So That Happened

So That Happened

My Unexpected Life in Hollywood

eBook - 2015
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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 readers a front-row seat as he reminisces about his life and experiences in showbiz over the past thirty years.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2015.
ISBN: 9780698180741
0698180747
0451472357
9780451472359
Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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soccerkid89
Nov 21, 2017

I really enjoyed reading this book because it talks about Jon Cryer's entire life. From growing up in the acting business being at stagedoor, doing movies, doing Two and a Half men, living in New York, moving to Los Angeles, meeting the love of his life Lisa Joyner, and finally becoming the actor that he is today. This book just happens to be a very enjoyable book to read because it is an auto biography book that talks about a celebrity's entire life on how they got started and how he became the person that he is today. Plus winning over America as Molly Ringwald's loyal and lovable best friend, Duckie, in the cult classic Pretty in Pink, a role that set the tone for his three-decade-long career in Hollywood. He also offers his own endearing perspective on Hollywood, the business at large, and the art of acting.

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EKovacs
Oct 12, 2017

This was a quick and fun read for me. I found some of the tangents humorous. The stories of the various artist he met, worked with and spoke with were quite interesting. The ability to put aside ego and realize that actors that were chosen for parts he did not get and how that made whichever show great was nice to see.
I read the eBook and some of the chapters pertaining to Charlie Sheen were cut off in mid-sentence near the end of the chapter. Not sure if this was for legal reasons or just a fluke of eBook versus hard copy. In any case I did not miss the intention not the sadness in having to deal with someone with addiction issues.

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smichal
Feb 08, 2017

somehow unreadable. I really wanted to read it but I couldn't slog thru the writing. This is the first time I've given up on an autobiography.

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mdjamali
Oct 17, 2016

I am a huge John Cryer fan and was curious to get behind the scenes info, which he provided, but I had to sort through a lot of his tangents to get there. I gave up after 3 chapters. He does offer great stories but the long, winding road to get there proved cumbersome for me.

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britprincess1ajax
May 27, 2016

Jon Cryer's memoir, SO THAT HAPPENED, is full of anecdotes, funny little stories from different stages of his life. I enjoyed quite a few laughs, but more importantly, I learned something. It's not just salacious gossip about Hollywood denizens (although you do learn a few juicy factoids here and there) or retellings of events from his vantage point. It's just a fun recap of his life, from toddler to today, and it's written so honestly, conveying the emotions he experienced, that you feel closer to Jon. I really find it superbly written, especially considering Jon is not a writer by profession. It walks that tightrope between laugh riot and sincere feelings. I highly recommend it.

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VALENCIA ALONZO
Aug 18, 2015

Absolutely fantastic and funny novel. Mr. Cryer holds nothing back on the story of his life so far. The incident with his ex costar Charlie Sheen is a painful one to read and will make watching Two and a half men in a whole new way. I enjoyed reading about the various movies he made especially Pretty in Pink and the roles he did not get. Highly recomended!

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britprincess1ajax
May 27, 2016

(discussing his follow-up roles after he broke out as Duckie)
"One of those movies was going to be a dark indie that would show my edgy side and please critics, the second movie was going to be a big, effects-laden summer blockbuster hit that would please the masses, and the third was going to return me to the high school comedy setting that would please the fans who loved me as Duckie. Because, you know, I give back, too. Instead, I made one movie that no one saw, then a second movie that no one saw, and then a third movie that no one saw. I wish I'd made SAW. People saw SAW. They didn't see what I made. Which wasn't MADE, incidentally. That was a Jon Favreau movie. One that I'm pretty sure no one saw, either."

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britprincess1ajax
May 27, 2016

"Boy, you think you know a film you starred in when you were twenty."

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