Angus T Jones draws both criticism and praise for sharing faith while slamming show
The entertainment world was shocked late last year when one of Hollywood's highest paid television actors publicly criticised the show that he starred on, saying he had given his life to Jesus.
Angus T Jones, of Two and Half Men, gave his testimony in a YouTube video that quickly went viral, claiming that the show was “filth” and that people should stop watching it.
“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,” Jones says in the interview with a self-described literature evangelist, Christopher Hudson (of the Forerunner Chronicles).
Jones, the “half” man that the shows title refers to, has been one of the top-rating comedy shows since it began airing in 2003, when he was nine years of age. He is now nineteen and, while contracted to the show for another year, has not said whether he will continue there.
Jones plays the son of Alan (Jon Cryer) and nephew of Charlie, who was played by Charlie Sheen until his fall from grace in 2011 saw him removed from the show. Many have compared Jones declaration to be a similar situation, with even Sheen seeing it as unusual.
However, unlike Sheens well known battles with alcohol and drugs, the outbursts against show creator Chuck Lorre that led some to label him anti-semitic, Jones told Hudson that his foray into drugs was halted when he came to the realisation that the God that he had learnt about at his Christian school needed to be central in his life.
When talking to a friend about a business plan, he says, “Id said, God is definitely going to be a part of this, and then it kind of hit me... no, God is the centre of all this... and right when I had said that I just had this feeling of warmth, acceptance and love.”
Interestingly, a 2011 article from Hollywood Reporter quotes Lorre as saying that Two and a Half Men was “about how a child might be a positive influence on the life of a degenerate.” Though the wider public, and show officials, seem to think Jones has been influenced in the direction of Sheen, perhaps he is instead living up to his characters brief.
Jones joined a church near his home in California and is undertaking bible studies and evangelism training courses at the church before going to college.
“I feel though that I am now on a crash course,” Jones told Christianity Today.
“I have been missing out and don't want to waste any more time. I feel so driven. All the other stuff is going to fade away.
What is going to last for eternity is where we stand with him. It really is the only work in life.”
There have been mixed reactions to Jones declaration of faith, particularly because of his association with Hudson, who is known to have radical views and often talks about the end of the world.
Jones has been criticised for the way in which he decried Two and a Half Men, given he still works for the network, although soon after his initial testimony aired he apologised for any offence caused.
“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 with over the past ten years who have become an extension of my family,” Jones said in a statement to US Weekly.
Still, many Christian publications have spoken in praise of Jones decision to speak out against a show that is deliberately controversial and for sharing his faith in an environment that does not encourage discussion about Jesus.