The troubled star’s future on the TV show has been thrown into doubt after CBS network producers scrapped the programme for the remainder of the current season in response to Sheen’s very public war of words with the comedy writer.
Sheen has opened up about the feud in two candid U.S. TV interviews, and in his first chat with ABC News, he offered Lorre a half-hearted apology.
He said, “I’m sorry if I offended you. I didn’t know you were so sensitive. I just thought, you know, after you wailing on me for eight years that I could, like, take a few shots back. I didn’t know you were gonna take your little ball and go home and punish everybody in the process.”
But the actor had changed his stance by the time he gave his second high-profile interview to NBC host Jeff Rosen, in which he appeared defiant and unrepentant about his controversial actions.
During the chat, he brazenly demanded to be paid $3 million (£2 million) per episode if producers wanted him to return to work on Two and a Half Men, because he’s “tired of pretending he’s not special”.
Asked whether he owes CBS chiefs and Lorre an apology, he replied, “No, they owe me a big one, while licking my feet. People think I’m insane, or they don’t think what I’m saying is true; I have no interest in their retarded opinions. I will live the way I want, I will live inside of every moment and they can find the most comfortable chair in their small house and enjoy the show.”
And Sheen insists he won’t be the one suffering from a lack of work as a result of his unruly behaviour – he claims he’s been inundated with scripts and potential projects.
He says, “(I don’t need to) convince anybody (to work with me). (Movie information website) IMDB, right there, 62 movies, a ton of success. Come on, I won Best Picture (for Platoon) at 20. I wasn’t even trying, wasn’t even warm.
“I’ve got Roman Coppola with a script. David Ward with Major League 3, I’ve got Nick Cassavetes’ God is a Bullet… And they’re so excitable that I might be available, because I haven’t been for ages.”