What does weirdness mean? You are not making this stuff up. You are tense and you are nervous, and feeling a distance between yourself and others. Confessions of a Duckman interview on NPR radio, in it the Emmy-winning actor, screenwriter, director and producer Jon Cryer lets the listening audience have straight between the eyes, what was it really like to work with Charlie Sheen.
“He’s sincere and approachable,” Cryer says happily about his former coworker/actor Charlie Sheen. Really, the Charlie Sheen tiger we’ve all come to know and love, hate and make fun of and find a certain comraderie with. “The meltdown period, drug leisure. Legions of people felt represented by Charlie Sheen and his fight with his boss. In 2010 Charlie Sheen polluted the headlines with his bombastic drunken tirany.
Sheen and Cryer met decades ago during an interview for some movie. Male actors in a waiting room can be a room full of egos and testosterone and a bit intimidating and highly competitive. “Not Charlie,” says Cryer, “he was cordial at best and put me at ease right away. Something you don’t get a whiff of in a room full of men auditioning for the same part in a movie.” Isn’t that why Charlie’s sitcom Two and a Half Men was so successful to begin with? Audiences loved him and his success at being the artful dodger, avoiding growing up and a real relationship with a woman, and his sheer untackiness at handling his live-in always broke brother, nephew and housekeeper. He says what we all wish we could say without fear.
Ducky, wacky character, dork guy. Effiminate, heterosexual dork. EHD Funny but not a joke. Jon Cryer is funny in the show as the other brother of the masculine (both good and bad) and many faceted “Charlie.” The show aired for twelve years and closes the door and even made it through Sheens’ tornado departure after season eight. Why, because it was good dependable funny and filth. Men ranks among the top five TV sitcoms. Will Charlie Sheen be in the last episode?
“Charlie was a reliable actor, on time and on line, but something was wrong, and went wrong. Late, not showing up, teeth falling out, dental surgeries, missing shows repeatedly. He began behaving like someone else. It was hard to watch someone you know and work with going through it. And how long would it be before the audience got whiff of it?” Cryer speaks fondly of Sheen. “Say their mind and damn the consequences. All of that hatred and tearing into his boss on national television. How much he hated Chuck Lorre and what a terrible boss he was.
Why did people love Charlie? Charlie was the drinking class icon, people could talk about their drugs and taking them openly. Is it stress, is it trauma, who knows for sure but there is someone on television now that looks and sounds like me now and its totally refreshing and relatable. A meltdown a breakdown, drug abuse, domestic abuse and many arrests. Call it what you want but it happens to many people every day, and people are told you have to put on your lipstick and smile when you feel like doing just the opposite of “faking it.” There are a lot of people out there who can’t piss a negative drug test, and the chaos that comes with it. The average person with these problems wants to see how Sheen will come out of it at the end. Is there hope for my addiction?
“Charlie was a high performance performer. Sad and scary you think you know someone. Your work friends are your work friends and can be very different otherwise. Media frenzy, there are always things you are afraid of happening in your life. When things you are scared of actually happen- you just keep winging it”… they are tools to help you grow. Life isn’t two-and-a-half kids and a van for a lot of people.