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Hugh Grant In Talks to Replace Charlie Sheen in 'Two and a Half Men'

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 12th 2011 7:00AM
Hugh GrantYes, you read that right. British actor Hugh Grant, all-around posh boy and rom-com A-lister has reportedly been in talks to replace Charlie Sheen in 'Two and a Half Men.'

According to Deadline, the 'Bridget Jones' star first entered the running about a month ago when CBS boss Les Moonves and President Nina Tassler approved him as a candidate.

Warner Bros. Studio execs and 'Men' creator Chuck Lorre have been searching for a way to continue the money-spinning comedy without Sheen, and word is that they're still looking for a solid A-lister.

Deadline reports that after being offered $1 million per episode, Grant was close to signing a deal when he backed out unexpectedly, supposely because he balked at the demanding work schedule of a weekly TV series.

However, The New York Times reports that the deal is not quite dead yet and that talks are "on hold" right now. Citing a Warner Bros. executive, the Times says that other actors are also still under consideration, although time is running short to choose someone.

The unnamed executive also said that while studio bosses are ready to pay a "significant salary" to the right actor, Grant wasn't offered anything close to $1 million. (By contrast, before he went off the rails, Sheen was making around $1.25 million per episode.) According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. and CBS have agreed to split the cost of whoever eventually replaces Sheen.

CBS is due to announce its new prime-time schedule at its upfront presentation on Wednesday, and in order to include 'Two and a Half Men' in the lineup it has to have a star in place. Recent reports have linked Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Piven and Rob Lowe to Sheen's empty space on the 'Men' couch, but Grant's the first one who's been said to be in serious talks.

After the tumult and mud-slinging of recent months, Chuck Lorre's rumored to be adamant that Sheen's replacement is someone he can work with. Lorre's already running two other successful shows for CBS -- 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Mike & Molly' -- and has expressed his frustration and anger with Sheen via his trademark vanity cards.

While Grant seems like a choice right out of leftfield, his comedy credentials are unquestioned, and he has a reputation for being a professional at work. And, although his star power has waned in recent years, he is still a bona fide movie star who'd be attractive to advertisers and viewers alike.

The fifty-year-old Grant also has his own bad boy past and brushes with the tabloids. Remember his infamous Sunset Boulevard escapade in 1995, when he and prostitute Divine Brown were arrested on lewd conduct charges? Pretty tame compared to Charlie Sheen's antics, but it lends him a slight edginess.

Quite how Grant would be written into the show remains a mystery. Unlike his compatriot Hugh Laurie, Grant's never been one to try out an American accent, so it's unlikely he'd start now. Perhaps he could play Charlie and Alan's floppy-haired English cousin? And could he entice former co-stars like Colin Firth and Renee Zellweger to guest on the show?

The possibilities certainly are intriguing. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Jds Place

I love Hugh but I can't quite see him on this show. Maybe he will make some good improvements to the show.

May 12 2011 at 8:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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