According to an article in yesterday's Mirror, Mr. T (formerly of A-Team, Rocky III and 1-800 Collect fame) is starring in a new TV Land reality show, but has abandoned wearing his trademark gold chains on the program. Amazingly, the change came about because of the devout Christian's experiences helping victims during last year's Katrina relief efforts. Coming across far more eloquent than he ever has in any script, the actor was quoted as saying, "I stopped wearing the gold as of last year during Hurricane Katrina"¦ As a spiritual man, I felt it would be a sin against my God for me to wear all that gold again because I spent a lot of time with the less fortunate. The gold is now in my heart." Awww, Mr. T!
Of course, the sad part of that story is that he's still cashing in on his "I Pity the Fool" slogan, which happens to be the name of his reality series. Over the years he's used similar phrases to sell everything from rap albums-- Mr. T's Be Somebody (Or Be Somebody's Fool), to breakfast cereal ("I pity the fool who don't eat my cereal.")