The erstwhile geek of teen romps “Pretty in Pink” and “Hiding Out” is back.
John Cryer is busy with two just-wrapped pix and is set to step in front of a live London comedy audience this spring.
In the Showtime feature “Heads,” Cryer plays a dogged, yet totally inept newspaper reporter trying to solve the mystery of why the good denizens of the small town are getting their heads lopped off by a mystery assailant. Ed Asner co-stars as Cryer’s editor.
Cryer calls the pic “a comedy about a town full of very strange people, with a really nice twist at the end.” Cryer homed in on the project a few years ago “when nobody wanted to do it,” then showed it to Showtime production supremo Steve Hewitt, who gave it the greenlight.
The film, which just wrapped in Winnipeg for Canadian helmer Paul Shapiro (“The Lotus Eaters”), will air in January.
Cryer also stars in the flipside comedy “The Waiter” for writer/director Doug Allen (“The Pitch”). In a twist on the actor/waiter life sentence for most star-struck twentysomethings, Cryer stars as a kid who wants to move to Hollywood and become a waiter, and who is only narrowly saved from the terrible fate of becoming an actor instead.
His nemesis, played by David Schwimmer, disappears in a cloud of fame while Cryer happily pours from the right and serves from the left. So far without distribution, “Waiter” is still being edited.
Cryer is also working with “The Larry Sanders Show” creator Denis Klein on an untitled satire about the growing infomercial empire, focusing on “one of these self-help guys who sell you everything but have no clue how to live their life.” Though no deal is set, HBO looks like the front-runner for this comedy.
In March, Cryer will wing to London to star in the comedy “900 Oneonta” for a four-week run at the Lyric Hammersmith Theater. Written by David Beard (Fox TV’s “Key West”), the show is about a dying Dixie patriarch unable to dispose of his vast wealth because his relatives are twits, most aggressively displayed by Cryer’s character, the greedy ne’er-do-well Gitlow Ferguson.
Further away is “The Pompitus of Love,” a project Cryer is developing with friends. The film, whose title is taken from a Steve Miller Band song, is about four guys who initially try to decipher what a pompitus is and end up realizing the meaning of relationships.
Cryer is represented by manager Martin Tudor and United Talent Agency’s Wendy Murphy.