Here's a blast from the past. Back in 1991, Charlie Sheen and Pretty in Pink's Jon Cryer co-starred in Hot Shots! Now, they're reunited in CBS's small-screen fall comedy, Two and a Half Men. The sitch: Two brothers one a playboy, the other a neurotic divorcé raise a little boy together. Think My Two Dads meets The Odd Couple. We also can't help thinking they've both had bad luck with sitcoms in the past...
Sheen admits replacing Michael J. Fox on Spin City was a rough patch in his career. "When I took over Spin City, the first few weeks, I kept wondering whose idea this was, and how I got talked into it," he told reporters at the Television Critics Assoc. press tour in Hollywood on Monday.
"I was embraced by a really professional cast and a great group of writers," Sheen added, "so they made me comfortable early on, but there was still a lot of pressure. 'How is he going to replace this icon, this institution?' And I kept reminding myself there's only one of him, and only one of me."
Happily, Sheen has no recast drama to face on this show. "Yeah," Cryer cracked. "He's just going to get compared to me, so really, is that going to be tough? I don't think so."
Speaking of Cryer, he's starred in a slew of short-lived TV laffers, including The Trouble with Normal, Getting Personal, Partners, The Famous Teddy Z, etc. It's quite a rap sheet, but the funnyman perseveres. "It was pretty clear that I was this guy," he says of his Men character. "If I didn't get this part, I was just going to kick myself in the forehead repeatedly if that was physically possible!"