Charlie Sheen is back on the winning path.
THE Wall Street actor reunites with Chuck Lorre for new gambling comedy series Bookmaker with Sebastian Maniscalco – and the Two and a half men the creator has nothing but praise for him.
Lorre wanted an A-list appearance for Bookmaker‘s pilot, and his mind quickly turned to Sheen as the best possible option, due to his familiarity with the show’s subject matter. “It should be Charlie,” Lorre said Variety. “I remember Charlie was very involved in sports betting and he used to tell me stories about it all the time. You know, when things were good.”
The showrunner met with Sheen for the first time in over 10 years to collaborate on the project. “I was nervous, but almost as soon as we started talking, I remembered that we were once friends,” the showrunner said. “And that friendship suddenly seemed to be there again. I don’t want to be too sappy about it, but it was healing. And he was also totally ready to make fun of himself. When he got to the table, I read this episode, I walked up and we kissed. It was just awesome.”
“He started killing it at the table read. His chops were so finely tuned, like we hadn’t missed a thing,” Lorre continued. “He plays a version of himself that has shadows of past issues and that suits him.” However, after Sheen expressed discomfort with his character being in rehab, Lorre changed the script. “He said to me: ‘We can’t play with Charlie anymore, he’s on drugs?'”
Sheen repeatedly insulted Lorre during a highly publicized battle with addiction in 2011, calling the showrunner a “turd” and a “little maggot.” The actor was fired from Two and a half men that year, and was replaced by Ashton Kutcher.
Sheen expressed regret about the feud in 2021. “There were 55 different ways for me to handle this situation, and I chose number 56. And so, you know, I think the growth for me after “melting or melting or melting somewhere – however you want to label it, it has to start with absolute ownership of my role in all of this,” he told Yahoo Entertainment. “And it was desperately juvenile.”
Even after their fallout (and before their makeup), Lorre praised Sheen’s work on the show. “It would be inappropriate not to recognize our success with Charlie and how grateful I am and we are,” Lorre said at a press conference before Two and a half menthe final. “I have nothing but good feelings about these eight and a half years.”
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