Charlie Sheen was not impressed with how he was depicted in the series finale of Two and a Half Men. And, make no mistake, it was Charlie Sheen, not Charlie Harper, who was put up on that screen. Just not the real Charlie Sheen.
Apparently Chuck Lorre thinks that revenge is a dish best served cold. He spent the entire episode making fun of Carlie Sheen, with characters making unveiled references to Sheen's past rants, tweets, and blowups.
At one point, Ashton Kutcher's character receives a text from "Charlie." It reads:
"You despicable troll... you thought you could replace my ninja awesomeness, you lame clown. I will deploy my army of assassins to destroy you. I will bring my bayonets of truth to the hexagon of death where I will carve my initials into your reptilian skull and cover you in tiger blood."
All of that is very much in character with real-life statements from Charlie Sheen, some of which were directed toward Ashton Kutcher.
In the end, Chuck Lorre kills "Charlie" off with a falling piano, then reveals himself in a director's chair where he says to the camera, "Winning."
Charlie Sheen was unimpressed.
"I don't care. To go that long, with that immature and that completely unevolved and that stupid, in my face, really? You must feel safe, motherfucker. I'm just saying, you must feel safe where you live."
Lorre explained in the shows final vanity card that he had tried to come to an agreement with Charlie Sheen, but they could not agree on it.
"For the record, he was offered a role. Our idea was to have him walk up to the front door in the last scene, ring the doorbell, then turn, look directly into the camera and go off on a maniacal rant about the dangers of drug abuse. He would then explain that these dangers only apply to average people. That he was far from average. He was a ninja warrior from Mars. He was invincible.
"And then we would drop a piano on him.
"We thought it was funny.
"Instead, he wanted us to write a heart-warming scene that would set up his return to primetime TV in a new sitcom called 'The Harpers' starring him and Jon Cryer.
"We thought that was funny too."