Seth MacFarlane nominates Sam Rockwell to replace Charlie Sheen


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Another celebrity weighs in on the Sheenpocalypse: Seth MacFarlane, who worked with Charlie Sheen during the Two and a Half Men star’s guest stint on Family Guy last year, said Warner Bros., made the right call in dismissing the actor.

“You know, it’s a tough question,” MacFarlane told EW at The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump. “My personal experience with Charlie on Family Guy was perfectly pleasant. But given the circumstances, I do think [Warner Bros.] made the right choice. It’s hard to say if it can go on without him.”

Asked who he would nominate to replace him if the show continues, MacFarlane thought for a  moment and suggested Sam Rockwell.

(We’re about 85 percent certain he was being serious — which is about as high of a percentage as you’re ever likely to get with MacFarlane).

Comedian Jeffrey Ross, asked the same thing, gave a firmly joking answer (we hope):

“I’d have to go with Larry King,” Ross said, “so [Men] would only last a few more episodes.”

What do you think? Rockwell is a name pulled out of thin air, an actor who has had no shortage of big screen roles (including the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens), so he doesn’t need or probably want a TV gig. But speaking purely hypothetically, it’s an interesting name to drop — I would watch Rockwell on a sitcom. (Reporting by Christian Blauvelt)

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  • Jacob

    For once, Seth McFarlane actually has a good idea. I’d watch Sam Rockwell in anything.

    • DL

      Agreed. Had the pleasure of seeing Rockwell on Broadway last year in “A Behanding in Spokane” and the man was pure comedy gold.

    • Snsetblaze

      I would watch Rockwell. He was funny in Galaxy Quest. I enjoyed him in “Moon” (really bizarre movie). But he does have a successful but under the radar movie career (he can headline an indie movie and take a supporting role in bigger films – he’s always working).

    • Craig

      I’d also watch Rockwell in anything, but I don’t really want to see him saddled with this show.

      • Buzz

        DItto . He can write his own ticket and he doesn’t need to replace Sheen in this – and why would he want to ?
        The show would have to dramatically different to interest him ….maybe if he could replace Sheen by playing the role as if he WAS Sheen ….HAHA that would be a role he might like ( though still , he’s smarter than to take a booby prize like this )

  • Jay

    I’ll watch whatever Charlie is in next. I will NOT watch 2 & 1/2 Men regardless of what they do to the Charlie character

  • Sandy


  • derek

    Needs to be another 80’s star. I nominate Kiefer Sutherland. He’s got the same bad boy image, but he seems to be able to get along with the producers of a tv show.

  • Ben

    Give it to Christian Slater. He sounds like Sheen so you’d hardly know the difference.

    • Snsetblaze

      He’s already got a new series but good idea.

  • Jawsphobia

    Cast Martin Sheen as an older-looking Charlie Harper due to drug use. Cast John “Duckie” Cryer’s Pretty in Pink love interest Molly Ringwald as one of Charlie’s abandoned girlfriends who returns carrying a torch and ends up seeking sollace from Cryer. Or cast Emillio Estevez as Charlie after he comes out of rehab and is free of addiction but also has no mojo and can’s play the piano either but feels compelled to coach kids hockey.

    • Juke Early

      Moms Mabley or George W. Bush. Or both. Win(ning)-Win(ning)!

  • Skip

    Matt Dillon or Jay Mohr

    • Carol

      Oh, God, no – Jay Mohr is the comedy equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. And Matt Dillon doesn’t have the right heft.

  • Jawsphobia

    Cast Mel Gibson as Charlie’s AA sponsor looking for him after being ditched.

  • Celimene

    Given that Sam Rockwell does a fair amount of theatre work in NY, this is unlikely. Filming in LA + network TV schedule = not seeing him on TV in that capacity anytime soon. Which is fine – I like the career he has.

  • usersnames

    hell no. why would you want to do that to sam rockwell?

    • Buzz

      I think he must have been joking … all few of SR’s roles mirror some of Sheen’s behavior ( Confessions….)

  • Stoney

    Judd Nelson!

  • John

    How about a “guest-Charlie” every week? You can use a variety of actors and actresses and they can give it a different spin. Just like that Bob Dylan movie.

    • Laura

      I loved that movie, Cate Blanchett was my favorite Bob.
      And Heath Leadger was so cute on it, a beautiful love story between him and Charlotte Gainsbourgh..oh i just love that movie. lol.

  • Laura

    I love Sam and Charlie lol.
    So i would watch anything with Sam Rockwell but i don’t think he would like to go on tv. He has already a good career on movies and theatre (well they could give him more lead movie roles by the way..he was awesome on Confessions of a dangerous man and he carried all the movie..they always give supporting roles who he does pretty well but the guy has everything to be a lead).
    But if Sam decided to go on tv i would watch, same for Charlie.

  • Rolo Tomasi

    Ted McGinley

    • biggie

      may as well cancel it now

      • Rolo Tomasi

        He had a long run on Married with Children

  • Cashby

    Sam Rockwell is way too talented to be on that show.

    • Helena Handbasket

      I second that emotion.

    • justine

      abso effing lutely.

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