YouTube/TijuanaJackson TJ lays down some wisdom.
Romany Malco's publicist calls L.A. Weekly the day after our interview with her client to tell us that he may have, you know, stretched the truth a bit. He didn't mean to, she says. The 44-year-old actor, who plays a hotel concierge in this weekend's Last Vegas and is best known for his roles in The 40-Year Old Virgin, Weeds and Think Like a Man, just gets a little confused sometimes about where his true self ends and where Tijuana Jackson begins.
But who is Tijuana Jackson, exactly?
For young men in need of guidance, TJ is a straight-talking ex-con who provides tough love on YouTube and, if you text or call the number on the screen, might spend hours on end motivating you one-on-one to stay clean, stop cutting yourself or get a job.
"Procrastination is another way of saying you failure's bitch," Jackson says in one video.
For Malco, playing TJ is the ultimate passion project, a chance to directly help people in need while letting loose and writing material that won't be censored by corporate overlords.
For Malco's Hollywood handlers, however, Tijuana Jackson seems like a headache.More »