Angus T. Jones: 'Two and a Half Men' is 'filth' (Video)
Angus T. Jones, the 19-year-old actor who has played Jake on the CBS comedy series "Two and a Half Men" since he was a child, says in a video interview posted on a Christian website called the Forerunner Chronicles that the show is "filth" and that he doesn't want to be on it anymore.
Reps for CBS and the sitcom's production company Warner Bros. Television have declined to comment about the footage of Jones' religious testimony, which spans about 30 minutes in two separate videos.
"Jake from 'Two and a Half Men' means nothing," Jones says in the video. "He is a non-existent character. 'Two and a Half Men ... 'If you watch Two and a half men, please stop watching 'Two and a Half Men.' I'm on 'Two and a Half Men. I don't want to be on it. Please stop watching it. Please top filling your head with filth. Please."
UPDATE on November 27: Angus T. Jones has issued a statement of apology. Check it out here.
Jones' comments were made 20 months after longtime "Two and a Half men" cast member Charlie Sheen underwent a public meltdown and got fired from the popular series, which saw him play a womanizing bachelor. He was replaced by Ashton Kutcher in 2011. Jon Cryer, who plays Sheen's character's brother, remains on the series, which like many primetime sitcoms, often features sexual innuendo.
This past May, before the debut of season 10 in the fall, Jones was given a raise and now makes $350,000 per episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This past season saw Jake getting cozy with guest star Miley Cyrus.
"People say it's just entertainment," Jones says in the video. "The fact that it's entertainment ... do some research on the effects of television and your brain and I promise you you'll have a decision to make when it comes to television and especially with what you watch on the television. It's bad news. It's bad news. So that's coming."
"I don't know if it means any more coming from me, but you might not have heard it otherwise," he says. "So just watch out. Watch out, 'cause a lot of people don't like to think about how deceptive the enemy is."
On his 19th birthday on October 18, Jones appeared at the Adventist Media Center in Los Angeles to give a testimony about his life, during which he revealed he never drank or had sex, explained how he became more religious.
"I'm an normal human and it's very weird being on a television show, especially now that I'm trying to walk with God because my television show had nothing to do with God and doesn't want anything to do with God and so it's a ... strange position I'm put in and I'm under contract for another year, so it's not too much of a decision on my part -- I can just be like, 'Okay guys, I can't do this anymore.' So I know God has me there or a reason for another year."
After the event, he recorded the 30-minute video, which was posted online on November 25."GOD IS THE REASON FOR ALL THIS"
Jones begins his recorded testimony talking about how he became an actor. He says he was born in Austin Texas and that his family moved him to California, where at one point, his mom "just decided, 'Hey let's try doing the acting thing."
He was cast in commercials and was cast on "Two and a Half Men" when he was nine years old. He attended Christian schools but his family was not overly religious and rarely went to church. In high school, when he was about 16, his cousin taught him how to smoke pot. In the summer before his senior year, he started experimenting with acid.
Like many of his peers, he hung out with friends and played videogames. When he started to become famous, he began to go charity work, but felt disconnected from it.
"I did kind of stereotypical celebrity 'Throw some money at a cause and they give you some kind of recognition,'" he says in the video. "I did some stuff for St. Jude's Children's Hospital and things like that but it never really felt important to me ... it was always one of those things that was almost a little bit foreign to me."
In late December 2011, during the winter hiatus of Kutcher's first season of "Two and a Half Men," Jones and a friend became to talk about business ideas. He then had a religious epiphany.
"I had said that God's definitely a part of this and I was kind of hit where ... no God IS, God is the center of all this, God is the reason for all this," he says in the video. "Right when I had said that, I just had this feeling just of warmth, acceptance, love ... the best way I can describe it is being hugged by your most favorite person ever but they're able to hug every single part of your being. I sat there and I told him, 'Wow, I feel like I just accepted God in my life.'"
Jones says he then decided that he wanted to use his celebrity status to try to make "God appealing to people." A month later, during another conversation with another friend, he pondered whether he should continue to work on "Two and a Half Men." The person said he should, because of the money.
Jones then started to look for a new church to go to and found a Seventh-day Adventist Church he liked that had "an all black congregation," adding: "I guess you could say I was looking for a black gospel theme. I dunno, I like black people. And ... I'm not afraid to say it."
Jones says he later took an "all inclusive evangelism class" and now observes the Sabbath.
"Let Christ work in your life and try and be a filter for his love," Jones says. "If I'm not doing his work, I don't want ... I might as well just die now. God can take me now. If I'm not doing ... if I'm doing more harm than good, or if I'm doing any harm, I don't want to be here. I don't want to contribute to the enemy's plan."
"If we're lukewarm, if we're behaving like the ... it's gonna cause a lot more harm," he adds. "Because people will see us and be like, 'Oh, I can be a Christian and be on a show like 'Two and a Half Men.' You can't, you cannot be a true God-fearing person and be like a television show like that. I know I can't. I'm not okay with what I'm learning, what the Bible says, and being on that television show. You go all or nothing."