'Two and a Half Men's' Ashton Kutcher, Chuck Lorre Talk Charlie Sheen, Series Reboot
In a revealing interview, the CBS show's new star and creator, along with co-stars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones talk candidly about the behind-the-scenes drama and what to expect from the new season.
With just weeks to go before its Sept. 19 premiere, the newly revamped Two and a Half Men cast and creator Chuck Lorre sat down for their first joint interview to talk about the show and all things Charlie Sheen.
After Sheen's much-publicized firing in March, Ashton Kutcher was announced as the stop-gap for TV's most popular dynamic threesome, joining show veterans Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones.
In a new TV Guide interview, the new castmates talked Kutcher's casting, and of course, took some shots at Sheen.
After Kutcher explains at new app that will be available on the iPhone 5 that Apple calls "The Kutcher," Jones quips "Jon, how many times did we have this same conversation with Charlie?" To which, Cryer responded "All the time. He was always talking about the new spellcheck on the iPhone."
Cryer also revealed that he is not in contact with his former co-star who publicly lambasted him earlier this year, calling Cryer a troll and turncoat."I have not heard from him. I don't even have his number," though the actor did add, "He still has mine."
For his part, Lorre spoke about his initial reluctance to consider Kutcher, who he now says has an "electric" energy with the rest of the cast. "I was completely convinced that we needed a fourtysomething costar who would be a peer to Jon," the show creator said. But, after meeting the former That 70s Show star, Lorre admitted his error. "It was obvious my assumption was wrong. Here was a guy with great comedy instincts, tons of experience and who is totally fearless. Taking the job proves that."
Not that Kutcher wasn't scared to step into Sheen's shoes. "Moving into somebody else's house is a scary thing," he admitted, saying he had fears about acceptance. "Who know what the dynamic would be and how everybody would feel? I wanted to make sure it was comfortable for everybody else and myself."
And, according to Men's main men, it is. The stars say they received a standing ovation after their first taping. "The audience just went crazy," boasted Lorre. a