hugh grant two and a half men Hugh Grant on 'Two and a Half Men'? It almost happenedThere isn’t a whole lot in the TV business that genuinely surprises us anymore, but this definitely did: Hugh Grant was nearly Charlie Sheen‘s replacement on “Two and a Half Men.”

That’s the word from Deadline, which reports that Grant was “deep into final negotiations” to take his first role on an American TV series before ultimately saying no. “Creative differences” reportedly scotched the deal.

So first of all, wow. “Men” producer Warner Bros. and CBS certainly swung for the fences in pursuing Grant. If he’s indicative of the kind of actor they’re looking to take over for Sheen, we’re even more curious to see what actually ends up happening with the show.

And second: Really? We realize Grant perhaps isn’t quite as big a star as he was, say, 10 years ago, and his last few films haven’t done all that well. But this seems like a bit of an odd career move for him. We’re also having a really tough time getting our heads around the idea of Grant speaking “Two and a Half Men” dialogue like this:

Alan (Jon Cryer): You have five grand in your sweatpants?
Charlie (Sheen): I prefer to think of it as three hookers and a Philly cheesesteak.

Or this:

Charlie: It could have been worse, but I won a bundle at the roulette table betting the color of her underwear.
Alan: Red or black?
Charlie: Double zero.
Alan: What color is that?
Charlie: Ass cheeks.

Or this:

Charlie: She knows what she’s talking about, Alan. Mom’s been on more hotel pillows than a chocolate mint.

Grant decided not to sign his deal late Tuesday (May 10), Deadline says. That could complicate things if CBS is hoping to make an announcement about the show at its May 18 upfront. But if the show can get someone of Grant’s stature locked in within the next week, the upfronts will get that much more interesting.

Posted by:Rick Porter