Chuck Lorre’s vanity cards, which he tends to run during the closing credits of his vast resume of TV shows (“Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mike & Molly”), will now have a life of their own, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Lorre has signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster for a coffee table book — “What Doesn’t Kill Us, Makes Us Bitter” — that will feature the vanity cards. Proceeds will go to charity.
“The book, which will retail for $100, marks the first time Lorre’s vanity cards will be published in a collected edition with the often philosophical musings enhanced with illustrations,” the story reports.
Lorre said of the vanity cards: "It’s just amazing to me that that’s gone on this long."
The often funny, occasionally poignant messages have included, in one case, an apology to his father, the story notes. Said Lorre: "It’s probably way too intimate to have used as a vanity card. It was an apology for being an idiot teenager."
The report adds: “Proceeds from the coffee table book will benefit the Dharma-Grace Foundation — which Lorre established in 1999 to support the Venice Family Clinic, the largest free medical facility in the country.”
Lorre’s vanity cards were in the spotlight last year during a rancorous split between Lorre and his former “Two and a Half Men” star, Charlie Sheen — with Lorre at times using the cards to take digs at Sheen.
The message from one card during that period, which we reported on back in April 2011, can be found here.
Click here to read about another card, from September 2011.