He's the highest-paid teenage actor on TV, but Two and a Half Men star Angus T. Jones can't wait to quit his day job. In a surprising new video, the 19-year-old actor describes his conversion to Christianity -- and urges fans to stop watching his show so that he can move on to more godly pursuits. (Watch part of the interview streamed from the Forerunner Chronicles site below; Jones starts talking about Two and a Half Men at 7:42.)
"If you watch Two and Half Men, please stop watching Two and Half Men," Jones instructs viewers of his YouTube video. "I'm on Two and Half Men and I don't want to be on it. Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth. Please."
That's right, Jones totally calls his own show "filth." According to the teen star, who says he was using drugs and leading a superficial life before he was saved, the CBS comedy is literally doing the work of the devil.
"People say it's just entertainment. Do some research on the effects of television in your brain and I promise you, you'll have a decision to make when it comes to ... what you watch on television," says Jones. "It's bad news... A lot of people don't like to think about how deceptive the enemy is. 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."
Not only does the actor want to quit Two and a Half Men, but he says he "might as well just die now" if he's not doing God's work. "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," he says.
What about continuing the show and being a Christian at the same time? Jones says he's thought about it, and it just won't work. "People will see us and be like, '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 on a television show like that. I know I can't," he declares. "I'm not okay with what I'm learning [about] what the Bible says and being on that television show. You go all or nothing."
Well, we know that you can get yourself fired from Two and a Half Men by pulling a Charlie Sheen and going crazy. But can you bow out of the show on religious grounds? It sounds like Jones is locked into a contract and he's looking for an escape route. It will be interesting to see if producer Chuck Lorre will grant Jones' request -- and leave only one of the original two-and-a-half men standing. For now, a rep for CBS says that the network is "declining comment."