Jon Cryer “had no idea” that Charlie Sheen would lose control so quickly

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Last night, Jon Cryer appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” to discuss the obvious; that is, the impact of Charlie Sheen’s torrid behavior and how it affected life for him as a cast member of “Two and a Half Men.” Kaiser and I were discussing this, and she gives Cryer props for acting like an adult during the entire affair when his co-star clearly had no interest in doing so, and I will hand him a lot of credit for (publicly, at least) keeping his sense of humor about it all, as demonstrated by his admission of checking TMZ to see what Charlie was up to. At any rate, Cryer tells Letterman that he had no idea that Charlie would turn into such a live wire and spiral downhill at such a rapid rate.

Turns out Two and a Half Men’s Jon Cryer didn’t know his costar Charlie Sheen as well as he thought.

Speaking to David Letterman in a Wednesday interview about Sheen’s wild outbursts and antics, Cryer says he had no idea Sheen would spiral out of control so quickly.

“It’s as much a mystery to me as to everyone, I think,” Cryer told Letterman of the behavior of his colleague, who was fired from Men March 7, weeks after a two-day bender landed him in the hospital and caused his series to halt production.

During the show’s forced hiatus, Cryer, 46, says he watched Sheen’s manic media interviews and was just as puzzled as the rest of Men’s fans.

“My favorite moment was I got a text from someone, saying, ‘Charlie Sheen just called Thomas Jefferson a p*ssy.’ I said, ‘I think things are getting out of hand,’” he told Letterman. “We didn’t see where it was going. This has never happened before. It wasn’t like, back in 1963, oh everyone remembers when Fred McMurray went bats*it and started talking about free mason ninjas and stuff. It was crazy! And Vivian Vance started urinating on the set of ‘Here’s Lucy.’ So nobody was prepared for this.”

Feeling slighted after being dumped from the show, Sheen, 45, took aim at Cryer, his costar for the past nine seasons. “Jon has not called me,” a fired-up Sheen told E! News in March. “He’s a turncoat, a traitor, a troll. Clearly he’s a troll.”

However, Cryer — who appears on the series as Alan Harper — harbors no ill will.

“I love him, he’s a great friend,” Cryer said of his costar. “None of us wanted to continue with the show if we felt like it was hurting him, and there was a point at which, we felt like, there’s no control over him.”

[From Us Weekly]

In a sense, it’s hard to believe that Cryer wasn’t aware of Sheen’s previous reputation of hookers and blow, but I understand what he’s saying about how the ordeal was rather unprecedented in terms of the semi-historical television experience. It also sounds like Cryer was as shell-shocked as the rest of us that Charlie refused to stop badmouthing Chuck Lorre and the network even when it was clear that the effects would be disastrous. Here’s a video clip of that Letterman interview. Cryer is such a self-effacing guy that one cannot help but think he’s adorable.

As a side, the below photo was captioned “Justin Timberlake” by one of our photo agencies. I’ve never thought about it before, but JT and Jon really do look pretty similar, don’t they?

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  1. gab says:

    Awww, he looks like an older still cute Duckie in the last pic! Love that he is down to earth with lack of big Hollywood ego.

  2. Hellen says:

    Cryer’s taking the high road, which is rare and admirable in Hollywood. Good for him.

  3. whitedaisy says:

    He had a very similar look to Matthew Broderick in his youth. I believe that is why John Hughes chose Broderick for Ferris Bueller; he loved working with Jon Cryer in Pretty in Pink.

  4. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    “My favorite moment was I got a text from someone, saying, ‘Charlie Sheen just called Thomas Jefferson a pussy.’

    HA!!! That would be my favorite moment too.

    Love Jon Cryer and despite Charlie’s past antics he was acting normally for a long time and then he just lost control. It was a little unsuspected. Remember everyone thought Denise Richards was crazy, and Charlie was good? Time sure changes things.

    No JT and JC look nothing like. How the hell did they mislabel that picture?

  5. 4Real says:

    “I want you to know: Despite my appearance at this function, I remain now, and will always be, a Duckman.”

  6. Laughternrain says:

    I feel sorry for the co-stars and crew. Cryer seems like a genuine, tolerant and patient person. On another note, the featured links picture of Weiner makes him look a bit like Freddy Kreuger, with the rubbery looking neck and the facial expression. That picture creeps me out.

  7. Eve says:

    @ Whitedaisy:

    He even joked about that in one of Two and half men’s episodes — they’re trying to get into a club and after not being allowed (he claims he’s Matthew Broderick).

  8. Hautie says:

    What Jon Cryer manage to do… that no one else did… was not burn any bridges.

    He always manage to find something positive to say, no matter how crazy everyone else was acting.

    Yet, there was Letterman trying to get Cryer to say something catty about Charlie.

    Too bad Jon did not zing Dave a little about his own bad behavior with his jump-off’s. Dave acts like he did not get his ass handed to him less than a year ago, for screwing around.

    (And of course my love for Jon does go back to Pretty in Pink too.)

  9. RobN says:

    Cryer has his own crazy ex-wife, so it’s not like he’s even a newbie to crazy world. He knows crazy and Sheen still surprised him; that’s saying something.

  10. Darlene says:

    What’s he talking about Fred McMurray and Vivian Vance?? ????

  11. lucy2 says:

    I think he’s doing his best to be diplomatic and professional, and I give him a lot of credit for that. It would have been far easier to cash in on the attention or badmouth others, but he seems like a decent guy who’s just trying to hang in there.

  12. the original bellaluna says:

    I agree with those who’ve said JC took the high road, conducted himself with class (truly shocking in today’s climate in “the biz”), and behaved professionally.

    I, too, felt really bad for CS’s co-stars and crew. He really put a lot of people out of work during the “hiatus.” I read the crew was “just so grateful to be back to work” once Asston signed on. How sad that one selfish asshole’s behaviour effected so many people!

  13. Dorothy#1 says:

    Damn I LOVE Ducky!!!! He is so awesome!!!!

  14. fannomore says:

    he is the definition of classy even when he was dissed by sheen he held strong and I’m sure he could’ve said lots of bad things if he weren’t the better man.

  15. danny says:

    Cryer seems like a good dude.

    Fred MacMurray!

  16. normades says:

    I feel bad that Ashton’s moving in. Cryer and the crew deserve better :-(

  17. Whatever says:

    Yeah, Duckie rules, but I’d think Charlie threatening his wife with a knife and freaking out on a hooker in a hotel room would have been clues that Charlie was losing it. Maybe its just me. He’s just trying to be nice. Everyone has known for years that Charlie is not stable.

  18. Shy says:

    I wonder what Charlie Sheen is doing now. I mean here we are few month later. And who is the Loser now? People were chocked and then find it funny but after few those crazy interviews people just got tired of Sheen. And Charlie was just a stupid celebrity who thought he is the center of the world. And now everyone just forgot about him. His 15 minute of fame came up.

    I think that Charlie even thought that he will be like Lindsay Lohan and will stay in the news every day. But that crazy idiot has some unique talent to stay on the news every day. Charlie on the other hand is just old, ugly, crazy dude. When people got tired of him – he just vanished.

    He thought that he is irreplaceable. And I bet that even after they fired him he thought that he will file that lawsuit and they will scare and will ask him to come back. And then day after day went buy and no one called. It’s probably only matter of time before he will overdose. It’s not like he has any other things to do now.

  19. leo says:

    Jon Cryer is awesome.

    Charlie was ok until he went bat sh$t crazy.

  20. moptop says:

    Hell no, Justin Timberlake and Jon Cryer don’t look alike. Jon Cryer is WAY cuter and not douchy like Timberlake.

  21. yadicakes says:

    Whitedaisy/Eve: he also claimed he was Matthew Broderick in an episode where Charlie was in the hospital. I love his character on the show

    I actually like this show, with Ashton it will be different :/ but I guess it can’t be worst than what Charlie would have turned it into eventually had he stayed

    DUCKIE! Woooot

  22. jemshoes says:

    Jon’s dealt with this very professionally. I’d like to give Two and a Half Men another glance (yes, even with Ashton on board) if only because Charlie Sheen’s ex-co-stars deserve this after all his boorish shenanigans.

  23. Ally says:

    I stopped watching the show after the first year (predictable and lame), but I would have tuned in again if they’d cast John Stamos.

    Ashton Kutcher is just bizarre casting. How desperate for a regular paycheque is that guy?

  24. Shay says:

    Cryer is the funny character on the show. He made Sheen look funny.

  25. Lucy says:

    @Darlene…He said its NOT like Fred MacMurray or Vivian Vance did those things. People are shocked because this has NOT happened before…Jon is smart not to burn any bridges…Sheen could make one popular movie and BAM..he’s back on top…Hollywood can be very forgiving if someone is making money for them…

  26. Onyx XV says:

    LOL, Jon Cryer and Justin Timberlake look alike. Nope. Not even a little bit! ITA with moptop, too, re the JT douchiness.

    I have loved Jon Cryer since the days of the Duckman and am happy for his career success. Clearly he deserves it. Class and dignity go a long way. I’m also fond of Charlie Sheen and hope he gets the help he so obviously needs.

  27. Eve says:

    @ Yadicakes:

    Whitedaisy/Eve: he also claimed he was Matthew Broderick in an episode where Charlie was in the hospital. I love his character on the show.

    I think that’s because many people used to mistake them for one another — they were both in high-school-related movies and they’re both goofy looking (also, same hair and eye colour, and their pale/pinkish complexion). It’s cool that he (and the writers) joke about that.

    I don’t loooove Two And A Half Men, but sometimes I catch an episode and I enjoy some of the characters — my favourites being their unapologetic bitchy mother Evelyn Harper (I love Holland Taylor) and the maid Berta (Conchata Ferrell). The least funny ones were precisely Charlie Sheen’s character and the “half” man (the boy used to be cute but became an awkward, not funny teenager).

  28. Victoria says:

    Charlie hasnt acted up in a while. Strange that NOW he decides to ‘clean up his act’ publicly at least..

  29. Victoria says:

    PS I bet Jon is hung like a .. well u get my drift.. mmm hmm..

  30. Tom L. says:

    Jon Ccyer is one classy guy. Let’s put the shoe on the other foot. . . “what if Jon had left for some reason”. . . .that show would have lost the foundation of Two and a Half Men!

    I hope SOMEONE will agree with me?!?

    Tom L.