"Jake from Two and a Half Men means nothing. He is a nonexistent character...," Angus T. Jones says, starting around the 7:35 mark in the the video above. "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. Please stop watching it; stop filling your head with filth."
Bold remarks coming from a 10-year veteran of one of TV's most successful comedies.
But it's not the first time a Two and a Half Men star has reconsidered his role in the program — and life for that matter.
Charlie Sheen may have cleared the way for the 19-year-old Jones' exit, but it's safe to say the dismissals are on slightly different terms.
Jones may not explicitly attest to divine intervention — the overbearing voices and prophecies that birth skepticism among the masses — but some deep reflection on his influence and impact as Jake on the show has led to an intervention of divine magnitude, nonetheless.
Just look at the numbers: Jones earns a reported $350,000 per episode... errr, earned, perhaps.
The video above was mostly shot in his production trailer and was posted by Forerunner Christian Church. However, CBS has yet to make a move.
But it appears Jones is walking away.
Most times, that means you're walking toward something else.
In this case, it appears Jones has his sights set on God.
Now (and this is where my editorial commentary and privilege comes into play as I interject personal opinion), I'm not saying you have to agree or disagree with the message as a whole and proclaim an immediate stance on faith, but anyone humble enough to face his own convinctions and take a stand with that much on the line grabs my attention and demands more investigation.
I suppose the stakes put that much more legitimacy in the claims.
So why is he done?
Jones talks about his youth, growing up in a "Christian" environment and testing the boundaries with drug use, fame and fortune, as well as shifting to keeping the Sabbath and recognizing blessings in his life.
The result is a brand-new perspective that has him denouncing his involvement in a television "legacy," if you will, and reconsidering the effects of his portrayal of Jake.
"If I'm doing more harm than good, then I don't want to be here, " Jones continued.
We can only assume that the racy and somewhat perverse nature of the show is the "harm" to which he's alluding.
Is this "the Christian thing to do"?
Is he a religious nut?
Who turns down that much cash?
Undoubtedly, this is the angle most news outlets will take on this piece.
I read something recently by Rob Bell: "Christian is a great noun and a poor adjective."
My two cents: If you find the strength to look in the mirror and honestly consider the implications of your life — and whatever higher power may or may not be interested — and change for the better, I believe that deserves respect. It's not an adjective "thing to do."
In other words, don't let the title dilute the act.
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