Jon Cryer "Hoping for the Best" for Charlie Sheen
At NAB, the actor reports that he's currently focused on producing and would "love" to work with Chuck Lorre again.
Jon Cryer completed his memoir So That Happened in 2015, but doesn't feel that he has anything to add in light of the recent controversies surrounding his former Two and a Half Men co-star Charlie Sheen.
“There hasn’t been a huge amount of a change in Charlie and my relationship [this past year],” Cryer said backstage at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas, where he helped induct Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre into the NAB Hall of Fame. “When I was writing the book, I asked him if I could use some of his texts to me, and he was fine with it. He only asked that I fix the spelling — I swear."
Sheen revealed he was HIV positive in a Today show interview in November, following a highly publicized meltdown and dismissal from his CBS series. “He and I have never been on bad terms,” Cryer continued. “I feel like he’s dealing with a demon that just will not let him go. I think a lot of his friends and family feel this way; when you understand what he going through, it’s just who he is. I can’t change it. I don’t really have him in my life anymore, because there’s only so much of that, that you can have in your life after a while. But that doesn’t stop me hoping for the best for him.”
Last year, after Two and a Half Men took its final bow, Cryer and wife/producing partner Lisa Joyner formed a TV production company called Discount Sushi based at Warner Bros., which is his current focus. “We’re doing animated shows, unscripted shows, all kinds of stuff,” said Cryer, who's hoping to soon reveal titles of projects.
“It’s fun, and working with my wife has turned out to be just great," he said. "We get to spend time together and she really knows what she’s doing. I produced independent films and got into this with a certain amount of trepidation, because working with a big organization like Warner Bros. is nothing like independent producing.”
Cryer added that after this break from Two and a Half Men, he’s also ready to start acting again when the right project comes along. “I would love to work with Chuck again and would do it in a minute,” he said. “It’s tempting because his office is very close.”