May 13, 2011
Ashton Kutcher Will Try to Fill Charlie Sheen’s Winning Shoes
Ashton Kutcher is replacing Charlie Sheen on CBS’s Two and a Half Men. I get it. I think. Kutcher is funny and charming. He has great comedic timing and he should be a great addition. However, if they bring him on in some kind of dream sequence, I will be pissed.
I never watched the show with Charlie so it won’t be a big deal if I don’t watch it now, but I’m interested, and will certainly turn into see how they will bring him in, and how he does. I’m happy for him but I’m also sad for Charlie. His drug induced winning streak has gotten off track.
CBS confirmed that Ashton would not be reprising Sheen’s role of Charlie Harper. Kutcher is 12 years younger and about 2 feet taller than Sheen so good they gave the audience a little credit and are not having him in the same role. Speculation has begun on how he is written in.
About his new job Kutcher said, ”We can fill the stage with laughter that will echo in viewer’s homes. I can’t replace Charlie Sheen but I’m going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people.” It’s sad that the only mention of Sheen in any of the press releases came from Kutcher.
Chuck Lorre, the focus of Sheen’s outrage said the following, “We are so lucky to have someone as talented, joyful and just plain remarkable as Ashton joining our family. Added to that is the deep sigh of relief knowing that our family stays together. If I was any happier, it’d be illegal.”
I think it would have been nice if Lorre acknowledged Sheen and thanked him for catapulting the show to its level of success. I get there is bad blood, but still, Lorre could have been a mensch and said thanks to Charlie, and that he wished him well. It would have been classy.
Charlie did not hesitate to comment on Ashton’s new job by saying, “Kutcher is a sweetheart and a brilliant comedic performer. Oh, wait, so am I.” He made a sarcastic dig at what the ratings will be, and while funny, it dripped of so much bitterness it was hard to laugh.
I hope Charlie lands on his feet and that Ashton keeps the show running for the sake of the cast and crew. It will be interesting to see how it plays out on the show and off. For Charlie his ending may include hookers, crack, cigarettes, Judaism and rehab so good luck Charlie. Keep the faith.