Just A Minute With: Jon Cryer on his new "Shorts"

Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:05am EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Jon Cryer first found fame in 1984 with a starring role opposite Demi Moore in "No Small Affair," and then as one of the leading actors in John Hughes' teen comedy "Pretty in Pink."

While most of his contemporaries have long since faded away, Cryer has quietly built himself one of the most respected and successful careers in Hollywood, earning four consecutive Emmy nominations for his performance as Alan Harper in CBS's top-rated comedy series "Two and a Half Men."

On Friday, he stars in the new family comedy "Shorts" directed by Robert Rodriguez ("Spy Kids"), which debuts as counter-programing effort to director Quentin Tarantino's violent, adult-oriented "Inglourious Basterds."

Cryer spoke to Reuters about the movie and his career:

Q: You must have been shocked by John Hughes' death?

A: "Oh my God! I was on the set of "Two and a Half Men" when I heard. I had all these texts, and at first I thought it was a hoax. What struck me was I hadn't seen him in years, and when I think about it, I really owe an enormous amount of my career to him. And it made me sad because it made me realize that you've really got to let people know it when you're grateful to them. They won't always be here and I regret that I didn't do that. But I have very fond memories. He was a lovely guy and knew exactly what he wanted. He'll be greatly missed."

Q: So, tell us about "Shorts."

A: "It's the "Pulp Fiction" of kiddie movies (laughs), which will make both adults and kids think, as it's this big puzzle. When I first read it, it really reminded me of all the "Little Rascal" shorts that I grew up on, and these kids live in a town where they have some autonomy. They go off and do their own thing and get into trouble, and kids today just don't get that chance anymore."   Continued...