TVGuide.com recently conducted an interview with AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler about his upcoming appearance on CBS' "Two and a Half Men" as Charlie Sheen's hard-partying, hard-rocking neighbor. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
TV Guide: Why did you do "Men"?
Steven Tyler: I get hit up for a lot of these shows — [I guess] they want a piece of me as long as I am still walking around coherent — so I can pick my poison. Playing along with Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer and the fat kid [Angus T. Jones] was fun.
TV Guide: Tell us about what you're doing in the episode.
Tyler: I am off camera for much of it, so I sit next to an open microphone and play my music, simulate sex, pop tops, open the refrigerator [a lot].... The actual houses down there in Malibu Colony are beyond next door to each other, so I just did everything — including making references to Pamela Anderson. It is so perfect for me to live next door. Charlie is up [late one night] trying to put this [ad jingle] rhyme together, and I start making fun of him. He says, "Shut the hell up, Tyler." He tries to beat me up, I beat him up.... It is a real moment, it works very well. On another night, Charlie is out there knitting, and I beat him up [to the point where he winds up in] a neck brace. It's just too good to be true.
TV Guide: How did you and Charlie get along?
Tyler: He is a very funny guy. We had a blast. I asked him a couple of questions about his ex-wife [Denise Richards], and he promptly introduced me to his new girlfriend [actress/real-estate agent Brooke Mueller]. It was like a family. When we were doing the jokes, the writing was so good that when we were done with the skit, people were breaking up all over the place, dropping and dying. I had such a good time, it made me think of changing careers. When I go on the set with [film-star daughter Liv Tyler], I say, "How did you memorize all that? You said your lines were just typed out, and in five minutes you knew them. How did you do it?" Me, I took it step by step. I wasn't very good. But I did it.
Read the entire interview at www.tvguide.com.
The episode of "Two and a Half Men" featuring Steven Tyler will air this Monday, September 25 at 9:00 p.m. This is the second time Tyler will appear on the show, having done a voice-over as himself in 2003.
Tyler continues to establish himself as a film/TV presence after having already starred in an array of classic AEROSMITH videos (such as "Crazy", "Walk This Way", "Janie's Got A Gun", "Living On The Edge" and "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing") that have been regarded as mini-movies. Tyler recently appeared in both the 2004 holiday blockbuster "The Polar Express" — as an animated version of himself — and in 2005's "Be Cool", alongside John Travolta and Uma Thurman. Tyler's acting credits also include "Goodnight", "Joseph Parker" and "Clubland".
In addition to his film roles, Tyler has had many guest spots on television shows such as "Lizzie McGuire", "Saturday Night Live" and "The Simpsons". He has also appeared in ads for The Gap and "Got Milk" and the popular Sony camera spot.
AEROSMITH's songs have also been featured in numerous films including "Armageddon", "Airheads", "Charlie's Angels", "Dazed and Confused", "Last Action Hero", "Light of Day", "The Lost Boys", "Not Another Teen Movie", "Rugrats Go Wild!", "Starsky & Hutch", "Wayne's World 2" and "Mrs. Doubtfire".
"The Two And A Half Men" episode, titled "Who's Vod Kanockers", was directed by Gary Halvorson from a story by Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn, two of the series' executive producers, and a teleplay by Don Foster, Susan Beavers and Eddie Gorodetsky. The episode revolves around Sheen's character's brother Alan (played by Cryer), who feels guilty when he learns that Charlie and girlfriend Mia didn't tie the knot because she had wanted him and Alan's son Jake to move out. Meanwhile, Charlie and his rock star neighbor don't get along.
"Two and Half Men" is a comedy about men, women, sex, dating, divorce, mothers, single parenthood, sibling relations, surrogate families, money and, most importantly, love. More specifically, it's about the lives of two brothers, one brother's son, and the many women who surround them.