The actor also spoke about Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre making up.
Jon Cryer is open to returning to Two and a Half Men. ET’s Kevin Frazier spoke to the 58-year-old actor following series creator Chuck Lorre‘s reconciliation with Charlie Sheen, and he expressed an openness to reprising his role of Alan Harper from the popular sitcom.
“I’m not going to rule anything out, but I haven’t talked to Charlie,” Cryer said. “I’m really glad they made up… I can only say for Chuck, clearly. He has the enormous relief of somebody who’s been able to rekindle a friendship that was really meaningful to him.”
Lorre and Sheen fell out in 2011 after the show into a hiatus so the actor, who played Charlie Harper, could enter rehab for a third time. After Sheen fired back at Lorre with publicly disparaging comments, CBS and Warner Bros. canceled the remaining episodes of the season, terminating the actor’s contract and banning him from their production lot. He was later replaced on Two and a Half Men by Ashton Kutcher, and the show ran for four more seasons.
When Lorre began working on his new show, Bookie, he reached out to Sheen to play a fictional version of himself.
“He and Charlie were very, very close for the first few years of Two and a Half Men and that they’ve managed to reconcile is really lovely,” Cryer told ET. “I have not spoken to Charlie. I don’t know that he knows my number anymore. But anything could happen.”
When ET spoke to Lorre in November, he expressed excitement about working with Sheen again.
“I was hopeful that Charlie was in a good place and up for it. He couldn’t have been more gracious and enthusiastic and generous about the whole thing,” Lorre said of Sheen, before recalling of their reunion, “It was just the most natural thing in the world. The two of us hugged… It was closure. It was healing. And it was a big weight off my heart. I don’t want to speak for Charlie, but I think he felt the same thing. It was a great opportunity for us to bury that darkness, and have fun.”
Now, Cryer has moved on to a new project as he’s set to star in Extended Family, a new sitcom in which the actor plays Jim, a happily divorced guy who lives with his ex-wife (Abigail Spencer) and their kids as she starts dating someone new (Donald Faison).
“We shot the pilot of this show almost two years ago, because it’s taken this crazy winding path,” Cryer said. “We all love it so much and we all cared about it so much… We could not be more thrilled for America to finally get a chance to see it.”
Faison agreed, noting, “This is a show where the parents are like, ‘Look, for the kids let’s have an amicable divorce and really show them that we’re still partners in raising them.”
“What I love about the show is we’re showing that there could be a different way to do divorce,” Spencer added. “… I just haven’t seen anything like this on TV.”