Young actor Angus Jones plays the half a man on CBS' hit comedy "Two and a Half Men." It's a pretty bawdy show, and it's had its share of troubles (Google "Charlie Sheen drugs" for the full-on lurid background) but for the past year or so, with new co-star Ashton Kutcher, it's been quietly successful.
Too quiet, as it turns out. The young co-star Jones recently discovered a) God and b) just how bawdy his own show is. Which has led to this, from Boston.com:
Jones, 19, has been on the show, which used to feature bad-boy actor Charlie Sheen and remains heavy with sexual innuendo, since he was 10 but says in a video posted online by a Christian church that he doesn’t want to be on it anymore.
‘‘Please stop watching it,’’ Jones said. ‘‘Please stop filling your head with filth.’’
In a radio broadcast, ‘‘The Voice of Prophecy,’’ recorded for the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Jones’ birthday in October, he described his religious path. He has been attending a Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Los Angeles area.
Jones said he felt drawn to God after a tough time in his life when his parents were going through a divorce and he experimented with drugs.
‘‘I never drank,’’ he said. ‘‘That was one thing God protected me from, and I'm still a virgin. God protected me from those things.’’
Jones said that ‘‘it’s very weird that I'm on a television show, especially now that I am trying to walk with God. My television show has nothing to do with God and doesn’t want anything to do with God.’’
Part of me sympathizes with the young man. You only really have one conscience, and one moral compass. It can't be easy to spend your day doing something that directly contradicts it.
Of course, there are compensations to creating "filth:"
Jones said that he had no plans to get out of his contract, which reportedly pays him $350,000 an episode.
I can't decide what to think of this. Part of me, as I said, sympathizes with the young man. But the bigger part of me, the television producer part of me, wants to slap the kid silly and tell him to shut up and read his lines.