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Rob Lowe not replacing Charlie Sheen

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Rob Lowe has assimilated himself seamlessly into the “Parks and Recreation” cast, playing against type to create the impossibly sunny, image-sensitive (but incredibly funny) government pencil-pusher Chris Traeger. He was brought on as a foil for Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope, but entrenched his character as a love interest for Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) and an interesting character in his own right.

A recent turn in the ongoing season has provided Lowe’s character with an out if he needs it … like to replace Charlie Sheen on a retooled version of “Two and a Half Men.” But a new reports suggests Lowe won’t be bailing on “Parks” for “Men” any time soon.

Parks and Recreation executive producer Michael Schur said “there’s no truth” to the rumors that Lowe might replace Sheen.

“The Internet lit a match and set itself on fire,” he said, according to THR.

Who could have set this fire?

Oh yeah. It was Sheen.

“He’s a buddy of mine, he’s a beautiful man, a brilliant actor, and I hope he does it and kicks its ass because I still get [paid],” Sheen said in a radio interview on Wednesday.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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