Charlie Sheen Demands $3 Million Per Episode to Return to CBS' 'Two and a Half Men' (Video)
In a "Today" show interview, he says he isn't the one who should apologize: “They owe me a big one – publicly – while they lick my feet.”
NEW YORK - Charlie Sheen used his interview with NBC News’ Jeff Rossen that aired on Today Monday morning to once again call out Two and a Half Men home, CBS and Warner Bros., which produces the show, as well as show creator Chuck Lorre.
He even demanded a raise to $3 million per episode (he currently makes close to $2 million) if the sitcom returns. "Look what they put me through," he argued.
Asked if he owes CBS him an apology, Sheen said: “They owe me a big one – publicly – while they lick my feet.”
Discussing Warner, he said: “Come Wednesday morning, they're going to rename it Charlie Bros. and not Warner Bros. Duh, winning!”
Asked how he plans to find Hollywood work after all the controversy, he said he wants to do both film and TV in the future and pointed to his IMDb listings. “I won best picture at 20. I wasn’t even trying. I wasn’t even warm,” Sheen said. He cited the third Major League movie, a "brilliant" script by Roman Coppola and Nick Cassavetes and his God Is a Bullet as future options. “And they are so excited I might be available, because I haven’t been for eight years,” he argued.
Morgan Creek Productions last week warned that it wants to work with Sheen on the latest Major League film only if he is focused.
Discussing his previous comment that he is at war with CBS, he explained: “The war is that they are trying to destroy my family…They are trying to take all my money and leave me with no means to support my family.” Asked how he plans to win this war, Sheen said “with zeal and focus and violent hatred.”
When questioned if CBS didn’t have a right to stop production due to his party behavior, Sheen called it “epic behavior” and once reiterated that he has always nailed his lines.
Did he ever miss a work day? Sheen argued he missed “practice” once. He added: “To quote the great Allen Iverson: 'Practice! Come on, guys, we are talking about practice.'”
A CBS spokesman declined comment.
Addressing Lorre by looking directly at the camera, Sheen asked why there weren’t any scripts ready for Two and a Half Men when he tried to return to work and why production was supposed to be cut short before the rest of the season was cancelled. He also accused Lorre of “dictatorial laziness,” which he argued is hurting the show’s crew.
Sheen also said in the interview that “I think my passion is misinterpreted as anger sometimes.”
Meanwhile, in a Good Morning America excerpt from his ABC News interview that is set to air in a special one-hour edition of 20/20 on Tuesday, Sheen told Andrea Canning about his recent fervor. “I woke up and, you know, decided I have been kicked around, I have been criticized and I’ve been...the guy with this bitchin’ rock star life, and I’m just finally going to completely embrace it, wrap both arms around it and love it violently - and defend it violently through violent hatred,” he said.