Sheen demands $3m per episode

Updated: Mar 01, 2011, 13:07 PM IST

London: Charlie Sheen is demanding to be paid 3 million dollars per episode to return to work on his hit TV sitcom ‘Two and a Half Men’.

The actor also accused the producers of putting him through "psychological distress".

Bosses of the hit series pulled the plug on the current season after Sheen’s headline-grabbing personal issues and his public rants against writer Chuck Lorre.

Sheen sat down for several TV interviews to give his side of the story and has explained to NBC host Jeff Rosen, in a chat that he wouldn’t go back to the show unless he has a pay rise - insisting he’s "tired of pretending he’s not special".

"I’m not angry, I’m passionate. Everybody thinks I should be begging for my job back and I’m just gonna forewarn them that’s gonna be everyone else that’s gonna be begging me for their jobs back. I’m a man of my word, I’ll finish the TV show, I’ll even do season 10 but at this point because of psychological distress I want 3 mil dollars an episode, take it or leave it,” a daily quoted Sheen as saying.

"Look at what I’ve been through. (I make) roughly (2 million dollars) now. I’m underpaid right now, for sure. If you look at the money that (the producers) are making yeah, it’s ridiculous. I’m tired of pretending I’m not special,” he added.

ANI