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The Untold Truth Of Two And A Half Men

When Two and a Half Men debuted on CBS in September 2003 no one couldve imagined that it would last for 12 seasons and become one of the most talked about sitcoms of all time. The magical on screen pairing of Charlie Sheen Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones felt like lightning in a bottle as the tantalizing trio brought tongue in cheek humor and suggestive innuendos that had the audience in stitches.While the formula worked on screen it wasnt all fun and games behind the scenes. Most notably Sheens 2011 meltdown made all the wrong headlines and wreaked havoc on set. Eventually it got to the point where he was fired from the sitcom but how would the show be able to continue without the biggest TV star in the world at the time? And why did another big name actor turn down the opportunity to replace Sheen as the face of the program? These are just some of the topics that well be diving deeper into as we uncover the often shocking untold truth of Two and a Half Men.

A different Evelyn Harper

It isnt unusual for pilots to feature different actors from the final cast announced for a series. Quite often these standalone episodes act as a proof of concept and no one can predict if a network will pick the series up. In the case of Two and a Half Men the original pilot Most Chicks Wont Eat Veal featured Blythe Danner in the role of Evelyn Harper the matriarch of the family.The Emmy Award winning actress didnt stick around when the sitcom was picked up by CBS though. According to showrunner Chuck Lorre the role wasnt a really good fit for her via the Orlando Sentinel and she was replaced by Holland Taylor. However rumors suggest that Danner was actually dismissed after she insisted on making changes to some scenes that didnt sit well with the producers of the show. While the pilot featuring Danner never aired on television unofficial footage of it is still available on YouTube.

No Hugh for you

Replacing a star like Charlie Sheen isnt easy. Yet the show was determined to soldier on without him and sign up another actor to play one of the other men in Two and a Half Men. Before Ashton Kutcher hopped on board there were several other actors linked with the sitcom. One of the biggest names mentioned was Hugh Grant who was reportedly offered a sizable paycheck via Deadline.In a later interview on Howard Sterns show Grant revealed that he was contacted about a part on the show but turned it down. They talked to me about it but the problem was they didnt have a script or a new character Grant said. They just said Trust us. Well create one. I said Well its very difficult for me to consider this without a script. And they said Trust us! Trust us! Ultimately Grant said no because he wasnt prepared to accept the job without a script. He joked to Stern that he does regret not getting the paycheck when he realized how much TV stars earned in the U.S.

Charlies plans for the spinoff show

Charlie Sheens departure from Two and a Half Men was quite the event making headlines around the world and inspiring a generation of quality memes and hashtags. In the years afterward though many fans held onto a glimmer of hope that hed patch up his differences with Chuck Lorre and have one last rodeo on the show and he nearly did.For the series finale the producers reached out to him about a potential appearance. The plan was always to drop a piano on Charlie Harpers head as revealed by Lorres title card at the end of the episode. However Sheen wasnt interested in this particular ending pitching his own suggestion A scene that sets up a spinoff sitcom called The Harpers which wouldve starred him and Jon Cryer. After the debacle that had happened between Sheen and everyone else involved on Two and a Half Men lets just say that no one jumped at his idea so the episode went ahead with Lorres original ending and without Sheens involvement.

Angus T. Jones was the chosen one

While Two and a Half Men focused on the self inflicted shenanigans caused by Charlie and Alan Harper the heart of the show was Jake who was played by Angus T. Jones. From his pitch perfect comedic timing to his undisputed chemistry with his illustrious co stars the 9 year old Jones took all the plaudits right from the get go. One wouldve expected that the casting for the part of Jake was a long arduous process but it wasnt. Angus was the only little boy who read for the part Chuck Lorre revealed to FoundationINTERVIEWS. The showrunner added that he had seen Jones performance as Hunter Morris in 2002s The Rookie and thought he was adorable so he invited him to read for the role of Jake. After seeing how much of a good time Jones was having in the audition process and how nonchalant he was about the whole thing the decision to cast him was an easy one.

When Charlie Sheen became Charlie Harper

Its no secret that the line where Charlie Sheen ended and Charlie Harper began was a blurred one. At times many fans didnt know if Sheen was simply playing a character or himself. However there was a moment when the actor acted exactly like his TV character and interacted with Jon Cryer as he wouldve Alan Harper.In his autobiography So That Happened Cryer admitted that he was in a bad state after his divorce via The Hollywood Reporter. He decided to pay someone for company and Sheen provided his expert advice here. Charlie suggested a few online purveyors he occasionally used as this was when prostitution was gaining a foothold on the Internet Cryer said. He and I had different tastes so I didnt go with his exact recommendations. In another case of life imitating art Cryer revealed that he once brought a girlfriend to the set only to be told by Sheen that hed dated her in the past and theyd broken up because she wouldnt allow him to bring another partner into the relationship.

The real reason Ashton Kutcher joined Two and a Half Men

When Ashton Kutcher joined Two and a Half Men it surprised everyone including the actor himself. Kutcher was a big movie star who was proving himself a bankable name in the industry so for him to go back to TV where he started seemed like a move backward. In an interview with Howard Stern via News.com.au Kutcher disclosed what swayed his decision to take the role of Walden Schmidt. His previous agent worked for William Morris Endeavour a company that had significant involvement in Two and a Half Men. At the time if the sitcom was renewed for two more seasons there was the possibility of syndication which also meant a never ending revenue stream for everyone involved. Kutcher revealed that when he found out Charlie Sheen was making $1.8 million an episode he told his agent If they offered me that kind of money for that job Id take it! While he reportedly didnt get the same offer as Sheen Kutcher was offered a lucrative payday and he took it. Who says the right amount of money cant influence a decision?

Walden Schmidt changed drastically

Walden Schmidt made his debut in Season 9 of Two and a Half Men as a billionaire entrepreneur who ends up buying Charlie Harpers beach house and becoming Alans new best friend and eventual husband. According to Ashton Kutcher though the character of Walden turned out much more different than how he was originally pitched.Appearing on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast via CinemaBlend Kutcher said that when he met with Chuck Lorre to discuss the part of Walden he was pitched an idea for this character that I thought was really interesting which wasnt the character that I ended up [playing]. Kutcher never revealed the differences made to the character from the pitch to the first script but he did mention how he asked Lorre about the changes. The showrunner told him it was going to be a big story and a big thing so Kutcher put faith in Lorres vision and went along for the ride.

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