HOLLYWOOD – Hit CBS sit-com Two and a Half Men will have a new pair of regular stars next Fall when renowned novelist Thomas Pynchon and film director Terrence Malick make their acting debuts, joining Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher in the award winning show.
The long time Two and a Half Men fan and author of Gravity’s Rainbow, Pynchon said:
I watched it from the very beginning and I loved it. I must admit when Charlie Sheen got hit by the train I was sad and I wasn’t sure the show could maintain its highly hilarious comedic output, but on reflection and with everything that is now available, all the information I mean, Ashton Kutcher has been a revelation. And who would have thought it? He was shit in What Happens in Vegas.
Pynchon and To the Wonder director Terrence Malick will play Harvey Schmidt (Walden’s uncle) and Joey Harper (Alan’s uncle) respectively. ‘We move in to the house in Malibu with the guys and at first we’re like chalk and cheese,’ said the New World director. ‘But then, and here’s the genius, we click.’
Chuck Lorre – the show’s creator – said:
The idea had been kicking around. I was a huge fan of Tom and Terry’s work. I thought it was just great, if not particularly funny. But when I met them both at a party, I was knocked out by how funny they were in real life. It was like watching Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon sparring. They had the room in tears. I was in the shower the next morning when the idea came to me. I called them up and they were initially reluctant but you know a little numbers flew around and you don’t get that kind of money winning Palme d’Or or shifting hardbacks.
Lorre added that if the 12th season was a success he fully envisioned a spin off movie. ‘We’d like to do an Odd Couple kind of film with Tom and Terry. Hey Tom and Terry! There’s your title.’
Season 12 of Two and a Half Men will broadcast in 2014.