Now that Charlie Sheen has been officially fired from Two and a Half Men, the outspoken television actor will be searching for his next television role.
Fortunately (or unfortunately), The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman may have something lined up for the “Winning Warlock” – a part in the second season of his hit AMC television series.
"Charlie call us, we will totally make that happen. We'll do whatever you want."
Last December, rumor quickly spread around the internet that Charlie Sheen was such a fan of The Walking Dead that he talked his agent into booking a cameo as a zombie for the show’s second season. Of course, those rumors turned out to be false, but it appears that Kirkman would still love to snag the (former) Two and a Half Men star for any role.
Kirkman jokingly notes:
"We'll recast [Sheen] as Rick. Andrew Lincoln will find something else to do."
"He can direct an episode."
"Actually [Sheen] could play a car for all I care. He's awesome."
While Kirkman was obviously being facetious regarding the replacement of Andrew Lincoln as Rick, it’s hard to believe that his core interest, of having Charlie Sheen appear on The Walking Dead, isn’t just a little bit true.
Fortunately, it would take a lot more than an eccentric comic book creator to land the PR nightmare that is Sheen on the series. Firstly, Darabont would need to sign off on it. While Darabont may have originally been interested in Sheen showing up as a zombie back in December, there’s no doubt that any interest quickly went away when the actor went awry with his continuous public antics.
Secondly (and most important), AMC would need to sign off on Sheen’s involvement. Considering AMC generally doesn’t like to hire “known” actors for their television series and the fact that AMC isn’t as quick with their decisions as Robert Kirkman, they’ll be able to see this disastrous opportunity coming a mile away and will make sure to steer clear of it.
Even though Robert Kirkman is the genius storyteller behind The Walking Dead, he still needs to learn some lessons regarding when and where he should openly provide wild speculation. Despite the fact that the majority of what Kirkman said about Sheen was a simple tongue-in-cheek statement, The Walking Dead has come too far to have its name sullied by sharing a headline with the star in the midst of a titillating Hollywood controversy.
There’s an old saying from the famed college football coach Bear Bryant, "When you get in the end zone, act like you've been there before."
For Kirkman, a hit television show that has elevated fantastical subject matter into a viable entertainment vehicle for wonderfully dramatic storytelling is the end zone. Dropping comments about wanting Charlie Sheen on The Walking Dead when he’s in the middle of a very public controversy is NOT acting like you’ve been in the “end zone” before.
That’s all I’m saying…
The Walking Dead returns October 2011, on AMC
Source: The Hollywood Report