Two And A Half Men: John Cryer Opens Up On Charlie Sheen Worries ‘You Live With This Fear’

Charlie Sheen may be in talks to make an epic return to the hit sitcom Two And A Half Men, but for his co star John Cryer, remembering Charlie’s time now on the show brings back some painful memories. The show, which is entering its 12th and final season, has had more than its fair share of drama both on and off screen, and for Cryer, working with his controversial cast mate was often “very, very tough to live with”.

Charlie’s public downfall became one of the most shocking moments in Hollywood before he was eventually given the boot from the show in 2011 after a series of disturbing displays. But talking to the Huffington Post, Cryer recalls “the first crack” in Charlie’s façade” which went on to become one of the saddest public breakdown’s in celebrity history. For Cryer, he first became aware of Charlie’s downward spiral when he began talking 9/11 conspiracy theories on the radio. Later it would become clear that Charlie was battling alcohol and drug abuse, as his behavior became more and more erratic.

At the height of his breakdown he was arrested for assaulting his then-wife Brooke Mueller, blasted his Two and Half Men bosses and in a string of bizarre posts bragged about his wild sex life. Cryer says it was during this time he feared for his close friend’s life. “Anyone who’s had an addict as a friend knows you live with this fear — is the next phone call gonna be the one where something horrible has happened?” he recalled. “I had that a lot with Charlie, and it was very, very tough to live with.”

But despite his best efforts, he admits that Charlie’s problems became too much as his attempts to reach out to the star went down like a damp squib. “Charlie and I had a couple of conversations. Again, when you’re dealing with somebody dealing with a substance abuse problem, it’s tough to get through [to them]. Clearly I didn’t at the time.”

But despite his meltdown, America just couldn’t get enough of the main man a showbosses desperately tried to keep their star until it became clear that the show would have to go on without him. Sheen was famously replaced by Ashton Kutcher but the CBS series just never managed to rekindle its magic. Now, Two And A Half Men will draw to a close in its 12th season, with the finale airing in the US before the end of the year.

Charlie has confirmed that he is “definitely” up for returning to the show telling Extra’s Terri Seymour “I just think it makes sense”.