Remember Angus T. Jones, onetime highest paid kid actor on television, thanks to Two and a Half Men? The guy who made headlines for behaving even more crazily than Charlie Sheen when he appeared in a Forerunner Christian Church video and asked viewers to boycott his show in order to "stop filling your head with filth"? That was in November of 2012, and if you're wondering if he's had a change of heart since then, the answer is a resounding no.
Jones, who no longer resembles his Two and a Half Men character in the slightest, has once again discussed his former show in an interview with Houston TV station KHOU. According to Jones, he was a "paid hypocrite" back in the day -- although notably, he doesn't mention what he did with the $350,000 per episode he reportedly earned.
After Jones' public rant against Two and a Half Men ("You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on 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"), CBS wasted no time downgrading him to recurring status for season 11. He wasn't exactly fired, but neither has he appeared in any new episodes of the show in 2013-2014.
He's now 20 years old, and it's pretty clear he had a publicist managing his apologies back in 2012. Here's the statement Jones issued at the time:
I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed. Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on Two and Half Men with whom I have worked and over the past ten years who have become an extension of my family. Chuck Lorre, Peter Roth and many others at Warner Bros. and CBS are responsible for what has been one of the most significant experiences in my life to date. I thank them for the opportunity they have given and continue to give me and the help and guidance I have and expect to continue to receive from them.
Now he says of his feelings about bashing Chuck Lorre's show,
That's his, like, baby, and I just totally insulted his baby and to that degree I am apologetic, but otherwise I don't regret saying what I said.
He also says he's sticking by his criticism of Two and a Half Men:
It was making light of topics in our world that are really problems for a lot of people, and I was a paid hypocrite because I wasn't okay with it, but I was still doing it.
As for his future career opportunities, Jones wouldn't mind continuing acting, but in a different capacity:
I really want to come into the light because I know that is where the healing is and I’ve seen God do amazing things. There’s a few different productions that like do kind of Bible-based stories. Stuff like that.
Here's the clip:
I would never dismiss his passionate faith, however difficult I may find it to understand on a personal basis. But I also can't respect the way he engineered his departure from the show. He didn't choose to leave, he insulted it and asked for a boycott while he was still part of the cast -- and then he backtracked with an apology that was obviously completely insincere. I mean, really, which is it: was he grateful for the help and guidance and experiences and opportunities? Or was he suffering over the tragic spiritual hypocrisy of pocketing over a million dollars every three episodes?
Also, I realize Leviticus says, "You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard," but damn, that thing is unpleasant-looking.
What's your take on Jones these days?
Image via KHOU