8 Decades of The Hollywood Reporter
In 2003, THR began its review of Two and a Half Men's James Burrows-directed pilot by saying: "The Jon Cryer curse -- if there ever was one -- is about to be lifted." The idea was that the four sitcoms Cryer previously had done never got traction and that this one was "perfectly suited to his and co-star Charlie Sheen's styles," plus the Chuck Lorre-produced CBS show was given "one of the choicest pieces of primetime real estate following Everybody Love Raymond." Nine years later, Cryer, 47, hasn't done too shabbily -- he's won two Emmys -- but it's hard not to think the show has displeased the gods in some fashion. A year after Sheen went on a 2011 Twitter rant against Two and a Half Men and was replaced by Ashton Kutcher, attended rehab, then moved to FX's Anger Management, his former co-star Angus T. Jones, 19, went on his own diatribe, calling the program "filth" and asking viewers to "please stop watching." (He since has apologized.) The Texas native began his career at 4 in 1997 doing TV commercials, then scored a small part in 1999's Simpatico and a breakthrough role in 2001's See Spot Run with David Arquette. He's been with the show as Cryer's food-obsessed son since it began, now with a contract that pays about $350,000 an episode. While it isn't clear how Jones' position on Two and a Half Men will play out, Sheen, 47, has offered Jones a part on Anger Management. As Sheen said recently, "It is radically clear to me that the show is cursed."