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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.’’

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