Charlie Sheen was initially cast on 'DWTS' season 28: Why he walked away

No Charleston for Charlie Sheen. The actor, 54, was set to compete on season 28 of Dancing With the Stars — and even planned to rehearse with pro Cheryl Burke — but walked away ahead of the premiere, Us Weekly exclusively reveals in the new issue, on newsstands now.

“I was very flattered by ABC and their offer, but at the end of the day, I have two left feet and I just can’t dance,” Sheen confirms to Us.

That said, his casting was part of a bigger deal at ABC. “When there is a big star like that, they will get some sort of deal for a pilot with ABC,” the source tells Us of the former Two and a Half Men star.

Sheen’s publicist, Jeff Ballard, also confirmed the news to Us, noting that while “ABC made a very generous offer” for a pilot series, “it was contingent upon his participation on Dancing With the Stars.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Actors Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen attend AARP's Movies For Grown Ups Film Festival screening of 'The Way' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
THE 58th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Show Wing -- Pictured: (l-r) Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen by the show wing during The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium -- NBC EXCLUSIVE (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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UNITED STATES - circa 1995: Actor Martin Sheen with his son Charlie Sheen. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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Burke, 35, who has been recapping this season of Dancing With the Stars for Us, is partnered with former NFL pro Ray Lewis. The duo landed in the bottom two during the Monday, September 23, episode. However, they made it through, while Mary Wilson of The Supremes was sent home.

“I always say to all my partners, ‘It’s just me, you and the music. That’s it,'” the pro dancer told Us after week one. “Sometimes people can get lost within the crowd, but we have to remember that ballroom dancing is an intimate sport where people look into your story and not the other way around. It’s so important to just stay focused as a couple and that you don’t let your adrenaline get the best of you by dancing too fast to the music or whatever. Just stay calm and collected and take it all in and know that everyone in that ballroom is rooting for. No one wants to see anyone to do bad.”

She also revealed that her and Lewis’ journey has been “tough” so far, as they both have had injuries and missed time rehearsing together.

“We had less time with rehearsals [and] we just needed to focus on one dance at a time,” she said. “If we had that extra week, we would have already probably been done with this dance. For me, I’m going to be able to at least assess if Ray can do this turnaround. One day, learn a routine. The next day, learn it to music and then work technique.”

Dancing With the Stars airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 16: Dancer / TV Personality Cheryl Burke attends the TAO, Beauty and Essex, Avenue and Luchini LA Grand Opening on March 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Dancer Cheryl Burke attends Kari Feinstein's Pre-Oscar Style Lounge at the Andaz Hotel on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alison Buck/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 25: Cheryl Burke attends 'Le Casino' night hosted by Brooks Brothers in Beverly Hills to benefit UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at Brooks Brothers Rodeo on January 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Brooks Brothers)
SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 28: Tv personality Cheryl Burke speaks on stage during the iHeart80s Party 2017 at SAP Center on January 28, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 06: Dancer Cheryl Burke attends the premiere of Lionsgate's 'La La Land' at Mann Village Theatre on December 6, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Dancer Cheryl Burke arrives at People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: TV personality Cheryl Burke arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Guests include actor/producer Mel Gibson, 'Doctor Strange' Benedict Cumberbatch, sportscaster Curt Menefee and Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke who were just voted off last nights Dancing with the Stars,' on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 11/1/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) CHERYL BURKE, RYAN LOCHTE
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2308 - Dancing with the Stars treats viewers to a frightfully delightful night filled with chilling performances on MONDAY, OCTOBER 31 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) RYAN LOCHTE, CHERYL BURKE
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 28: Dancer/TV personality Cheryl Burke (L) and swimmer Ryan Lochte visit Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood on October 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2304' - One of the biggest shows 'Dancing with the Stars' has ever put on will unfold on the ballroom floor, as the 11 remaining celebrities perform big spectacle dances for Cirque du Soleil(r) night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CHERYL BURKE, RYAN LOCHTE
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Cheryl Burke visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 23, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke pose as Season 23 of 'Dancing With The Stars' meets the press at Planet Hollywood Times Square on September 7, 2016 in New York City (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 29: Kym Johnson and Cheryl Burke attend Kym Johnson's Bachelorette party at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino at on July 29, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: (L-R) DJ Caroline D'Amore and TV personality Cheryl Burke attend Meeting JASMIN Fine Art Exhibition at Ace Gallery on July 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rochelle Brodin/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Cheryl Burke attends the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: Dancer Cheryl Burke arrives at iHeartRadio Music Awards on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 10: Cheryl Burke visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 10, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: TV Personalities / Dancers Kym Johnson (L) and Cheryl Burke (R) attend an evening with Kym Johnson from Dancing With The Stars to celebrate the release of her new book 'The 5-6-7-8 Diet: The 14-Day Plan For Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss' on January 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 19: Dancer Cheryl Burke attends the 7th Annual Unstoppable Foundation Gala held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 20: Cheryl Burke attends the launch of Jennifer Lopez's residency 'JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE' at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on January 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
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