Independence Day is right around the corner and we’re all getting in the mood for some good old-fashioned patriotism. But while many of us will be be celebrating by simply barbecuing and knocking back beers, some celebs will be touting traditional values and hanging with their right-wing Republican buddies. So which stars have been known to be sympathetic to Republican causes over the years?
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 CameronRead more…
We’re used to putting our now-grown child stars in one of three categories: tragic failures, surprising success stories or tragic failures that managed to become surprising success stories. We mourn our Dana Platos and Corey Haims, celebrate the Jason Batemans and Neil Patrick Harrises and Danica McKellars, and are warily rooting for the Lindsay Lohans and Macaulay Culkins. But this week, we were reminded that like, you know, regular kids who grow up, there are many paths for child actors to take.
They can grow up to be Kirk Cameron, who’s long parlayed his Growing Pains fame into a platform for Christian evangelism, making Left Behind movies and all sorts public appearances to denounce the theory of evolution. Still, when he went on Piers Morgan last week and called homosexuality “unnatural, detrimental and ultimately destructive to foundations of civilization,” his co-stars, Tracey Gold and Alan Thicke, along with a whole lot of other celebs, reacted with outrage and disappointment in him. But really, whether we agree or not (not!), Cameron’s been rebelling against the Hollywood stereotype for ages now. Should we really be surprised? Read more…
Last week theFABlife gave you a list of sitcom kids whose iconic small screen characters didn’t stop them from becoming grown-up Hollywood stars. But that got us thinking: What happened to the kids who didn’t go that A-list route and got sucked into the black hole of former child actors? We recently heard from Family Matters star Jaleel White, who said that he still feels suffocated by Steve Urkel’s high-wasted pants. But that just got us curious about the others. Kimmy Gibbler, Danny Tamberelli, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Larisa Oleynik … where have you been!? We’re so sad that we’ve fallen out of contact with ‘em.
But never fear, folks! Through the magic of the Internet, we’ve managed to track down some of your favorite sitcom kids of the ’80s and ’90s. All you gotta do is click on the gallery below for a tearful reunion with your long-lost television friends. Enjoy! And bring a hanky.
[Photo: Getty Images/ABC/Nickelodeon]
Three years after the release of Left Behind III: World At War, Kirk Cameron has made his grand return to the world of Christian cinema with Fireproof, the story of a fireman who discovers that keeping his marriage alive will be harder than conquering any inferno. Despite his popularity in fundamentalist circles, he was a peculiar choice for a faith-based romantic drama, as he refuses to kiss anyone other than his wife—even when he’s playing a role. Cameron explained on Today that the filmmakers got around his marital devotion by having Cameron’s wife Chelsea Noble replace actress Erin Bethea on stage, and filming the scene in silhouette.
Scandalist would like to thank the married actors of America who bravely smooch their co-stars despite the potential for infidelity and eternal damnation. We’re truly grateful that most movies and TV shows—from sex thrillers to family sitcoms—show lip-on-lip action rather than questionably shaped shadows. Sure, we’d all be a little closer to heaven if everyone acted like St. Kirk here. But the world be all the more boring for it.