Charlie Sheen’s Two and Half Men costar Jon Cryer was on Conan O’Brien last night. Cryer talked about the incredible things that Sheen gets up to, and how the guy seems to take it all in stride. He didn’t mention Charlie’s many ‘rumored’ drug-fueled hooker hookups (and beat downs) but told the story of how Charlie admitted to him that his car was stolen and crashed down a cliff (that happened twice actually) and Charlie was like “whatever.” Cryer also joked that he checks TMZ to see whether he should go into work. At least I think he was joking – maybe he wasn’t.
On Wednesday night’s ‘Conan,’ Jon Cryer told the late-night host what it’s like working with his ‘Two and a Half Men’ co-star Charlie Sheen.
“It’s always a little weird,” Cryer admitted. “Because the stuff you hear is just unbelievable.” The actor joked that he’s “checking TMZ, as I do every day, to know if I have to go to work at all.”
“There was a story that they found Charlie’s car at the bottom of a cliff. So you’re thinking, ‘Wow, sure hope Charlie’s okay,’” he said. “And he comes into work, and it’s like, ‘Hey Charlie, how’s it going man?’”
Cryer said he checked Sheen for scratches after imagining his co-star had “crashed the car, and then clawed his way back up the cliff.” In reality, Sheen told him he was “doing okay” except for the fact “someone stole my car, and ran it off a cliff last night.”
“Normally, you would not believe that from someone,” Cryer said. “But from Charlie Sheen, you believe that… Because that happened to him twice. That actually happened.”
That was pretty generous of Cryer to tell the double car crash story and to skip over all the other insane sh*t about Charlie. The dude wants to keep his job, so he’s going to portray Charlie as getting up to all sorts of funny hijinks rather than the reality of the situation, which is that he’s an abusive druggie with a sex addiction. CBS will continue to tolerate Charlie’s behavior as long as his show remains so inexplicably popular. The people who rely on the guy will make excuses and jokes about him. Just seeing how Cryer deals with it kind of brings the issue home for me and helps me understand the other side of it. If you get enough people together who rely on someone to keep their jobs they’re going to prop that guy up and continue to make excuses for him until the bottom falls out. As maddening and transparent as it seems to us on the outside, a lot of us would do the same if our livelihoods were at stake. (Not that it makes it right.)