Angus T. Jones, aka the half man of "Two and a Half Men," is causing his friends and family quite a bit of concern. Jones was spotted looking like a much scruffier version of his character Jake Harper, reportedly as an effort to break with the image the show projected of him.
“He seems to be a shadow of himself and desperate to get away from the looks that made him a global star and very wealthy,” one of Jones' friends told the New York Daily News. “We are concerned about his health, too. Angus has lost a lot of weight over the summer and looks very skinny compared to how he looked on the show."
“He seems to be suffering some kind of breakdown," another friend added. "He appears in denial about the whole saga. And he just doesn’t want to look like Jake anymore.”
Jones spent over 10 years on the show, and was reportedly earning over $6 million a year by the time he ended his role. Yet, being paid $300,000 per episode didn't seem to affect his loyalty.
In November 2012, Jones took to YouTube with "Seventh-Day Adventist firebrand" Chris Hudson, pleading with viewers to quit tuning in. “Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth,” he begged.
Although Jones later revised the statement and apologized to the creator of "Two And A Half Men," he is clearly still grappling with the effects of the show's legacy.
His motivations, as expressed in the YouTube testimonial, seem to be motivated by religious urges to break with the less-than-moral escapades of "Two And A Half Men."
Jones' parents, Kelly and Carey Jones, have both voiced their worry over his relationship with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The actor is reportedly reconsidering his involvement with the group, as he plans to leave for college this coming fall.
This sad turn of events for Jones harkens back to Charlie Sheen's comment following his now-infamous YouTube video: "I dare anyone to spend 10 years in the laugh-track that is Chuck Lorre's hive of oppression and not suffer some form of an emotional tsunami."
It doesn't seem like anyone is #winning.
Clarification: Language has been amended to reflect that, although the Seventh-Day Adventist Church has stated that Hudson is not a pastor with its organization, he is still active in that community.