Together with his bushy beard and dishevelled hoody, Angus T Jones could possibly be mistaken for a hard-up pupil.
But it surely could not be farther from the reality. Just some years in the past, he was the very best paid little one actor on the planet, pocketing an eye-watering $300,000 per episode of the insanely standard sitcom, Two and a Half Males, which ran from 2003 to 2015. Now, on his thirtieth birthday, he is really unrecognisable.
Angus was simply 10 years outdated when he began enjoying Jake Harper within the CBS sitcom, which additionally starred Jon Cryer as his uptight dad Alan and Charlie Sheen as his super-rich, unruly, womanising uncle Charlie. He charmed viewers together with his child face and effortlessly on-point comedic timing.
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Lately, he leads a reclusive life away from the highlight. Final week, he was snapped in a uncommon sighting as he hopped out of a automotive and headed to a buddy’s home in Los Angeles, California. Puffing on a vape, he had his hood pulled up protecting his bald head, with shades and a giant beard hiding a lot of his face.
He sported an informal College of American Samoa Legislation College hoody, free becoming stonewash denims and plain black trainers, whereas clutching a big drinks bottle and plastic bag on September 26.
Rising up on display screen, Angus, who turns 30 at present (October 8), received two Younger Artist Awards and a TV Land Award because the present grew to become America’s hottest sitcom, pulling in a median viewers of round 15 million individuals. Nevertheless, his relationship with the present soured in his late teenagers.
Within the present’s ninth season, which ran from 2011 to 2012, his character went from mischievous child to weed-smoking stoner and Lothario virtually in a single day. In March 2012, talking on the annual PaleyFest, he admitted it felt “very awkward” to do the “grownup factor” at a younger age.
Later that yr, in an interview with a Seventh-day Adventist-sponsored radio present, he revealed he had discovered spiritual religion. He then went additional, saying he now not needed to look on Two and a Half Males, branding it “filth” and urging individuals to “cease watching” the sitcom.
He mentioned: “Lots of people don’t like to consider how misleading the enemy is. There’s no enjoying round in terms of eternity … Individuals will see us and be like, ‘I could be a Christian and be on a present like Two and a Half Males.’ You possibly can’t. You can’t be a real God-fearing individual and be on a tv present like that. I do know I can’t.”
He later issued an apology, insisting he was grateful for the chance to star within the present and that he had the “highest regard and respect” for these he had labored with. He mentioned: “I apologise if my remarks replicate me exhibiting indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and an absence of appreciation of the extraordinary alternative of which I’ve been blessed. I by no means supposed that.”
Angus’s feedback got here a yr after his co-star Sheen’s public meltdown, which resulted within the actor, then the very best paid on TV, being fired from the present. In an interview with radio host Alex Jones, Sheen, in a interval of heavy drug use, referred to as the present’s creator, Chuck Lorre, a “turd” and claimed to have “tiger blood”.
Angus introduced his everlasting departure from the present in 2014, describing himself as a “paid hypocrite”. He later attended the College of Colorado Boulder, the place he did an environmental research course.
In 2016, he introduced he had left religion primarily based organisations, switching to Jewish research and citing an intention to return to appearing. He hasn’t appeared in something since TV present Horace and Pete that yr.