|Anne Heche and Ashton Kutcher|
Charlie Sheen called him a"turncoat, a traitor, a troll", but's Jon Cryer had only nice things to say about his former costar after news broke that Ashton Kutcher is joining the sitcom.
"I want to express my enormous gratitude to Charlie Sheen for eight great seasons. I'm extremely proud of the work we've done together, and I will miss him," the actor, 46, says in a statement. "But I'm also looking forward to this new beginning."
As for Sheen's replacement – whom the warlock himself called "a sweetheart and a brilliant comedic performer" – Cryer, again, had only kind words, even if he seemed to be stretching the truth a little.
"Ashton is an extraordinarily talented guy, and his presence will be an asset to our show," he says. "We are old friends from our male modeling days, and we're both looking forward to being judged for our comedic artistry, as opposed to our exceptional physical beauty."
I wasn't aware of how well Kutcher's films have been doing--I don't watch them. I do know that he has had great success on television and he can dominate in that medium. The people who tune in will get an actor who works extremely hard at looking at ease and comfortable as an actor. He is no slouch. He'll do fine. If they don't write decent shows, it won't be his fault if the show fails.
Kutcher's character, if he does replace Sheen, will probably have to have some sort of back story that eases him onto the show. Kutcher knows how to play an amoral womanizer (did anyone see Spread?) and, like I said, he can handle television without any problems. The question will be, does anyone want to see him in this format right now?