UPDATED: Charlie Sheen apologized to Jon Cryer, at least partly, for calling his now-former costar on “Two and a Half Men” a “troll” earlier this week. However, Sheen’s “apology” could have been interpreted as half-hearted and insincere. “I’ll apologize to Jon Cryer right now,” Sheen said in an interview Wednesday on a Los Angeles radio station, K-Earth. “I was in a mood, and I threw that out there . . . It’s a half apology – it’s an apol—!” In the same interview, he implied that Cryer frequently flubbed his lines during the filming of “Men,” something Warner Brothers accused Sheen of doing when the company served his lawyer with papers detailing the reasons Sheen was fired.
PREVIOUSLY: For some reason, Charlie Sheen seems to believe that his “Two and a Half Men” costar, Jon Cryer, owes him some kind of public display of support.
And now that it’s become more obvious with each passing day that Cryer has no intention of publicly siding with him, Sheen has begun to attack Cryer.
Apparently tiring (at least temporarily) of leveling insults at “Two and a Half Men” producer Chuck Lorre, Sheen on Tuesday called Cryer “a traitor, a turncoat” and one of his favorite names for people he doesn’t care for: “a troll.”
“Jon has not called me,” Sheen complained self-righteously in an interview with E! online. “He’s a turncoat, a traitor, a troll. Clearly he’s a troll,” Sheen said of Cryer, who, by all appearances, has done nothing to deserve Sheen’s insults.
At the very least, it’s Cryer whose career has been upended by a situation that was brought on by Sheen’s behavior. Up until about two weeks ago, the affable Cryer was humming right along as the costar of network television’s highest-rated comedy. Now, all of a sudden, the future of the show is in jeopardy, through no fault of Cryer’s.
Sheen previously complained, in one of the TV interviews he conducted last week, that neither Cryer nor his other costar, Angus T. Jones, had reached out to him to either support him or check in on him. Of course, neither of them owes Sheen a phone call, particularly Jones, who’s just 17 and probably wouldn’t know what to say to Charlie anyway.
And what if Cryer called him now, the E! online interviewer asked. “What’s there to say?” answered Sheen, who then laced into Cryer even more. “I’ll tell him, ‘You’re a little late. Goodbye, troll’!” Sheen said. “When I’m starring in multimillion-dollar films and he’s begging me for a supporting role, I’ll say, ‘You left me out in the cold with all of your guilt and stupidity’!”
Meanwhile, rumors continue to swirl about how Lorre and his team of producers will deal with “Two and a Half Men” going forward, now that it’s been reduced to “One and a Half Men.” The latest name to pop out of the rumor mill as a possible replacement for Sheen: Rob Lowe, who has lately emerged as one of TV’s most reliable utility players with recurring roles on “Parks & Recreation” on NBC and “Californication” on Showtime. Stories making the rounds Tuesday afternoon did not report Lowe’s own reaction to the rumors. Previously, John Stamos’ name was mentioned as another TV vet who could possibly fill in for Sheen.
The question is: Are they looking for a new Charlie (only one who’s not as self-destructive as the one they just fired)? Or are they looking to hire a new leading man who would play a newly developed role rather than just step in to play Charlie Harper as if Charlie Sheen had never been there — like a new Darrin?
Stay tuned, because this story is far from over.