Action man Mr T has defended his right to motivate people on upcoming US reality TV show I PITY THE FOOL, because his lengthy battle with cancer tested his resolve to the limit. The actor - real name LAURENCE TUREAUD - was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1995 and underwent a recovery programme including chemotherapy and radiation. And the 54-year-old believes he can now inspire other people. He says, "Starting in 1997, I was going to the cancer centre every day for a year and a half to get a shot. I had chemotherapy and radiation. I now see my doctor every two months. I take eight pills a day. It's supposed to slow the growth in my body. "I'm feeling good. I don't get nauseated anymore. "It allows me to have a platform and to speak with authority because I've been tested. "First when people think of me doing a reality show, they think I'm going around beating people up. "People ask what gives me the authority to give advice? I say, 'First of all, I don't give advice. Dr Phil gives advice. Mr T helps people. I motivate them, I inspire them, I give them hope, and I plant the seed so they can feel good about themselves.' That's what I do."