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Cryer on Sheen's meltdown: 'Nobody saw it coming'

June 9, 2011 at 10:20 AM ET

While Charlie Sheen’s now-infamous meltdown came after months of mounting public woes, the actor’s former “Two and a Half Men” co-star, Jon Cryer, insists that Sheen’s behavior came as a complete shock as far as he and others on the set of the show were concerned.

“It’s as much a mystery to me as it is to everybody, I think,” Cryer told “Late Show” host David Letterman. “I got a text from someone — I don’t even remember who it was — saying, ‘Charlie Sheen just called Thomas Jefferson a p----.’ I said, ‘I think things are getting out of hand.’”

According to Cryer, the reason Sheen’s actions seemed so unexpected was simply because no matter what the embattled star had been through in the past, there was no precedent for how far it eventually went.

“I mean, this has never happened before, honestly,” Cryer explained. “It wasn’t like, ‘Back in 1963, everybody remembers when Fred MacMurray went bats--- and started talking about freemason ninjas and stuff. He was crazy! And Vivian Vance started urinating on the set of ‘Here’s Lucy.’ So nobody knew. Nobody was prepared for this. I did not see it coming. Nobody saw it coming.”

But Cryer won’t be caught off guard again. He joked that he’s keeping an eye out on his soon-to-be co-star Ashton Kutcher.

“What gave me pause (about Ashton) was (when he) came on the (CBS) plane he says, ‘You know what I love about private jets? You can bring knives onboard,” the actor recalled with a laugh.

“Chapter two: he’s crazy like the first guy,” Letterman warned.

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