If it can happen in show business, it's happened to Jon Cryer. Now he's opening up for the first time and sharing his behind-the-scenes stories in a warmly endearing, sharply observed, and frankly funny look at life in Hollywood.
In 1986 Jon Cryer won over America as Molly Ringwald's loyal and lovable best friend, Duckie, in the cult classic Pretty in Pink, in a role that set the tone for his three-decade-long career in Hollywood. He went on to establish himself as one of the most talented comedic actors in the business, ultimately culminating in his current turn as Alan Harper on the massively popular sitcom Two and a Half Men.
With the instincts of a natural storyteller, Cryer charts his extraordinary journey in show business, illuminating his many triumphs and some missteps along the way. Filled with exclusive behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Cryer offers his own endearing perspective on Hollywood, the business at large, and the art of acting.
Cryer has worked with some of the biggest and most provocative names in the business, and here, for the first time, he details his experiences with Charlie Sheen, John Hughes, Robert Altman, Molly Ringwald, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, and Christopher Reeve, among many others. He shares the intimate details of his friendships and relationships, pays tribute to his mentors, and explores the peculiar combination of heart, talent, and wisdom it takes to survive not just the bad times in a notoriously fickle industry but even the good times.
In this revealing, humorous, and introspective memoir, Cryer offers listeners a front-row seat as he reminisces about his life and experiences in showbiz over the past 30 years.
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So much more than just TWO AND A HALF MEN!!!
- Dea Lyn "Dea Lyn"
Who knew Jon Cryer was so interesting?
Yes, definitely! This may be the best audiobook I've ever listened to, his performance is funny and compelling and well edited all the way through. I would definitely listen to it again, for that reason alone. The content was very surprising, a little self-selfing; but his performance was better.
Jon Cryer talking about briefly dating a coked out young Demi Moore, who occasionally drove with an open beer in her hand. Also, obviously, the #WINNING era Charlie Sheen years. But his own childhood and life experiences in New York might be better than any name dropping he could do.
He really committed, speaking evenly, with excellent enunciation, a few funny impressions, including a brief Brando, and just a general gusto for his story that enriched my interest and my opinion of him as a performer.
"Ducky Did Other Things"
I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Hollywood and show business. anyone who has an appreciation for stage and musical theater, or who has done it themselves will really enjoy Cryer's perspective. 10/10
- Kiana Parsons