How do you fluff an already ablicious lineup of all-nude male dancers? Bring on Marcus Patrick, the sizzling hot former boy bander, actor, athlete and singer who isn't shy about baring it all.
And you can see it all – yes, all – as Patrick joins the cast of dancers at Swinging Richards for a limited engagement this summer. Call him a hunk in residence.
"I love dancing for gay men," Patrick says. "I have no problem with that. I found the gay community to be a very liberating place in society. The gay community had to find it's own little place on society's platform. It's almost like everything was accepted from drag queens, butch queens, tops to flaming bottoms. There is so much variety in the gay community that it also allows for the straight boy to be in there as the unicorn. Just being loved by the gay community and the energy is reciprocative."
But Patrick isn't resting on his, ahem, laurels when he works the room at Swinging Richards. Though he could. At 17, the British teen was pulled into the entertainment world by former "Idol" judge Simon Cowell, who signed him into the boy band Worlds Apart. After touring for several years, Patrick jumped the pond and pursued acting. "All My Children" anyone? That's where he became a household name and the fantasy object of gay TV soap fans everywhere. He's dabbled on the big screen, too. And that sexy campaign for Rufskin that barely contained the goods.
Yet he approaches his craft at Swinging Richards with the intensity of a first-time dancer. That British accent; the 6' 1" frame, that ethnic mix of Cherokee, Jamaican, Cuban, English, Irish and French; and that body made lean and muscled by a vegan diet and sweaty gym workouts don't hurt. But expect this guy to work for your affection from the stage.
"I have a sensibility that allows for gays to feel comfortable with me like I'm their entertainer. But they get a sense that I am not using them. When I get on that main stage, I really enjoy the music. I am there to dance my ass off. I am not there to con anybody or get a sugar daddy. I am there to entertain and be responsible for the ladies in my life, too, and care for them. That is my honesty. With that honesty, some people will love it or hate it. But love or hate it, it is the truth and if you hate, I don't give a fuck."
Yes, boys. Patrick is married. He got hitched to Alisa Patrick in 2011 and his gigs at strip clubs help care for his family and feed his music career, which he's reviving with two recent singles. "Boss B*tch" dropped on March 17 (watch below) and "Baby It's On" debuted on May 9.
"When you work as an actor, you are always bringing someone else's vision to the forefront. With music, you are bringing your own. Obviously, the goal is to entertain. My first songs are very entertaining," he says.
"As I go further down this music path, I want it to really be inspirational and bring messages. I feel like humanity still needs to grow up a lot. Having been well traveled and well read and blessed, I feel like I can do a lot for humanity by breaking some barriers and shedding some light on some certain things. Music is a good way to do that," Patrick adds.
Even packing that life experience – Patrick turns 40 on June 5 – he hopes to be just "one of the guys" during his stay at Swinging Richards. Some people recognize him, others don't and he's fine with that.
"I kind of enjoy that sometimes, being low key and letting people figure it out. And if they don't figure it out, that's cool, too," Patrick says.
But don't step out of line, drunk frisky fans. Patrick is a former Tae Kwon Do champion and second-degree black belt. He's friendly but not that friendly.
"I am honestly going to put it in check if it's disrespectful. If I am being violated, I will put a check on that real quick. And with that I can say hey, that's not the right way to behave. I have encountered a few rude customers and they find themselves being avoided," Patrick says.
Instead, Patrick prefers a more preventative approach to fans overtaken by his muscular frame and put-your-eye-out manhood. This isn't his first gig at a gay strip club, after all.
"You tend to attract what you put out. If you put out rowdy, reckless behavior, you get rowdy reckless back. If you put out good, loving energy you tend to get good loving energy back," he says.