Curious Conan O’Brien couldn’t help but ask Jon Cryer what it’s like on the set of “Two and a Half Men” when his hard-partying co-star Charlie Sheen is making headlines for his off-camera hijinks.
And Cryer was happy to talk about it when he appeared as a guest on Conan’s TBS talk show Wednesday night. “It’s always a little weird because the stuff you hear is just unbelievable,” Cryer said. He then launched merrily into a story about the time one of Sheen’s cars was discovered wrecked at the bottom of a cliff. And yet, Sheen showed up to work without a scratch on him.
“I’m checking TMZ, as I do everyday to know if I have to go to work at all, and there is . . . a story [that] they found Charlie’s car at the bottom of a cliff,” Cryer recalled. “So you’re thinking, ‘Wow, I sure hope Charlie’s OK.’ And he comes into work and it’s like, ‘Hey, Charlie, how’s it goin’, man?’ and you’re checking for scratches because my mind had come up with this whole thing like he’d crashed the car and clawed his way back up the cliff . . . But he said, ‘Well, I’m doin’ OK, except that somebody stole my car and ran it off a cliff last night.’
“And normally you would not believe that from somebody, but from Charlie Sheen you believe [it] because that happened to him – twice!” Cryer exclaimed.
As he usually does, Cryer proved himself to be an engaging, entertaining talk-show guest, thanks in part to his stories about Charlie (plus some other tidbits, such as a funny story he told involving Neil Patrick Harris).
But once again, you have to wonder if some of the people in Charlie Sheen’s life are letting him off a bit too easily. Sure, Sheen hasn’t yet been seriously injured in any of his infamous binges, but how funny will Cryer’s stories be (or anyone else’s stories about Charlie Sheen, for that matter) if, heaven forbid, Sheen actually harms himself or someone else as a result of his “lifestyle”? We’re keeping our fingers crossed that that won’t happen.