THEY’RE PERFECT FOR THE PART
PRODUCER Chuck Lorre created the Two and a Half Men concept with Charlie Sheen in mind for the lead role and was relieved when he pitched the show to Sheen and received a positive response.
Lorre, whose production credits include Roseanne and Dharma and Greg, says: ‘‘We sat and talked to him about the idea and he was cautious, as he should be. He’s a big star.
‘‘So we wrote the script, sent it to him and said, ‘Now, will you do it’? And thank God he said yes.
‘‘Only one little boy read for the part of Jake. Casting director Nikki Valko and I had seen The Rookie and Angus (T. Jones) played the son in that. And we thought he was wonderful.
‘‘He came in, read for the part and I said, ‘OK, we’re done. That’s the kid’. It’s a miracle to find a child who is that effortlessly talented. You don’t see any of that child-actor thing you kind of hate, right? I mean, children in sitcoms— you generally want to hate them.’’