"I love him, I wish him the best, I hope that he should live in good health for the rest of his life," Cryer said of Sheen as he explained his hesitation with signing on for a revival of the CBS sitcom
When host Alyssa Farrah Griffin asked if there was an "opportunity for a reboot" given show creator Chuck Lorre's recent reconciliation with Sheen, Cryer admitted he was unaware of any plans in the works.
Despite reports he's heard that Sheen is "doing a lot better," the actor revealed that the two haven't spoken in a few years and shared how "lovely" it was to hear that he and Lorre had reconciled. He added that the television creator's loss of friendship with Sheen had been "really heartbreaking for him."
"The thing for me is, when Two and a Half Men was happening, Charlie was the highest-paid actor in television, probably ever," he continued. "There has been nobody who has surpassed the enormous amount of money that he was making. And yet he blew it up."
Cryer added, "So, you kind of have to think — I love him, I wish him the best, I hope that he should live in good health for the rest of his life — but I don’t know if I want to get in business with him for any length of time."
He noted that he would be open to a "one-off" and when Ana Navarro asked if he would change his tune if he were to get "paid the same."
Cryer replied, "Yeah, there you go. There you go. That sounds fair!"
Back in 2011, Sheen targeted Lorre in a series of rants where he called him a “clown,” “a stupid, stupid man” and hurled anti-semitic insults. At the time, the actor was struggling with his drug and alcohol addiction, which led him to go off on bizarre rants about “winning” and using “tiger’s blood.”
Despite the broken bridges, when Lorre and his How to Be a Bookie co-creator Nick Bakay needed to cast “a real-life Hollywood star” to play a high roller, the writer immediately thought of Sheen.
“It should be Charlie,” he recalled considering the 58-year-old actor to Variety. “I remember Charlie was very much engaged in sports betting and he would tell me stories about it all the time. You know, when things were good.”
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Though he felt apprehensive about their reunion, Lorre shared that the duo quickly picked up right where they left off.
“I was nervous, but almost as soon as we started talking, I remembered, we were friends once,” he explained. “And that friendship just suddenly seemed to be there again.”
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