The re­luc­tant half star

An­gus Jones does not see act­ing as a ca­reer when his stint as Jake in ‘Two and a Half Men’ ends

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to­gether and An­gus kept laugh­ing when Sheen de­liv­ered his punch lines.

CBS wor­ried then that An­gus wouldn’t be able to con­trol him­self dur­ing tap­ings, but for Lorre and co-cre­ator Lee Aron­sohn it was a sign that An­gus was en­joy­ing him­self. “Early on, he would smile a lot at the end of the joke so they’d al­ways have to cut around that,” Sheen said. “Which was funny to me be­cause he was so young. Did he re­ally un­der­stand the joke he was telling or the joke that’s be­ing spok e n around h im ? Be­cause there’s lots of adult hu­mour. But you can still see it in the old episodes – him start­ing to smile and they cut away.”

Shy, in­tro­spec­tive and po­lite, Jones has never asked his pro­duc­ers and cast mates to ex­plain the show’s sug­ges­tive in­nu­endo or dirty jokes.

An­gus avoids the lime­light, pre­fer­ring his fam­ily’s Texas ranch to Hol­ly­wood glitz. When the show is on hia­tus (one week out of the month and two months in the sum­mer), he at­tends a reg­u­lar high school and spends most of his free time study­ing, play­ing the gui­tar, and tak­ing care of his two-yearold brother and new puppy.

Un­like his on-screen al­ter ego, An­gus takes his school work se­ri­ously. “He’s a real worker among work­ers,” Lorre said. “There’s no show­biz kid stuff go­ing on. He’s so much more evolved than that.

“One of the joys of be­ing on this show has been watch­ing him grow up. He’s be­com­ing a young man now, and he’s do­ing it with g race.” – Los An­ge­les

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