Jon Cryer gets Hollywood star before 'Two and a Half Men' premiere, calls Ashton Kutcher 'fearless'
Jon Cryer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, September 19, the day of the ninth season premiere of "Two and a Half Men," which features newcomer Ashton Kutcher following the firing of Charlie Sheen.
Cryer plays Alan Harper on the CBS series. Angus T. Jones portrays his son. Sheen played Harper's brother before he was axed in March following rants against co-creator Chuck Lorre and amid a slew of personal troubles.
Soon after Sheen's firing, CBS announced that Kutcher, a popular young actor known for his role as Kelso in "That '70s Show" and as the host of "Punk'd," had joined "Two and a Half Men." He will play a new character - a broken-hearted Internet billionaire.
"It's going to be as raunchy as it's always been," Cryer told reporters at his star ceremony, when asked about the new season of "Two and a Half Men." "Ashton is absolutely fearless and will do what ever it takes and that's been great to work with."
"Two and a Half Men" debuted in September 2003, when Jones was almost 10 years old. He will turn 18 on October 8.
"Unfortunately Angus has gotten to be a tall, good-looking guy. Ashton is obviously a tall good-looking guy and now I am the odd man out," Cryer told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith at the Malibu Triathlon on Sunday before adding: "I am so confident in my sex appeal even at this moment."
Jones, Kutcher and Lorre attended Cryer's ceremony on the Walk of Fame. His star is located at 6922 Hollywood Blvd. Sheen received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1993. Lorre got one in 2009. Kutcher and Jones do not have a star.
A day earlier, Cryer, Sheen and Kutcher attended the 2011 Emmy Awards. Cryer was nominated for his role on "Two and a Half Men" this year but lost to Jim Parsons of the CBS comedy show "The Big Bang Theory". Cryer won an Emmy for his part in 2009.
Cryer began his acting career in the 1980s, appearing in the Broadway play "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and starring in the 1984 romantic comedy movie "No Small Affair" with Demi Moore. But Cryer's breakout role came in 1986, when he played awkward Phil "Duckie" Dale in the 1986 film "Pretty in Pink," which stars Molly Ringwald and was written by the late John Hughes.
"I guess the role I'm still most identified with is probably Duckie from 'Pretty in Pink,'" Cryer told CNN and other outlets. "I think for some reason people hold teenage icons to their heart in a way tht nothing else comes close to."
"That was an amazing part to play," he added. "I actually was pretty nervous the whole time we shot. it's been great that that has kind of passed down to generations, that there's teenagers now who see that movie and it really resonates for them."
Cryer went on to appear in the 1991 movie "Hot Shots!," which also stars Sheen. In recent years, aside from his regular sitcom role, Cryer had a recurring role on the Disney Channel show "Hannah Montana" and made a cameo in the movie "Due Date" as his "Two and a Half Men" character.
In April, he returned to his stage roots and appeared alongside "Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris, "Raising Hope" and "Goonies" actress Marth Plimpton, Anika Noni Rose from "The Princess and the Frog" and Broadway star Patti Lupone in a New York Philharmonic's production of "Company."
Cryer recently filmed a comedy movie with Alicia Silverstone that is set for release in 2012.
Meanwhile, he continues to star in "Two and a Half Men." Its ninth season premiere airs on CBS at 9 p.m. An hour later, Comedy Central will air a Roast of Sheen that features appearances by Mike Tyson, William Shatner and "Jackass" star Steve-O.
At the Emmys on Sunday, Sheen and Kutcher presented awards separately. They did run into each other backstage and appeared to have emerged unscathed by the encounter.Additional reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).