May 12th, 2011
10:19 AM ET
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?
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