Everything We Know So Far About Angus T. Jones, His Newfound Religion and That Two and a Half Men Slam

Like Charlie Sheen before him, actor exhibited recent signs of being unhappy on hit CBS show

By Rebecca Macatee Nov 28, 2012 3:00 AMTags
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Angus T. Jones is more than just the titular half-man from Two and a Half Men.

The 19-year-old actor pulled a Charlie Sheen Monday and denounced the CBS comedy that's made him millions. Only unlike the Winning One, Jones dissed the show in the name of Jesus.

To help you figure out where things stand, we broke down everything we know so far about Angus T. Jones and his biting-the-hand-that-feeds-him rant.


He's Been in Show Business Most of His Life: Jones moved from Austin, Texas, to California when he was just 4. At his mother's urging, he "did the acting thing" and started auditioning for commercials. "It was one of those things that was totally random," he said in his Forerunner Chronicles YouTube testimonial. "It wasn't anything that I was like, 'I wanted to be an actor.' I was 4 1/2. I didn't know anything [I wanted]." From there, he landed "the first few commercials I auditioned for" and then transitioned into movies and at age 9, he was offered the job on Two and a Half Men.

So He's a Multimillionaire: Jones makes a reported $350,000 per episode of Two and a Half Men. That totals out to around $8 million per year. Not bad for a 19-year-old.

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He Has Had Real-Life Family Drama: While certainly not as scandalous as his Men character's Uncle Charlie, Jones' offscreen parents have had their share of run-ins with the law. Kelly and Carey Jones have kept a low profile since their son stepped into the spotlight, but in 1997, the actor's mom had his father arrested for assault. The charge was later dropped, but Kelly was ordered to complete an antiviolence class. Carey was arrested the same year on a burglary charge which was later dismissed "pending further investigation."

But His Two and a Half Men Family Adore Him: In a 2009 behind-the-scenes clip, Jon Cryer praised Jones, saying he "hasn't seemed to let [fame] get to him" and that he still "seems like a total sweetheart." Holland Taylor, who plays Jones' grandmother on the show, said that "unlike Jake, [Angus] is very smart."

Miley Cyrus Liked Him, Too: The former Hannah Montana star had a two-episode arc on the show playing Jones' love interest. And while she was a bit apprehensive about their love scenes, she was pleasantly surprised. "I pictured [Jones] being a little 8-year-old," she said on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. "But he was coming back from the military in the episode and he was...putting on a suit, had a shaved head—he looked good!"

Still, He Hasn't Been Happy Lately: Back in October, Jones didn't seem too thrilled with Jake's reduced screen time this season due to Jake's Army stint. "My character does Skype calls," he told E! News. "He only does one-scene Skype calls, and like that's one reason it was awesome having Miley [Cyrus] on the show, because they actually brought my character out of the computer and into the actual set again." He added that his work on the show was "easy, but it's boring."

And His Church Has Some Very Controversial Viewpoints: Christopher Hudson, the extreme evangelical acting as Jones' spiritual guide, has compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and has posted several videos accusing Jay-Z, Rihanna and other celebrities of being part of a secret conspiracy known as the Illuminati. Jones' mother was quoted in the U.K.'s Daily Mail as saying she feared he was "being exploited" by the church.

His Fate Is Unknown: Sheen maintains that the show is "cursed," but CBS and show producer Warner Bros. have yet to comment on Jones' tirade. Sources tell E! News that "blindsided" execs are scrambling to figure out how to proceed post-rant. Jones' contract runs through this season.

But Maybe a Drastic Decision Won't Be Necessary: Jones issued a statement Tuesday apologizing for any "misstatement or misunderstanding" that may have arisen when he said in a religious-themed video that people shouldn't watch his show. "Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on Two and Half Men...Chuck LorrePeter 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."

—Reporting by Melanie Bromley, Sharareh Drury and Baker Machado

(Originally published Nov. 27, 2012, at 1:21 p.m. PT)