Is Angus T. Jones the new Charlie Sheen?
The 19-year-old actor isn’t spewing nonsense about tiger blood and winning. But Jones is biting the hand that feeds him in a very public way by urging Two and a Half Men viewers to stop watching the CBS comedy hit that he’s appeared on for ten years – and calling the program “filth.”
A video in which Jones laments his involvement in the sitcom appeared on YouTube today. The clip is the second part of a religious testimony Jones gave to Chris “The Forerunner” Hudson, a conspiracy theorist who believes President Obama’s reelection is a sign that the End of Days is near. After describing his religious awakening, Jones takes aim at the series that made him famous.
“Jake from Two and a Half Men means nothing,” Angus says. “He is [a] non-existent character.”
The former child star, whose Men character recently romanced Miley Cyrus onscreen, then sighs and brings his forehead to his hand. “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, and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth. Please.”
Angus, who’s reportedly paid $300,000 per episode, goes on to advise viewers to “do some research on the effect of television on your brain,” and apparently compares TV – if not Two and a Half Men itself – to Satan. “A lot of people don’t like to think about how deceptive the enemy is,” he says. “He’s been doing this for a lot longer than any of us have been around. There’s no playing around when it comes to eternity.”
Warner Bros. TV – which produces Two and a Half Men – and CBS have no comment. (For more on whether this breaches his contract, click here). The video is bound to draw comparisons to Sheen’s very public meltdown two years ago, which resulted in an epic headache for the network and studio – and ended with Sheen being fired and replaced by Ashton Kutcher. But while Sheen’s rants were fueled by a volatile mix of drugs and ego, Jones’ comments come from the opposite end of the protest spectrum. It arguably puts CBS and Warner Bros. in a tougher position when an actor bashes his show due to religious conviction rather than wild hedonism.
Jones, along with his costars Kutcher and Jon Cryer, signed a deal to stay with Two and a Half Men for one more year last May, ensuring that the sitcom would return for its 10th (and possibly final) season.
Here’s the clip; skip to the 7:37 mark to see Jones bash Men: