AB: Let’s switch gears and talk about the Playgirl scandal. What was your decision making? Did you run this by your publicist or your agent? Did they approach you? How did this go down?
MP: Actually, yeah, they approached me. My agent told me about and said, “They’ve offered you a celebrity shoot” and I was like, “I don’t know about that”. Then they started saying, “David Hasselhoff, Burt Reynolds, Tyrese Gibson…” They started naming those who had done it and I thought – you know, it’s no secret that I dance at both straight and gay bars. I’m very comfortable with sexuality and some nudity. Am I prepared to let it all out for Playgirl? And I thought, “What the heck, I’m only young once. I’m not going to have this body forever”.
AB: Might as well show it off!
MP: Yeah! Have fun wit it. If it’s embraced – fantastic. For me, the problem I may face being – I’m considered the pretty boy. It’s sometimes very difficult to get the notoriety as an actor when you’re just struggling in the mix of all the other actors who are struggling. And if you’re touted as a pretty boy – I might as well have embraced it, rather than shy away from it as some people do, which is, “No, I don’t want to be known for that. I just want to be a serious actor”. It seems like what the fans wanted is what I gave them. I know I’m an entertainer – I sing, dance and act – but my physicality is element fans love and they express it a lot. I feel like it’s part of my duty to make sure that I give to the fans what I they want.
AB: Did you expect repercussions from the Playgirl spread?
MP: I did. I knew I’d get all kinds of negative tabloid rumors and junk. I kind of thrive off that stuff. Anyone who has ever been popular has 50/50 – you get fifty percent positive stuff and you get fifty percent negative. The negative stuff is actually pretty funny. I mean, most of it’s not true. You kind of just have to look at it like even bad publicity is good publicity. As long as you’re holding it together, which is what I do. I’m really quite the relaxed, calm business person. I have my house, I don’t really go out and do any wild partying.
Here’s some footage of Patrick in the shoer. We thoguht you’d get a kick out of it.
AB: How old are you?
MP: I’m thirty-three. I just take good care of myself and – I’m a lot of fun, but not in that crazy drugged go out and act a fool way.
AB: Were you ever?
MP: Never. I’ve never been into drugs and alcohol. I’ve always been – I’m a clown! If I’m hanging out with you, I’ll be the guy who’s trying to get you in the gym, but if we’re around the streets, I am the guy who will run down the street with my ass hanging out, like mooning people.
AB: Do you prefer television or movies?
MP: I definitely prefer movies, because – I’ve got four movies coming out this year – but let’s talk about the set. It’s the freedom one gets when you’re doing film, to really go for it. As an actor, you sit and you watch life. You watch real life. You go out to a bar – I’m going to be at Splash tonight promoting and I’m going to watch everyone. I’m going to watch real life. Real life is fascinating. I’ve been in a club where I’m dancing and I’m on the box with a friend of mine and some guy comes a long and just drops his cock out right towards us. We’re like, “Whoa,” and we back up and are laughing about it. Then a little fat guy goes, “That’s so hot” and starts giving him a blow job right there on the dance floor!
AB: I’m sure you’ll see something like that tonight. Have you been to Splash?
MP: No. What’s it like?
AB: Um…sweaty. Wet.
MP: See, you can portray something like that in film. TV – they censor everything.
AB: Yes, but obviously we have HBO and Showtime and now AMC is jumping into the mix. I think that’s inevitably a good thing for an actor.
MP: Yes it is. We’ve been talking to HBO for shows for me, because I am that raw. I like being real. I don’t like necessarily being vulgar, but I like things to be real and edgy.