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Marcus Patrick is a multifaceted actor, singer and model who has taken the entertainment industry by storm! The British actor started his American invasion a few years ago in the world of daytime television. He had roles on NBC's Passions and Days of Our Lives, as well as ABC's All My Children. Marcus has also been featured on primetime television shows such as My Wife & Kids, CSI: Miami, the TEENick show Just Jordan and The-N's Beyond the Break ...
In September 2007 ... Marcus Patrick was featured as the centerfold in Playgirl magazine ... making him one of the only mainstream actors to appear fully nude in the magazine ... Marcus' appearance in the magazine is largely speculated as to being the reason that he was let go from his Days of Our Lives contract on November 14, 2007 ...
Since leaving Days ... Marcus has tackled the feature film world head on. The actor has been featured in a wide array of roles. Some roles accentuate his physicality and free-spirited nature ... while others allow him to really sink his teeth into the role ...
Aside from acting ... Marcus Patrick is a singer. He was initially with the British pop group Worlds Apart ... but left the group for a solo career ... Now he is currently in production on a brand new album ...
I sat down with Marcus to chat about his "big break" in the entertainment industry ... his daytime television experience ... his Playgirl centerfold spread ... his gay fans ... and his future plans in the entertainment industry ...
Papi Chulo: First of all ... I would like to thank you for doing this interview ... How long have you been in the entertainment industry?
Marcus Patrick: I've been in this business since I was sixteen, seventeen. I caught a train from my hometown of Bath in England to an agent in London. The agent started sending me out on certain modeling jobs and then they asked me one day if I could dance and sing 'cause there was a big audition like American Idol going on. So I went to it and Simon Cowell from American Idol was the guy running the audition. I won and I got a part in the band called "World Apart." That was the start of it.
PC: Growing up in Bath, England you were a Tae Kwon Do champion in the Junior's and Men's heavyweight divisions ... What made you drop the fighting ... and move into singing?
MP: It was kind of a realization that I knew I could already be like the best fighter in the world and I felt like that wasn't what I wanted my life's destiny to be. I didn't want to keep hurting other males, I wanted to help them. I basically had been punching men. When a man gets in the ring opposite you, they come in with this idea that they are gonna win and you go in with the idea that your gonna win too. At the end of the fight, I would go celebrating because I would win all the time, and the other man would go home with his head down low and his self esteem tattered. And sometimes with a lifetime injury. I just grew a conscious. I became too sensitive to continue doing that for money, or for my own glory.
PC: What is your ethnic background?
MP: My mother is Jamaican, Cuban and Cherokee. My father is English, Irish and French.
PC: Your physique is incredibly cut up ... Has fitness always been a major part of your life?
MP: Well my dad is a karate teacher, so I got started in karate, gymnastics and running when I was five-years-old. I had no choice in the matter. (LOL)
PC: When you moved stateside you had a few primetime guest spots ... and then you moved into the daytime drama domain ... Is there a big difference between the shooting styles of primetime television and daytime sudsers?
MP: Yes. In primetime, they really do focus on trying to create it as realistic as possible and they rehearse a lot more. Everything is real from props. You have multiple angles, and you can get into it. Daytime is a rush. You don't really get to rehearse too much, maybe once or twice. When you shoot a scene, everything is shot on all four cameras at once. It's just taping, then moving on. So sometimes I would tape a scene and it would suck. I would want to do it again, but they wanted to move on. So with daytime you couldn't get your teeth into a scene. So that's kind of why I had enough of it.
PC: You guest-starred in my favorite daytime soap Passions ... What was your experience on the set of that kooky soap?
MP: That was pretty fun actually. Everyone was really super nice. I actually enjoyed the environment of Passions because the actors didn't take themselves too seriously. I played Chad Harris' [Charles Divins] cousin. They were really friendly and goofy about it. No one was a prima donna. They didn't take it too seriously and had fun with it. I enjoyed the set. The script is ridiculous. It's comical, but that's what makes it enjoyable. It is so far fetched that you just have to laugh at it.
PC: Last year ... you boldly went where no mainstream star had gone ... You bared yourself ... fully nude ... in Playgirl magazine ... What brought you to the decision to pose for Playgirl? Did they offer the feature spread to you? Or did you approach them?
MP: They offered, begged and asked. At first I wasn't sure, but I was told it was great for publicity ... great exposure. That it would just basically help get me out there as an actor. 'Cause I'm a hot actor and people need to know that. I should exploit that I'm being put in the roles because of my looks and acting talent. I wasn't planning on doing it with my front exposed at all and the contract stated that it was no full frontal nudity. But Playgirl just put it out there anyway. It was a bit of a breach of contract, you know. But the fans seemed to love it, so I thought "what the heck." It sold more copies than any other issue that they had. So I was like "fans are loving it leave it alone." People are so hung up on nudity it's ridiculous. I love cracking the taboo whip. You were born in a birthday suit, it's no big deal. I'm from England. I guess that's why I have a bit of a rebellious streak to me.
MP: Yeah, I think it probably was. But you know there is no exact proof of it. When Ed Scott (head producer) called me into the room, he just said, "The writers have dropped your contract. Sorry kid that's show business. They did it to me when I was at Young & the Restless." I said no problem. Shook his hand and left. I didn't have any worries. I've got movies coming out and I'm probably going to do more in the future. So I didn't feel that's the place where I was going to be for a long time. It was good for the fans and it was a good experience. One day i will look back when I'm a granddad and say "I was on a soap. That was good."
PC: How do you feel about the state of diversity on daytime television?
MP: I think that there are less ethnic people on a lot of the soaps. I think there's been an up and a down. I think it's very Caucasian from my observation. It's a little sad, because it doesn't really represent the real world. I'm mixed race and I don't see people as color, I see them as beings. I wish that we'd wake up as a race, stop all the nonsense and put more ethnics and cultures on television so people can learn from them. In the end, this game of acting should entertain and teach. Passions was popular in the gay community because it embraced some gay themes and issues. Passions did have some ethnic diversity. It was a shame that it didn't get pushed more. There needs to be more ethnic diversity and more culture acceptance. We need to wake up and stop the ignorance.
PC: You recently started dabbling in the world of films ... So far what has been your most favorite role to tackle in movies?
MP: There have been a couple of movies that I've shot over the year that I have enjoyed doing. I've done this one called Love... & Other 4 Letter Words which is about to be released in April. I played a pimp/gigolo/stripper. I found him hilarious and the audience loved that guy in test screenings.
PC: You have appeared nude in a couple of your movies ... Am I right to assume you aren't ashamed to flaunt your body?
MP: Absolutely 100% correct.
PC: Descent recently arrived on DVD ... and the storyline is pretty powerful ... What was it like to shoot that particular movie?
MP: Actually it was great. Rosario [Dawson] was interesting to watch. She's quite an experienced actor. She's been on a few movie sets. I tried to absorb some of her skills. Chad [Faust] was an incredible actor. I loved being around him. It was interesting to watch him.
When I was in that character, I went to New York. I was alone in NY for an entire month, staying in a room, taking in NY every day, and just wandering around. I was basically ordering my food and becoming the character "Adrian." With that accent I was changing. I was going to (I dot usually go to) a lot of nightclubs. I'd watch people. I'd study the DJs and bouncers. It was a great time to practice my craft. I was really getting immersed in my character. The more homework I got to do, the more I knew he would come alive when the camera rolled. It obviously worked, and I can't wait to be given scripts and roles where I get to commit. Not all scripts and roles allow you to commit that much.
There are two sides to the acting business. There's the "celebutante" behavior (i.e. Paris Hilton and Tara Reid) of running with paparazzi. Then there's the "Jake Gyllenhaal/Daniel Day-Lewis" side where people are very serious about acting. I'm capable of playing both roles. But you have to work a hell of a lot harder to prove yourself in the "Daniel Day-Lewis" camp. Roles that help you prove yourself are scarce. Descent was one of those roles and I look forward to the next one. But in the mean time, I will do the fun roles and continue shaking my ass naked. (LOL)
PC: You dance for the Hollywood Men ... a Chippendale-like male review ... How did you get involved with them?
MP: When I first came to Miami from England, I was a personal trainer. A hurricane came and took my car right at the time when I put some money on a condo. So everything kind of went wrong with my finances, my car and my condo. This girl saw me with my hands on my head in Bally's, where I was a trainer. She asked what was wrong. I told her I had the worst day and she asked ... so i told her. She said I should be going down to LaBare club. I would be making "all the money. You're hot and cute and the girls will tip you. Yea you are gonna make bank papi." So she took me there. I walked in and said, "Hell no. I'm a pop star in England. I was on TV. Forget it." I went away for about a couple days. I realized I was in serious need of cash. I was like, "Shit, I need to go back to that place." So I went and I cried that night. I got up on that stage and I started shaking my ass and putting on a brave face. That was the start of me being a stripper. I was crying. (LOL)
Once I left Miami, I saved money. I danced at the Houston LaBare for about six months. I came to Los Angeles with a lot of cash saved up. I started personal training here. I swore I hung up my thong and my dancing boots. I'm going to be a trainer and actor. So I was in L.A. for over a year without dancing. Then one day I was out dancing and I felt like I lost some of my moves. I didn't feel as coordinated. That kind of bugged me, because when you are a dancer, you are very coordinated. I was getting really bored of being in a gym just giving weights to people. It was so boring doing client after client. It's a long, grueling day being a trainer and making a lot of money. So I was like I want to make extra income and I want to dance again. So I found out that the Hollywood men had a show. I went along and watched it. I said to Scott (the owner), "You should give me a job." He said, "I have to audition you in a smaller venue." I told him that he should give me a shot. Once he knew I could put it down on the stage, he made me the headliner and I've been the headliner for a while. I know how to make people have fun. They want to see laughter, backflips, entertainers, and someone shaking their ass. I like to be the life of the party.
PC: Where can your fans find a sampling of your music? Do you have a CD available for purchase?
MP: Fans can listen to my music on my website. I don't have a CD yet. But they can find it soon at my website -- Marcus-Patrick.com.
PC: You were featured on the website MalePerfection.net ... What was that experience like?
MP: They asked me. They said "we want to shoot you for two hours, working out and showing off your body. You don't have to do any full frontal nudity." I did it. I wasn't going to do the super cheesy stuff like looking at the camera and appearing as if I'm turned on. I really don't care for that contrived stuff. So I went looking really natural. They had me bouncing on a bed and punching a punch bag. They paid me thousands for that. So I said thank you for the extra change.
PC: What would you consider to be your best physical asset?
MP: Well as I've gotten older and realized how many wonderful dinners and how much spoiling I can get from a certain part of my body. I've learned that if you can give a woman multiple orgasms, she will wake up the next day and cook you a nice dinner. I have to give thanks to the "johnson" for serving me well. And I have to give thanks to my dad for giving me the "johnson."
PC: How do you keep your incredible physique?
MP: I'm a vegan. That's how I keep it. I work out once a week with weights. I hit the entire body one time a week. When you don't eat any animal fat and dairy, you don't get fat. All my clients who have turned vegan lose weight rapidly.
PC: Some fans may not know that you have been living the vegan lifestyle for quite sometime ... How long have you been a vegan? and what made you make the switch?
MP: Ive been a vegan now almost seven years. I got sick from eating steak, so I stopped eating it. Then I got sick eating pork, so I cut that out. I was on fish and I went to a very famous restaurant and got sick eating there. So I was like screw it. I love eating beans rice and nuts. I'm a trainer. I'm going to investigate how I can get all the amino acids from sources that are not animals. So that's how it all started. It was really my body feeling too sick to continue digesting the flesh. I just don't want to eat dead animal flesh. It grosses me out man. I noticed I'm leaner. I'm happier. My skin is better. Everything is from being free of animal products.
PC: What can be found on your website ... Marcus-Patrick.com?
MP: You can watch all my reels and everything I've been on. You can buy products and contact me. Oddly enough fans get a reply pretty quick from yours truly. Not too many celebs like to stay in touch with their fans and I do. I don't know. I feel like I owe my supporters good manners is what I'd say. If a supporter of mine takes the time to buy a product of mine, appreciate it and wants to tell me thank you or what they thought was good about the product, I'd like to feel their energy and express my appreciation for them. That's kind of why I'm really hands on with my fans. I'm like that as well on MySpace.
PC: You have such a strong fan base ... What does it feel like knowing you have a large group that's behind you in everything you do?
MP: I love it man. What I really want to do is climb as high as I can with this entertainment thing and then figure out a way to help people. I'm a conscious entertainer. I'm obviously going to gain material and finance. But, I'm not really into the material. I'm a heartfelt humanitarian to the core. I really cant wait to be in the position to sign onto a movie (knowing it will do well) and literally donate the money of the profits of the film to a needy cause of the world. I want to be the first actor to create a big box office and donate the money to things that are really important ... make a change in this planet. My heart bleeds when I see another issue being blanketed by politics or the social veneer of society.
MP: Not anymore. When I first landed in America, I didn't really know much about the gay community. My first client was gay and he became one of my best friends. His name is Elan Wayne and is a famous hairdresser on Santa Monica Blvd. He taught me about gay culture. He'd tell me all these stories, and I'd be laughing my ass off. I would be like, "Dude it's so gross." He told me one day, "We are such good friends. I know you're straight. One day when you love me so much, you are gonna let me suck it right?" He's never gotten to suck it. I love him to death though. He's taught me about the gay community. Before that I was a homophobic child. So I pretty much understand they love the physicality and the muscles. So it doesn't surprise me that they like em because I'm an athlete. I actually have a real love for the gay community because I have so many things in common with the gay community in terms of my own behavior. I've been told before, "Marcus you are so gay. You are just missing that last gene. Damn!" I guess I have the title of the "gayest straight man in the world." The women love it. The women love gay guys. There are more hot women at gay clubs than at straight clubs.
PC: What are your future plans?
MP: I got a Stan Lee low budget action hero movie that's in production. It is independently financed and has a gritty feel to it. It's more real than other action hero movies. Out of the Box with Marcus Patrick has started shooting. So this year is going to be a busy one.
PC: What is Out of the Box with Marcus Patrick?
MP: That is a show about me running around in Hollywood asking lots of different questions. Being "out of the box." It will follow my daily life through my dancing, singing and movies. I will also be asking other celebs questions that are "out of the box" ... taboo. It's an old fashioned variety show with a new spin on it. I'm trying to erase some of the ignorance in the world, but with a comedic edge to it.
MP: It's independently financed right now. It's got a couple interested buyers from Bravo/NBC to a big web company like MySpace. It's got a lot of people interested. The independents want to own it. I'm one of the partners. So we own the entertainment being put out, rather than being bought too early.
PC: It's time for "Papi Chulo's LIST" ... Which is a list of seven questions that will be asked to all of my interview subjects ... What are your Top 5 favorite television shows?
PC: McDonald's Big Mac or Burger King's Whopper?
MP: Um ... I think I'd pick a rat burger over those two.
PC: Disney or Warner Bros?
MP: Warner Bros.
PC: What's your favorite color?
PC: What's your favorite sexual position?
MP: Holding Michelle Maylene up against the door or up against the wall is quite hot. She has to be off the floor.
PC: What's your favorite curse word?
PC: If you could be anywhere right now ... Where would you be?
MP: Chillin' in Hawaii. That's the best place so far on the planet to chill out and feel like there isn't a care in the world.
MP: I'd say pay it forward. Just be the change in the world you want to see.
PC: Thank you once again for this interview Marcus ...
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