What is in store
for the new season?
Besides hilarity? Obviously at the end of last season, things were left
with a bit of a cliffhanger with Alan getting married and moving out of
the house. And you can tell with that marriage that its bound to
go well. (Laughs) I cant imagine that marriage possibly falling
apart quickly, being that hes 40-plus and shes 24 and dumb
as a door. So as you can probably guess, things dont go well in
Alans marriage, and basically the first few episodes of this season
are all about the fallout from that. If you think Alans going to
be out of the house, youre wrong.
My first ex-wife is probably getting married, and of course, I feel the
need to stick my nose in it, which also does not end well. But whats
interesting is that I dont know exactly where the show is going
long-term, because the producers dont tell us. Literally, they give
us the script on Friday night and we do the read-thru on Sunday. We have
a weekend to digest it. Thats as far in advance as we know about
That must be a
Yes. The interesting thing is that to Chuck (Lorre) and Lee (Aronsohn),
who created the show, the amount of time people have the script before
we read through it lowers the number of complaints about the script exponentially,
because we just dont have time to complain. It allows them to have
a clean shot at it on Monday. If it doesnt work on Monday, theyre
the first ones to say "we have to fix this."
Why do you think
the show is so successful?
I think people dont realize its as naughty as it is. People
think, Oh, its just a family show, its got a kid.
Then they watch it and its like, Oh my God, did they just
say that? And they think because were on CBS that were
bound to be tame. And I think for better or worse weve shown them
thats not what were doing. In the first two seasons, demographically,
our show was hugely popular among older people.
Yeah, I was surprised
that my mom watches the show.
Exactly! We had this weird migration all of a sudden in season three,
when all the parents told their kids, Hey, you know whats
a good show?
What do you like
about your character?
I like him because he tries his best to be a good dad. He fails almost
more often than he succeeds, and sometimes his need to be the perfect
dad is the last thing his son wants. I think I like that about him. And
hell take everything to a ridiculous extreme. Hes so repressed.
One minute he can be a funny, interesting guy and then hell just
disappear up his own butt. And its like, Hey, nice knowing
you for that one moment.
Would you change
anything about your character?
Id make him a better dresser. Thats not our costume designers
fault -- she could dress me fantastically. But thats not Alan. But
thats fine. I think my natural model good looks carry me.
Do you and Charlie
ever get together after the show?
We see each other socially occasionally. When he was going through the
first parts of his divorce wed commiserate a lot, but we dont
really hang out much. We love working together, but you kind of go home
to get away from that.
If you could magically
play another character on TV, who would that be?
Wow. Probably Speed Racer, because lets face it, the Mach 5 was
I hear theyre
making a Speed Racer movie.
Yeah, Ive heard that. But Ill believe it when I see it. You
know Ill be first on the list for that role. (Laughs)
How did you spend
your summer vacation?
My girlfriend and I moved in together, which was incredibly stressful.
Not because of anything she did, but because I hate moving with a passion,
even though I did very little actual physical labor. We bought a house
together. Its not fun. But its done. I unpacked the last boxes
a week and a half ago and I was euphoric for two days. People were like,
Whats up with him? But its so nice. I know where
everything is now.
hypothetical question. If you could go back in time and give yourself
advice, what would it be?
I probably would have gone back right after Pretty in Pink
came out and said OK, just a thought. Dont do anymore movies
that sound like they could be titles of gay porn.
I did a movie called Dudes. Also Hot Shots and
Morgan Stewarts Coming Home. I did a bunch of them.
I checked my IMDB page, and its an alarming number.
Have you ever searched
for your name on the Internet?
I havent in a long time. But Ive been known to. Its
nice to know whats going on out there.
Do you have a favorite
moment from the show?
My nervous breakdown last season, when I was bemoaning the fact that Ill
never have time to read all the great books I wanted to read. I was having
a freak out. And Charlie said Well, if you put a few by the toilet
and read one every couple of weeks youll knock a bunch off.
And I said, Theres not enough bowel movements left.