Charlie Sheen is not upset that Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros. are exploring their options when it comes to replacing him on Two and a Half Men. He seems to be handling it quite well, endorsing Rob Lowe, the latest actor connected to the role, as his replacement. But what’s the catch?
“He’s a buddy of mine, he’s a beautiful man, a brilliant actor, and I hope he does it and kicks its ass because I still get [paid],” Charlie told radio host Dan Patrick today on his show, via The Hollywood Reporter.
What advice does the 45-year-old actor, who was the highest paid actor on TV, have for the person who will replace him?
“Don’t look at the 177 episodes that I brilliantly did. Just park those!” he said. “Ignore the 400 reruns every week that you can’t avoid. Cancel your Sheen app. I’d recommend, in all seriousness, that they make it their own.”
But don’t get him wrong. Even if they cast a “brilliant” actor to replace him. Charlie doesn’t think the show will be a success without him.
“I don’t even know if they would call the [character] ‘Charlie’ anymore … how does the show transition?” he questioned. “Do you have [the show's creator & executive producer] Chuck [Lorre], that silly sad troll, do you have him talk in the camera and say, ‘Here’s what happened’ and then Rob Lowe comes out? Or do they just do it, without explaining it, and hope no one notices?”
Charlie also spoke to Patrick about the recent CBS claims that he arrived to work in poor condition and would “flub his lines.”
“Flubbing my lines, wow … is that the best they got?” Sheen said.
As to the claims he was under the influence, he said, “Never — I was drinking water cause I was dehydrated from the night before … it’s a complete fabrication … when I step into the lines on that stage, I’ve never been loaded once.”
Charlie also took a jab at Celebrity Rehab host Dr. Drew Pinsky, dismissing his guidance.
“These ridiculous, retarded zombies … the Pinskys and Minskys and all these experts that never met me … calling me a 5150.”