Chuck Lorre, the producer of Two And A Half Men (and recent target of Charlie Sheen tirades), recently admitted that he once dreamed of pursuing a career as a guitarist, a dream that was scuttled by none other than jazz great Pat Metheny.
Speaking on his website’s "Vanity Card," Lorre revealed that an episode of his other Top 10 program, The Big Bang Theory, was inspired by an early run-in with the guitar great.
Lorre recalled being a 22-year-old guitarist with "serious chops
," or so he thought until one fateful afternoon at a University of Miami guitar class:
"A painfully shy, 16-year-old boy walked into the room," he recalled. "He could barely speak nor make eye contact with anyone, seemed dwarfed by his big jazz guitar, and was ludicrously introduced as a visiting professor to the university. His name was Pat Metheny. I'll never forget how I felt when he began to play. It was an imploding feeling, like the kind you get when your ego is being demolished like an old Vegas casino. Thankfully, the feeling was accompanied by a soft, reassuring voice in my head that whispered, ‘Find work in television, nobody's a prodigy there.’"
Thanks for the report to Michael Wright, Gibson.com.