The series lasted for 12 seasons, running from 2003 to 2015.
On a recent episode of The Howard Stern Show, star Jon Cryer discussed Grant’s casting and the fallout that led to Ashton Kutcher taking over when Sheen was fired:
They had come up with a really fun idea that this incredibly charming British guy has come to Malibu and that Charlie’s character has passed away. This British guy wants to rent a place while his daughter goes to Pepperdine, and he works at the embassy, and he’s just incredibly cool, and Alan just thinks, ‘Thank goodness somebody’s gonna help me pay the rent here because I can’t afford it.’ And then it turns out he’s a con man. He’s full of it, and I’m stuck with him because he can still pay the rent. And it was fun! It was really fun, it was a fun character.”
As we previously reported, Grant was offered “more than $1 million per episode,” but according to Cryer, he backed out at the last minute:
They negotiated a contract, he was signed. I got confirmation from Chuck: ‘He’s on the show.’ He had second thoughts and said no.”
What do you think? Did you watch Two and a Half Men? Do you think Hugh Grant would’ve been a good addition to the sitcom?