'Two and a Half Men' Star "High" on Christianity Isn't Unemployed...Yet
Maybe it's the curse of "Two and a Half Men" to have stars rant publicly about their opposition to the show while accepting their hefty paychecks for being on the show. After its former star Charlie Sheen lost his good sense (presumably fueled by drug and alcohol abuse) and lost his job, the show regained footing with a new male lead. But that titular "half man" actor Angus T. Jones, now 19, is "high" on Christianity and it could cost him his job, too.
After a video posted online showed Jones pleading for viewers to stop watching the show because of its "filth," and declaring he wishes he wasn't on the show because it goes against his religious values, things are expected to be pretty tense on set--if Jones shows up, that is.
Jones earns $350,000 per episode, and is under contract. According to TMZ, the actor has not made his sentiments clear to the powers that be behind the show (as in the ones who make sure his checks get signed) and they have not spoken to him about his standing yet.
Should Jones decline to show up to work today, TMZ speculates "his absence could be the first step toward the door."
Comparisons abound to 80s and 90s teen TV star Kirk Cameron, who famously went on after years as Mike Seaver on "Growing Pains" to take roles that expressed his Christian beliefs. In contrast, however, the raciest thing about the family-friendly (though often issue-oriented) "Growing Pains" was the fact that Mike's best pal was named Boner, so Cameron would have had little to object to compared to the contemporary comedy sleaze of "Two and a Half Men."