Not very often, but once in a while, a Hollywood actor offers an evaluation of his own work that others can take seriously. Such was the case recently when Angus T. Jones, the nineteen-year-old actor who stars on the raunchy comedy series Two and a Half Men, told an online Christian publication associated with the Seventh Day Adventist denomination that the show he has appeared on for the past ten years is “filth” and that people should not be watching it.
Said Jones in a video interview with Christopher Hudson of the Forerunner Chronicles: “If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching. I’m on Two and a Half Men. I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth.” Jones added that “people say it’s just entertainment.... Do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you you’ll have a decision to make.... It’s bad news.”
Jones, who at $350,000 per episode is considered among highest-paid child stars in television history, has been on Two and a Half Men since the age of nine, playing the son of an angst-filled single dad played by Jon Cryer and the nephew of a carousing, drunken character played by notorious Hollywood “bad boy” Charlie Sheen. The story line for most of the show's ten-year run revolved around the ongoing sexual escapades of Sheen's character (with Cryer's immoral behavior playing a supporting role). Sheen's high-profile feud last year with the show's producers led to his termination from the series, with his character being killed off and replaced by another less-than-admirable Hollywood playboy, Ashton Kutcher — whose character's lecherous behavior rivals Sheen's.
Jones' change of heart over his appearance on the show came as the result of his conversion to Christianity earlier this year. “You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that,” Jones said in the interview. “I know I can’t. I’m not OK with what I’m learning, what the Bible says, and being on that television show.”
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