On Monday, a religious video featuring Two and a Half Men star Angus T. Jones was released online. In it, the (now adult) actor referred to the show as 'filth' and told people to stop watching. At first, everyone, including Jones, remained silent on the matter. Now, Jones has released a statement, apologizing to his co-workers for his comments. And because you know you want hear it, Charlie Sheen also stepped in to give his thoughts about his former co-star's statements.
However, if we're all being honest honest here, this entire thing is being blown out of proportion - but we'll get to that later. First, the apology.
In a statement released to Deadline (below), Jones doesn't attempt to explain the comments that he made, although he does make sure to apologize to his co-workers for giving the appearance that he doesn't appreciate them:
I have been the subject of much discussion, speculation and commentary over the past 24 hours. While I cannot address everything that has been said or right every misstatement or misunderstanding, there is one thing I want to make clear.
Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on Two and Half Men with whom I have worked over the past ten years and who have become an extension of my family.
Chuck Lorre, Peter Roth and many others at Warner Bros. and CBS are responsible for what has been one of the most significant experiences in my life to date. I thank them for the opportunity they have given and continue to give me and the help and guidance I have and expect to continue to receive from them.
I also want all of the crew and cast on our show to know how much I personally care for them and appreciate their support, guidance and love over the years. I grew up around them and know that the time they spent with me was in many instances more than with their own families. I learned life lessons from so many of them and will never forget how much positive impact they have had on my life.
I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed. I never intended that.
While some fans may complain that Jones didn't actually apologize for the comments he made, Jones' statement essentially contains everything that he actually needs to apologize for - and nothing more. Although Jones may have criticized the content of Two and a Half Men, calling it "filth," it appears the actor realized that his comments, though clearly defining his feelings towards the show, were inappropriate to make in such a public manner, catching his co-workers off-guard.
Even though the show Two and a Half Men has been at the center of recent displays of actor unhappiness, it's not the first show to have an unhappy actor – you just don't hear about. In fact, it's not even the only show on the air that has had to deal with it.
While any small issue could be made into something serious, these are the most common issues actors have: their role (and its size), the content/quality of the show (and their control over it), and their co-workers. The latter of which often occurs over time, though it has been known to happen from the start. Numb3rs star David Krumholtz revealed on Kevin Pollak's Chat Show (Link) that he and co-star Rob Morrow weren't exactly enjoying each other's company in the series' later seasons.
In Jones' case, it's completely different - even if it appears to be similar to some of those above. In this instance, we are talking about an actor who joined the series at 10-years-old and has been working in the same environment for almost a decade. If anyone is even able to remember how they were at the age of 10, I'm sure (or hope) that it's not the same person you were at the age of 19. After enjoying so many TV and films which depict the iconic "coming of age story," one does begin to wonder why, in this real-life instance, people have so many issues with it. Jones isn't the only person in the world to be unhappy with their job, even if he does make a substantial living from it.
To help put to rest many unneeded comments, here are some responses to the issues people bring up:
"Quit the show!" – He's under contract for the season. Warner Bros. would have to release him from his contract.
"Give back the money!" – Does everyone who is unhappy with their job give back the money they earned?
"[Insert a religious reference here]" – Even if religion wasn't a part of it, a child who joins a show at the age of 10 doesn't know the type of person they will be, or how they will feel, when they become an adult - which Jones now is.
Of course, if you just came here looking for Charlie Sheen to make some entertaining comments about what Jones had to say, you won't be disappointed. Initially, Sheen told People Magazine that Two and a Half Men is "cursed." Sheen then went on to make a reference (or joke – who knows) about the religious cult Heaven's Gate. But that's not the type of Sheen you want to hear from, so here's what he had to say to TMZ:
Obviously, not having been there for some time, the Angus T. Jones that I knew and still love is not the same guy I saw on YouTube [Monday]. I dare anyone to spend ten years in the laugh-track that is Chuck Lorre's hive of oppression and not suffer some form of an emotional tsunami.
Sure, Sheen's comments do fall in the vein of what you'd expect to hear from the actor – but they aren't exactly incorrect, once you take out all of the sensationalism. 10 seasons on any show, even without Chuck Lorre, is extremely difficult for any actor, let alone someone going through adolescence. While it's true that the main cast of Two and a Half Men probably won't ever have to worry about money again, thanks to residuals from syndication, working on a single show can be extremely draining. Sure, you may still enjoy watching the show for 30 minutes each week, but that same 30 minutes takes an entire week to create. After 209 shows, a change in taste or unhappiness can happen – especially when you're growing up, like Jones. Religion may be an element that helped Jones focus his tastes and interests, but it's still simply a person who is unhappy with what he's doing.
Yes, it probably would have been better if Jones simply explained his displeasure with Lorre directly, but you can't change the past. Still, Jones' apology, while not pleasing everyone, does show that his true intent was not to hurt those he worked with but to explain how he currently felt about where he was at in life. Can you remember all of those other Angus T. Jones controversies over the years? No, because there haven't been any - and he's been in the public eye for almost 10 years.
We'll have to wait and see how Jones' actions impact his involvement in the series. Currently, Jones isn't expected to be in a new episode of Two and a Half Men until it 2013 – which has nothing to do with what he said, as they were already filmed. Unless we hear anything else (which is unlikely), expect Jones' issues with the series to be dealt with internally, as they should be.
Two and a Half Men airs Thursday @8:30pm on CBS