Despite this death marking the end of what very well be television’s most public feud between an actor and show creator (Chuck Lorre), Sheen recently revealed that not only is he looking forward to seeing his character’s funeral being played out on screen, but that he’d be willing to return to the series in the future in order to help provide better closure than, well, being murdered.
Speaking with Matt Lauer on The Today Show to promote the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, Sheen acknowledges his interest in wanting to watch the Two and a Half Men season 9 premiere: "I'm… really curious about what happened to me. Because I don't look at it just as what they're doing forward, I look at it as what I left behind for them to continue, and how they're going to figure all that out. So really, my hat's off to them, if they can pull it off."
In a sense, that’s the question that many fans are asking themselves as the premiere approaches: Can Chuck Lorre and Two and a Half pull off the funeral of Charlie Harper while seamlessly inserting Ashton Kutcher into the series as the newly divorced and suicidal internet billionaire Walden Schmidt? With so many references to death contained within a 30-minute (18 minutes without commercials) comedic sitcom, it does sound incredibly difficult.
Luckily, if Lorre and Co. aren’t able to pull off one of the most looked upon transitions in television history, Sheen has generously offered to return to Two and a Half Men to help provide a more appropriate conclusion to his character.
Says Sheen about his possible return:
“…if they wanted or needed or thought that was a good idea. I'm completely be on board for that. Here's the closure: I'll be in the final episode.”
Not forgetting the manner in which his character is written off the show, Sheen admits:
“Unless I'm really dead … there was no body at the funeral. There was no urn."
If anything, at least the offer from Sheen is on the table. Considering what all has transpired between Sheen and Lorre - no matter who was in the right - there’s something to be said about his willingness to return.
While interested viewers will have to wait and see how everything is handled in the premiere episode, the general consensus amongst the series’ many fans is that they’re going to have a problem keeping people tuning in to the series without Sheen on it. Because, as many have stated, Sheen practically made the series what it is today.
Of course, if the Two and a Half Men premiere doesn't leave you in hysterics, you can always tune in to the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen afterwards.
Two and a Half Men season 9 premieres September 19th
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