Hugh Grant and Charlie Sheen couldn't seem more opposite, yet the British actor almost took over the fired star's spot on "Two and a Half Men."
In fact, Deadline reports, Grant was close to signing a deal with the CBS series but backed out at the last minute.
The idea of bringing in Grant was initially brought up to network executives about a month ago, and he even flew in for two meetings. A deal was hammered out in which the "Four Weddings and a Funeral" star would get roughly $1 million per episode (Sheen earned $2 million per show), but Grant suddenly changed his mind.
"It was not the money. He didn't want to do TV because those 24 episodes are a grind and a lot of work," a source tells Deadline. "At the end he couldn't get his head around doing a series."
Another insider tells the site that "Two and a Half Men" "could have gotten another three to four more seasons" if Grant had signed on.
The actor has declined to comment on the report.
Would Grant have made a good replacement for Sheen?
I would have watched to look at him. I think he's dreamy!
hugh grant would have been a better choice then ashton but then agian anybody would have been a better replacement then him.hugh was smart to pull out though because without sheen the show is in the crapper.cbs should have just let it go and come up with something else.
Hugh's the best. He would have made a great replacement?
not for nothing can this show stop the 15 sec jokes and then canned (wait for it) laughter?? give me a brake i can create stuff that blows this show away.. for real i could..
berta, the brother ect.. time to get a fresh team of the best comic minds in the country. paying $$$ for top goodlooking main actor is NOT ggod enough to pass GO.
Grant would have been great. He's a much better actor than Sheen, and he has that bad boy image down. Too bad. I think he would have really helped the show. He would have played nicely against John Cryer.
Hello, if anyone could pull it off, it's Vince Vaughn...clean him up good and watch the ratings soar!!!
Grant would have made a good replacement. He is funny without trying too hard.
Sadly the show is over. CBS will NEVER find a suitable repalcement for Charlie Sheen. I think Chuck Lorre needs to suck it up and get Charlie hired back, for the amount of money Charlie made them, they can afford to take a hit to the ego and just bring him back
the reason sheen was good on the show is "u get a drunk to play a drunk". I hate to say it but sheen did do a good job on the show. And YES everyone is replaceable.... GO to a real AA meeting sheen.... go to one thats in the middle of now where and really work on yrself.... i bet money if u really did that and left all the cameras and people bk in LA, u would come out a much better person..... ohh wait that would mean u would have to grow up and take responiablity for yrself........ ohhhh noooooooo!!!!!!!!!!
I'd like to see Vince Vaughn replace Sheen.
I'm happy Sheen is gone. Wonder if he still feels like he's 'winning'. Winning what, B rate actor?
The role is just a 40 something year old guy who can't commit, pulls women and has luck. Not a very difficult role.
Jazz it up and get one of the Hangover guys on it!
I liked the answer man's answer. He and I are the only ones to come up with Jack Nicholson as a replacement. That diabolical raised eyebrow of his is worth a thousand lines. But, Jack's busy these days watching tennis and basketball.
I always liked the show. I would quit watching for good if they brought Charlie Sheen back. They do not need to cancel the show. There are some other very good actors that could come on as a new character. The worst thing they could do is bring Charlie back.
Quack! The ducks go quack! I have misplaced my anus.
Hey Charlie, we know ur reading all these blogs, give us ur thoughts!
get a life people!
Hell yea! He would have been great....the writers are the ones that make the show funny!
Wow! Hugh Grant- Never watched the show before, but would love to watch HG on TV!!
I cornholed him at lunch today.
SHEEN CANT BE REPLACED!!! IF HES NOT ON THE SHOW, THEN THE SHOW IS OVER!! JUST BRING SHEEN BACK. EVERYONE KNEW HE HAD PROBLEMS FROM THE START!
I watch Two and A Half Men, its must see TV for me. I don't like Grant and would have stopped watching CBS, step up to the plate, swallow hard and do the right thing.... bring Sheen back.
The only replacement for Sheen would be a hologram of Gary Coleman.
hell, anyone would make a good replacement for sheen – even me!
There's only two people capable of pulling off replacing Charlie Sheen for Men. One of them Rob Lowe has already been ruled out. The other is Robert Downy Jr. He would do a fantastic job with it.
Just let it go. The series has run its course. Halfway through the first season the kid gets married and moves out and then what do you have left? 2 men?
The show is over...unless they bring charlie sheen back, the show won't be the same,no matter who they try to replace sheen with, I won't watch it anymore,I rather watch the reruns.
Hugh Grant wouldn't be believable in this type of role. what about Billy Bob Thornton?
This is how crazy Hollywood is, they offered him $1 million an episode and he turned it down..... what takes an average person to earn in their entire lifetime he could have made in a week....crazy...
You might think it crazy but some people have other priorities besides money.
I dont think Hugh would have been a good choice for this show.
But i dont want Creepy Charlie to come back so i DO hope they find a replacement .
Robert Downey Jr or Christian Slater sound good to me or any other man-child will do.
Do you know Downey or Slater's life they are as "creepy" as Charlie Sheen.
When you don't know something the best option is just to not say anything..
Or they could just call it one adult and one fat kid.
No way can Huge Grant take Charlie Sheen's place. He's not good looking or funny. You need a guy with carisma. John Stamos, maybe. The key role is good looking.
Just leave it the way it is & call it 1 1/2 men, problem solved!
He really needs to get some Botox.
I LOVE HUGH GRANT. I think he has a great sense of humor and he would have been great for that role. Having said that, I also think that eventhough it is a good role it comes with alot of baggage and expectations. I think that with all the controversy no actor can deal with the comparisons and the stress. Lets face it, HUGH GRANT has talent and he would be acting if he was cast for the role. Charlie Sheen was just getting paid to act like himself. I wished it would have been Hugh Grant but I do see why he would turn it down. I am just glad that I won't have to see Charlie Sheen again. Hopefully, Ever.
How exactly would they explain Charlie's dramatic change in looks and newly aquired British accent? They're really reaching now.
Obviously Hugh would not be playing Charlie. They would have had to come up with a storyline that wrote Charlie out of the show, and introduced Hugh's character somehow.
Bring in Rob Lowe. Poor Charlie dies from an accidental drug overdose. Rob shows up at the funeral ( a son mother never bothered to mention ) and he and Alan become fast friends. Alan invites him to live in the condo, which he has inherited, and life goes on.
The show should just be canceled.
Why not have the kid who now is all grown up start acting like Charlie. He can be the new womanizer.
Robert Downey Jr?
I think that would have been a great choice if this gig was available before Jr's comeback
he would be TOO good and intense. would blow away other actors on show and expose the contrast.
also he would start becoming the role he was playing, in his real life. now that is a big issue if u know him like i do.
but u r correct. he would be be amazing for this tv role.
Don't go criticizing Hugh's looks; have you taken a good look at Sheen lately? The drugs have taken a toll on the looks and the brain! Hugh has a great sense of humor, i.e. Four Weddings and a Funeral. As far as looks, Rob Lowe would be perfect for the part. I would NEVER take Sheen back!!! He is a loser!!
This part requires a has-been loser with minimal talent. How about Rob Lowe?
Charlie was the show, you can't repalce him!
Nobody can replace Sheen! Sheen is amazing and he is perfect for the paper! Two and a half men will never be the same!
I think it would be great to have Ted McGinley gurst star on the first couple of episodes next season! Is there a better go to other guy ever in the history of television. Have him do 2-3 episodes for a goof!
Enough already ~ Please bring back charlie :) I LOVE THIS SHOW !!!
Easy… Charlie dies, Alan inherits Charlie's house only to find out Charlie has no money and is heavily in debt. Alan then has to take in a roommate to make ends meet. Bring in whoever you want.
I thought of that...where Alan inherits the house, but finds out Charlie was heavily in debt. That is so perfect for the character of Alan. Then how about if Judith kicks Herb out and he comes to live with Alan. Ryan Stiles is hillarious! And how old is his and Judith's daugher? She could come stay with them sometimes, too.
Actually Ryan Stiles said just recently that for him the show will not work without Charlie Sheen, he is a long time buddy of Charlie (they did the two Hot Shots movies back in the day) and supports him so people..who want Herb/Ryan as a replacement for Harper/Sheen make me laugh even Ryan Stiles (who i really like by the way) disagree with you !!
Anyone can be replaced, especially a drunk. Sheen's head was so far up his own a** that he was finally fired – period. I don't care who they replace him with, just replace him already!
We need someone to replace Charlie Sheen on Two & a Half Men by September (new season begins), someone funnier, better, & smarter. WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER OBL!
Grant is an exquisitely elegant man and he chose his roles to suit his style previously. He may not have the same dramatic caliber as some other British actors, but he seems genuine in his parts and in a certain nonchalante archetype he embodies on screen. Why on earth would he have taken a role in a mediocre tv show? Only partially amuzing. He did About a Boy and its 110 minutes or whatever the lenght were sufficient to convey the message. I find Sheen on the other part a charmless presence on the screen. Unatractive and unauthentic. It's about the role as much as it is about oneself. Can't quite separate the two. And he's obviously coyled around a lifetime of self-destructive behavior. Even at his height in Wall Street, still bland.
Clearly the only actor who could realistically take Charlie Sheen's role and really run with it is Jack Nicholson. The long lost uncle comes in to move with them after Charlie's funeral. And then he won't leave.
Chuck needs to accept that Charlie was just "being Charlie" – you can't create a show around his personality then fire him for being who he is. Made an episode where Charlie rants about his boss – turn it into a positive, with Charlie Sheen next season!
There is no replacing Sheen, as far as the show going on; only if they bring Sheen back.
I think they should get Craig T Nelson to come in as Jake's grandfather. He is soooo funny but since he has an ability to go to scary and intense at the same time, he could reduce Alan to a quivering bowl of jello with just a look.
...How would it work with 1 british brother and 1 American brother who somehow grew up together?
Show is dead without Charlie. He was the best.
Too bad, I think he would have been really good. Don't give up CBS... keep looking.... ANYONE is better than the Sheen guy.
He's better than this show , it's garbage. Who has time to watch
I think Hugh Grant would have been a good replacement. Never have been a big fan of Sheen and certainly not now. The guy is crazy!
That British ponce couldn't replace me! I got tiger blood and adonis dna!
I would love to see them kill Charlie off and have his will leaving everything to Jake, who in turn beings living Charlie's lifestyle much to the consternation of Alan, who is helpless to do anything about it since Jake is now of legal age.
How about casting Tony Danza for the part? He is an actor that was huge in the 70's and 80's and a little into the 90's. He has been on TV and was very funny.
Tony Danza is 60-something years old. Like you said, he was a star in the 70s-80s, i.e., 30 years ago. He's simply too old for the part. I think HG could pull it off, as well as some other names that were mentioned here. Anyone but CS - he needs mental help, not a tv show.
Hugh Jackman could have done it, he's great with the ladies. Maybe Hugh Laurie, too. Hugh Grant would have been awesome. Or maybe Grant Show.
The show should just write off Charlie as ODing and that gay brother character should adopt a young cute mischievous new kid. How could it go wrong?
They should just let that show die. It was only somewhat funny when the kid was pre-puberty. In the past few years it was the same bad jokes recast over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. It jumped the shark as soon as the kid's voice started to change. Let it die with what little dignity it has and replace it with one of those lame "reality" shows that help keep the American public so lobotomized that they even believe the what Newt Gingrich says.
I think Grant could pull it off. If not Hugh Grant, how about Harry Connick Jr? Anybody but Sheen.
I agree that Grant could pull it off if he had a Simon Cowellesque type of personality. However, I think he backed out because I read a couple of months ago that he knocked up his girlfriend of a few months. I'm sure he's in a "Oh crap! What have I done?" mentality mode.
Never thought about Harry Connick, Jr. as a replacement but actually, that could be brilliant.
The only thing Grant could pull off is other mens weeners in the mens bathroom stall at the local K-Mart. Which I understand he likes to do.
He looks like the girlfriend of Meredith BaxterBirney.
No no no! What happened to the, "go to guy", Rob Lowe?
I could see Hugh as the star. It would be a little different but he could easily be a jingle (or child song) writer and womanizer. Not sure about the drunk though. Maybe a stoner?
Hugh Grant has flopped on the big sceen in so many movies. I couldn't stand listening to the accent every week and see him throw his bangs away from his eyes.
No one would be an adequate for Charlie Sheen except Charlie Sheen. The show is over.
As a diehard fan of the show, I think it would work without anyone replacing Charlie Sheen. Berta, Jake, Evelyn, Herb, and Rose are all funny.
The only man that can play that part is Charlie Sheen. So CBS stop acting foolish and hire Charlie back. You knew how he was when you hired him so deal with it.
Josh Holloway would be a perfect replacement for Sheen. Import one of the writers from LOST too so he'll have those catchy nicknames in the script!
I would consider Christian Slater now that he is out of the job, hot, girl´s magnet and would be a great replacement.
We'll never know now.
I think he would have been outstanding. He is such a better actor than Charlie Sheen
Wow, yeah cause Grant has done as many iconic roles as Sheen has including making a series "The most watched series" aside from his movies
The only thing this British PrimaDona can do is turn tin cans into doo doo receptacles.
Now that Sheen is off the show, they can change the name of it to "Two Men"
Wouldn't On and a-half-Men be more appropriate?!
I really liked Hugh in "Notting Hill". He has seemed to age very rapidly.
"Notting Hill" was 12 years ago. Hugh is 50 now. People don't stay the same age forever, you know?
That's funny! I have to agree with jujubeans. Couldn't have said it better myself. Besides, no matter how disgusting Charlie can get, there just isn't another one like him for that particular series. Sorrrrrry, creators. Just end the show or take Charlie back.
YES TAKE CHARLIE BACK !!!!!!!
I agree, the show needs to get Charlie back, he is the show.
Hugh would have been great. Its a shame the deal fell through. The show would have went in an interesting direction with the way Hugh would have played that role.
No way this flaming british queen could replace the Malibu Messiah
Well, it's called acting, and frankly, a lot of guys are better at it than Charlie Sheen. I don't know if Grant is one who could effectively replace Sheen on that show, but I imagine many people could pull it off. After all, Charlie was just playing a cleaner version of himself, and he didn't even have to come up with his own lines. A lot of people can be funny when the dialog's all handed to them.
I agree,Charlie fit that part to a T,and ive taped all with charlie in them.
Can't say I'm a fan of the 'winning goddesses' Charlie and/or what he has said or done recently.,.,.but he is perfect for the show...no one can replace him.....Hugh Grant...ick....
Hey Charlie, if you're going to get yourself fired, don't come on the Blogs talking about how irreplaceable you are. "Torpedo of Truth", We know this is you...
Grant would have presented a far classier, far more sophisticated, and probably far less misogynistic image on that show. I think he might have taken the show to a new and better level, artistically, too. But I can readily understand anyone who does not want to do a television series. I think it must be like dedicated your life 24/7 to an idea, a concept. Many very talented entertainers balk at that suggestion.
Yeah, how could anyone get up and go to work everyday for a mere $24,000,000 a year? Clearly not worth it.
Tod Steve: Money doesn't solve all problems. Working on a TV show isn't like working 9-5, five days a week. It can be long hours for days on end. Also, being locked into a series might limit other opportunities for Huge Grant. No doubt he would make a lot of money but he's not ready to stand in the bread line just yet so he doesn't have to take a job that will work him to death just for a pay check.
It's true that he'd probably have raised the acting bar (CS didn't need to 'act' on camera) in the series, but I think the uber-misogynistic character is exactly what made people tune into that show. It was nice while it lasted, but it's over. Done. Time to move on.
u r right, i fully agree. hugh would have taken the show to another level entirely. the show while sometimes funny, never has really evolved from year to year at all. 1 2 3 one liners then comes the laughter.
ashton will make the show fresh and better then charlie though, for cetain.
I love Hugh but have to say I'm really annoyed that he didnt take this job. He better come out with something really special in the near future to make up for this! I would have LOVED to see him once a week. (sigh) Oh well. Ashton is ok... I gues we'll have to wait and see!
God, it looks like he's been rode hard and put away wet!
Grant is a weenie tosser.
Have to agree with you on that. It would have been a bad move. Neither of these guys are woth watching:(
Horseshoes, hand grenades, and Hugh Grant. Where's the news?
And Charlie Sheen looked like the poster boy for the fountain of youth & health. No one will do the job he did for the show and now talking about Aston Kuscher just isn't going to cut it.
If Hugh Grant had signed on I would have watched .. it would have been fun to watch again .. now it will just be someone who is sometimes funny trying too hard to top charlie sheen .. what a waste of screen time ..
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