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Report: Hugh Grant Considered Replacing Charlie Sheen on ‘Two and Half Men’

Romantic comedy go-to guy Hugh Grant was in final negotiations to replace Charlie Sheen on ‘Two and a Half Men,’ according toDeadline, which reports Grant was offered $1 million per episode to take over for the troubled star.Grant, whose last film, 2009’s ‘Did You Hear About the Morgans?’ failed to connect with audiences, allegedly pulled out of the negotiations at the last minute due to creative differences.

The ‘Notting Hill’ actor currently has no films in the works, so he certainly would have had the time to swoop in and rescue the troubled series. Warner Bros and CBS had said they were pursuing “an A-lister” to step in for Sheen, who was fired from the top-rated sitcom following a very public dust up with show creator Chuck Lorre, CBS and Warner Bros.

Bringing in the British actor to replace Sheen would have certainly marked a major change in the creative direction of the CBS sitcom, which before its shutdown earlier this year was among the highest-rated shows on television.

Lorre, who is also the showrunner for CBS’ ‘Mike & Molly’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ has considered ending ‘Men’ entirely, and only wants to move forward with a reboot of the show “if he can find the right actor and get excited about that,” sources close to ‘Men’ tell Deadline. Also important to Lorre is that Sheen’s replacement is “somebody Chuck can work with.”

Though he isn’t quite the star he was during his ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’-‘About a Boy’ heyday, Grant remains pretty A-list and could have been exactly the turnaround the show needs to move forward post-Sheen.

 

By John Mitchell

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