publicly).”
Charlie Harper’s Unceremonious Ship-Off(s)
Manufacturing on Two and a Half Males’s eighth season by no means resumed, and by the point the present returned for Season 9 that September, Sheen had been changed by Ashton Kutcher, taking part in Web billionaire Walden Schmidt, who purchased Charlie Harper’s seaside home after Harper fell on the subway tracks in Paris and was killed by a practice. (“His physique simply exploded like a balloon stuffed with meat,” Charlie’s spurned fiancée tells mourners on the funeral.) The character returns on the finish of Season 9, this time performed by Kathy Bates, explaining that his everlasting damnation includes being trapped in an “previous broad’s physique.”
And within the sequence finale three seasons later, Charlie makes a shock resurrection and returns residence—solely to be crushed by a falling piano within the remaining seconds of the present, a physique double filling in for Sheen the entire time.
Who Will get The Final Chortle?
In his remaining self-importance card in the course of the present’s credit, Lorre advised viewers that Sheen was supplied a job within the sequence finale during which the actor would discuss in regards to the risks of drug abuse however specify that he, being a “ninja warrior from Mars,” was resistant to these risks. And then he can be killed by a falling piano.
“We thought it was humorous. He didn’t,” Lorre added. “As an alternative, he wished us to put in writing a heart-warming scene that will arrange his return to primetime TV in a brand new sitcom known as The Harpers starring him and Jon Cryer. We thought that was humorous, too.”
Lorre later advised us that account is all true. “I hoped we may make it occur,” he defined. “We thought we had an opportunity for him to talk into the digicam and have the previous couple of minutes of the present fully to himself. After which simply let all hell break free and begin dropping pianos out of the sky. It was not meant to be.”
Regrets, Sheen Has a Few
Now, a decade after the “#profitable” drama, Sheen’s braggadocio has turned remorse. “Folks have [said to] me, ‘Hey, man, that was so cool, that was so enjoyable to look at. That was so cool to be part of and assist and all that vitality and, you already know, we caught it to the person,’” Sheen advised Yahoo! Leisure in an interview printed in February 2021. “My thought behind that’s, ‘Oh, yeah, nice. I’m so glad that I traded early retirement for a f—king hashtag.’”
Sheen attributed the sorry saga to “medicine or the residual results of medicine”—in addition to an “ocean of stress and a volcano of disdain”—and wryly commented that the one time he was supplied the Warner jet was when former CBS CEO Les Moonves requested him to fly to a rehab facility.
“If I may return in time to that second, I might’ve gotten on the jet,” he advised the location. “And it was that big left flip in that second that led to, you already know, a really unlucky sequence of public and insane occasions.”
Now, Sheen, who has since starred on the FX comedy Anger Administration, is taking duty for his misdeeds whereas wanting ahead to what he calls his third act.
“There was 55 other ways for me to deal with that state of affairs, and I selected quantity 56. And so, you already know, I feel the expansion for me post-meltdown or soften ahead or soften someplace—nevertheless you wish to label it—it has to begin with absolute possession of my function in all of it,” he added. “And it was desperately juvenile.”
Mary Ellers is Wahu Times’s senior journalist covering federal politics. She has previously wrote for NPR and is a regular contributor to Medium. Mary graduated from Georgetown University’s journalism school with distinction in 2014.