Unemployment beard? Angus T. Jones was nearly unrecognizable during a recent outing in L.A. The 19-year-old actor was photographed looking drastically different from his former Two and a Half Men character by sporting a long, scruffy beard.
To further mask his identity, Jones looked remarkably skinnier than he has in the past. The CBS star showed off his thinner bod in a loose-fitting red T-shirt and baggy gray shorts.
"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," a friend of Jones 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 said. "He appears in denial about the whole saga. And he just doesn’t want to look like Jake anymore."
Two and a Half Men will be introducing a female character in the CBS comedy's 11 season, that will reportedly replace Jones' character, Jake Harper. Amber Tamblyn has been cast as Jenny Harper, the illegitimate lesbian daughter of the late Charlie Harper, formerly played by Charlie Sheen.
Jones' departure from the show, which he first appeared on in 2003, should come as no surprise. During a November 2012 interview with the Christian group Forerunner Chronicles, the actor called Two and a Half Men "filth." "You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that," he said. "I know I can't. I'm not OK with what I'm learning, what the Bible says and being on that television show." Following his strong remarks, Jones issued a public apology and thanked the cast and crew for "their support, guidance and love over the years."
In his final season on the show, a source told Us Weekly that Jones was earning about $350,000 per episode. But the insider told Us that the actor wanted to focus on a music career instead.