With 11 seasons and 255 episodes under its belt, CBS's The Big Bang Theory isn't going anywhere, just one of the many triumphs of powerhouse producer Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, Mom, Disjointed). A sitcom centering around a collection of nerdy and awkward scientists who slowly begin to step out of their comfort zones has birthed several iconic characters (Jim Parson's Sheldon Cooper), a lovable catchphrase ("BAZINGA!"), and one spinoff (Little Sheldon).
Thanks to the show's massive success, the core cast now earns between $100,000 and $1 million per episode, while also getting to hang out with a plethora of pop culture icons like Mark Hamill, Wil Wheaton, and Stan Lee who guest-star as themselves, since the main characters are mega-nerds who love genre fare such as Star Wars, Star Trek, and Indiana Jones. And while no one could have known just how big this franchise would become, Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin admitted, during an appearance on Joe Rogan's podcast, that he was courted for a main role on the show.
“They pursued me for The Big Bang Theory. And I said no. It was kind of like, the way the pitch was, ‘All right, these two astrophysicist nerds and a pretty girl lives with them. Yoinks!’ That was the pitch. And I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m cool, thanks.’ And then they came back at me again, and I said, ‘No, no, no. Again, flattered, but no.’ Then they came back at me again, and even my manager was like twisting my arm,” he said.
Culkin, nearing his 38th birthday, didn't explain what the part was (Leonard, perhaps? Stuart? Kripke?) but admitted that he'd be rolling in the dough if he'd accepted the job, but would also be frustrated beyond belief at the franchise mentality the show now thrives and perpetuates itself on.
“I’d have hundreds of millions of dollars right now if I did that gig. At the same time, I’d be bashing my head against the wall,” he added.
The series wrapped up its 11th season this past May, featuring the now-famous wedding of Sheldon and Amy Farah Fowler (Mayim Bialik). A 12th season is expected to air this fall.
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