First Charlie Sheen, now Angus T. Jones: the Two and a Half Men casting directors sure know how to pick some rather outspoken actors. While both sitcom stars have criticized the CBS series, Jones has taken a decidedly different — and more pious — approach to his condemnation of his high-paying day job. The 19-year-old actor, known for his role as Jake (or the titular “half”), has slammed the show as “filth” and advised viewers to stop watching it in a video interview with the Forerunner Chronicles, a Seventh-day Adventist organization.
In the 15-minute video, which made the Web rounds yesterday, Jones describes his recent religious “awakening” and his quest to find the right church. Although he’s worked on Two and a Half Men since its 2003 premiere, Jones says he believes “you cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that.” Referring to Satan, apparently, as the “enemy,” the actor says he does not “want to contribute to the enemy’s plan.” In fact, he says, he “might as well die now” if he’s “doing more harm than good” and not performing what he calls God’s work.
Is Jones just begging to be fired? Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men’s controversial former star, was infamously dismissed from the popular show early last year in part for his denigrating rants against its creator and executive producer, Chuck Lorre. Lorre has yet to make a statement about Jones’ outburst, but Entertainment Weekly notes that most Hollywood contracts include disparagement clauses that prohibit stars from publicly criticizing their show. Still, EW predicts it is unlikely Jones will be fired, as studios rarely enforce the disparagement rules and Jones plays a crucial role on television’s third most-watched comedy. Jones, who rankedas TV’s highest paid child actor before he turned 18, has renewed his contract for the current season. In another interview with the Seventh-day broadcast Voice of the Prophecy, Jones says he has no choice but to complete his contract but he thinks there is a divine “reason” for him to be on the show.
Even if Lorre doesn’t openly shame his young star, Jones’ mother has made it clear she is less than impressed by the Forerunner Chronicles’ video. In a brief statement to MailOnline, Carey Jones, 42, said she is worried about her son’s involvement with the group.
“I’m concerned he’s being exploited by the church,” the statement read.