Two and a Half Men star Angus T. Jones‘ apology statement released yesterday makes it pretty clear that someone quite firmly reminded him that no matter what new opinions he holds of his hit sitcom, that “filth” pays him a whole lot of money. Money he could probably put to some good Christian use, if he chooses. Hence the contrite words: “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.”
But if exec producer Chuck Lorre and company decide to send Angus the way of his former onscreen uncle Charlie Sheen, that doesn’t have to mean the end of the 19-year-old’s career. He could join these five other celebrities who turned their born-again Christianity into brand-new gigs:
1. Stephen Baldwin
The Baldwin bro visited Good Morning America today and voiced his support and sympathy for Jones, as someone who’s experienced a backlash against his outspoken ways (seriously, this guy called Obama a “cultural terrorist” once). “As a Christian, I had a casting director come up to me two years ago and say, ‘I’m really sorry because I’ve brought your name up in castings for a while now and they all just kind of look at me like I’m crazy,” he said. Now, he’s gone “full-blown faith-based,” acting in Christian themed movies like Loving the Bad Man, about a woman who forgives her rapist. Ick. And then he’ll be back on Celebrity Apprentice soon, which is full-blown … something else.
2. Kirk Cameron
So, the Growing Pains star alienated most of Hollywood this spring when he told Piers Morgan he thinks homosexuality is “unnatural” and “detrimental” to society. His career has long been about making faith-based movies, like Left Behind, speaking against the theory of evolution and running the Way of the Master ministries.
3. Bettie Page
The legendary 1950s pinup famously disappeared from the public eye after 1957. Though she is said to have suffered from depression and financial difficulties, she eventually found work as an adviser to evangelist Billy Graham’s Crusade. Interesting twist for a sex icon.
4. Lisa Whelchel
The Facts of Life alumna, who has called herself a born-again Christian since age 10, credits her faith with helping her avoid the pitfalls of being an ’80s sitcom child star. She went on to become an author, a Grammy-nominated inspirational singer and a public speaker for Women of Faith. And now she is trying not to compromise her beliefs in the cutthroat, conniving competition that is Survivor: Philippines. “I didn’t want to lie and I wasn’t planning on lying if I could avoid it, but I also knew the game and I knew what it took to play the game and I knew that it would be naive to think that you could play the game without lying,” she told Fox News. “Although I was worried about — especially Christians — judging me, because they might say, ‘OK, you say you’re a Christian, you’re supposed representing God and you’re lying.’ ”
5. Bob Dylan
In the late ’70s, after Dylan converted from Judaism to Christianity, he recorded two gospel albums and refused to play his secular music on tour. He’s since gone back to playing his old hits and writing mainstream tunes — with the exception of that Christmas in the Heart album he inflicted on us in 2009.
Or, you know, Angus could stick to harmless comedy. His choice!
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