How Angus T. Jones won his 'Two and a Half Men' role
Angus T. Jones, the half-man from "Two and a Half Men," bit the hand that feeds him recently, when a video surfaced of Jones speaking ill of his sitcom.
"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," Jones said. "Please stop watching it; stop filling your head with filth. Please."
Bold words, especially from a guy who reportedly earns more than $300,000 per episode. Jones began working on the hugely successful sitcom when he was just 10 years old. He earned an audition after producer-creator Chuck Lorrie saw him in the Dennis Quaid baseball flick "The Rookie." According to TV Guide he was cast immediately following his audition. His IMDb trivia section quotes him as saying, "It was great not having to have the anticipation of a phone call." His other films include "Bringing Down the House" in which he acted opposite Steve Martin, and "See Spot Run" with David Arquette.
FILE - In this March 12, 2012 file photo, actor Angus T. Jones arrives at the Paleyfest panel discussion of the television series "Two and a Half Men" in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jones, the teenage actor who plays the half in the hit CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men" says it's "filth" and through a video posted by a Christian church has urged viewers not to watch it. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)
While Jones's video came as a surprise to many, there were hints that he wasn't too fond of the show's subject matter. In 2009, co-star Jon Cryer spoke with the Los Angeles Times about the show's success. Of Jones, he remarked, "Angus has never expressed curiosity to me about the many jokes we've made that are clearly off color... At one point I asked him if he wanted to know and he said no. He doesn't bring it up with me. He's not like a lot of boys."
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In an interview on the red carpet back in 2011, when rumors were flying that the show might go off the air due to Charlie Sheen's behavior, Jones was pretty "meh" on what might happen. "If the show doesn't come back at all, that's how it goes. I'm OK with it either way right now. If I don't work next year, I get to have my first year -- my first school year -- uninterrupted by work."
Time will tell if show producers end up giving Jones his wish. He won't have to immediately face producers. A source told AP that Jones wasn't expected to attend Tuesday's rehearsal because his character wasn't in the episode. Charlie Sheen recently spoke to People magazine about Jones's behavior. "With Angus's Hale-Bopp-like meltdown, it is radically clear to me that the show is cursed," Sheen said.