Charlie Sheen has said he is not satisfied with an agreement by Warner Bros Television to pay the Two And A Half Men crew for half of the eight episodes cancelled when producers tired of their star’s off-screen antics.
He called it “a start” and said his efforts “are paying off”, but declared: “I won’t sleep until I get all eight. I don’t care about me right now.”
The actor said he planned to keep up his media blitz until the show’s crew was paid for the rest of this season’s shows. He also said getting compensation for series co-stars Jon Cryer and Angus T Jones was “next” on his to-do list.
Warner Bros denied that anything Sheen had done – which included threatening to sue the show’s producers and extolling the virtues of his hard-partying ways – contributed to the decision to pay the crew.
“False,” said studio spokesman Paul McGuire.
CBS and Warner Bros cited Sheen’s statements against executive producer Chuck Lorre as one of the reasons it cancelled the remainder of the eighth season of Two And A Half Men.
Sheen has left open the possibility for reconciliation with most of those he has attacked in recent days. But when it comes to getting his show back on the air, he has made clear he wants it on his terms.
He remained under contract for a ninth season of the show, and has demanded a pay raise of three million dollars per episode for a 10th season.
“I’ve got a whole family to support and love,” he told ABC. “People beyond me are relying on that. I’m here to collect. They’re going to lose. They’re going to lose in a courtroom, so I would recommend that they settle out of court.”