And the winner is...Ashton Kutcher. While Charlie Sheen has been suggesting for months that he is winning, it looks as though he has definitely lost his job as Charlie Parker on "Two and a Half Men." The apparently embattled and seemingly insane actor pushed CBS and Warner Bros. a bit too far, to the point that they no longer wanted anything to do with Sheen. Although Kutcher has not made an official announcement, Kutcher did tweet "what's the square root of 6.25?" at 9:42 p.m. Thursday. The answer to this riddle: two and a half. Well played, Kutcher.
Despite the fact that many other candidates - many of them seemingly better suited to replace Sheen - were in the running for the role, "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre and studio executives settled on the much-younger Kutcher. Other possibilities for replacing Sheen included Hugh Grant, Robe Lowe, Jeremy Piven and John Stamos.
So why did Warner Bros. and CBS settle on Kutcher? Good question. Although Kutcher has a comedic past - he's best known for his iconic role on "That ''¹..."70s Show" as Michael Kelso - he couldn't be further from the Parker portrayed by Sheen.
Subtlety has never been Kutcher's forte, so it's odd that he would be chosen to replace Sheen, who was often deadpanning and being sarcastic on "Two and a Half Men." Of course, Kutcher does have some experience playing people for fools - a favorite of the Parker character - due to his run on MTV's "Punk'd."
Still, it should be noted that even if Kutcher hasn't played a Parker-esque role in the past, that shouldn't doom him to mediocrity, or worse, on "Men". Kutcher is an actor, after all, so he should be able to, you know, portray characters that are not direct reflections of his personality.
Sadly, though, Kutcher never seemed to get the memo that actors are supposed to, you know, act. It's interesting to see how Kutcher's personality, as seen in interviews, appearances and on "Punk'd," is amazingly similar to the characters he has portrayed in basically every movie in which he's appeared - "Dude, Where's My Car," "Just Married," "Valentine's Day" and "No Strings Attached," to name a few.
Kutcher has played a few roles in which he displayed a bit of range, but it's doing to take a bit of work for him to portray Parker, who is older and more jaded than Kutcher or any of the characters he has portrayed up to this point. If Kutcher isn't able to pull off the older jerk that Sheen appeared to have such an easy time portraying, the dynamic of "Two and a Half Men" will dramatically change, and the show will just be awkward. Part of Sheen's appeal as Parker was that he is older and supposedly, intimidating, and Kutcher isn't really either. However, "Two and a Half Men" is the number one show on television, so it would take a concerted effort to mess it up at this point.
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