Charlie Sheen’s Two and A Half Men co-star Jon Cryer was desperate for the sitcom to end to ‘save’ the actor’s life.
Cryer, 57, starred in Two and Half Men for eight seasons alongside Sheen, 56, before the show’s lead was replaced by Ashton Kutcher, 44, in 2011.
Sheen’s turbulent life off-camera was well-publicised, and while Cryer insists the actor remained professional to work with it was clear the ‘crazy firestorm’ was taking its toll.
‘When we started noticing things were getting stranger for him, and his marriage fell apart, he was still lovely to work with, he still showed up on time and knew his lines and was doing the job,’ Cryer told Entertainment Tonight.
‘But you could tell there was that there was some trouble brewing… He started to have issues with the writing and sometimes issues with the writing that I didn’t understand.
‘I would say, “This is the kind of joke you had no problem with a year and a half ago, and suddenly now it’s an issue?”
‘So, you know, it was very subtle. It took a while before it started really going off the rails.’
Eventually, though, Cryer and the show’s creator Chuck Lorre addressed Sheen’s unpredictable behaviour.
‘I think, uh, there was a moment where Chuck Lorre and I were looking at each other and we said, “It’s not worth this show going on if going on enables Charlie Sheen to kill himself. If giving him enough money to do whatever the thing is that ends his life, you know, we don’t want to be a part of that.’
“And I think, actually, when Charlie was let go from the show, the first thought amongst most of us was, “OK, we’re done. This has been a great thing but, uh, we’re done at this point.”’
Sheen’s character was then killed off before Kutcher stepped in and gave the show a new lease of life until it ended in 2015
Two And A Half Men is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video in the UK.