Ashton Kutcher began living the lifestyle of Charlie Sheen, after replacing the actor on Two and a Half Men, according to New York psychotherapist Bonnie Eaker Weil. Ashton split from wife Demi Moore last week following months of speculation concerning his alleged infidelity.
The actor was the surprise choice to replace Sheen on America's most popular sitcom, but Dr Weil, the author of Adultery: The Forgivable Sin, suggested he also took on Charlie's persona in real life, saying, "He already had it in him. This took it over the top. He took on the persona (of Sheen).very common when you're role-playing. once he stepped into the role of Charlie Sheen, he became Charlie Sheen... it's not just became real life". The actor is alleged to have cheated on Demi with 22-year-old San Diego party girl Sara Leal, on his sixth wedding anniversary. Although Kutcher cryptically played down the speculation with numerous tweets, Moore announced she was to end the marriage last week, saying, "As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life". Kutcher later tweeted, "I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi. Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail".
Despite an astounding 28 million audience for his Two and a Half Men debut, Ashton is now drawing an average of 14.2 million per episode. Sheen's new sitcom Anger Management begins early 2012.