1. Michael Paré
The first issue of Men’s Fitness—“the healthy man’s guide to living”—featured actor Michael Paré (The Greatest American Hero, Eddie and the Cruisers, Streets of Fire). Claiming to be in better shape today than in 1987 (see how, below), he filled us in about that inaugural cover, being “artsy-fartsy,” and working out alongside ex-cons.
Men’s Fitness: How did you feel about getting asked to do the cover?
I wasn’t sure I wanted to be the muscular leading guy. I thought, “Oh, no. I want to be Marlon Brando or James Dean.” I wanted to be the artsy-fartsy guy.
How would you compare today’s you with you back then?
I’m in better shape now than when I did that cover! I meditate. I box—20 minutes on the speed bag, 15 on the heavy bag—do resistance work for 45 minutes, then abs and cardio. I don’t drink alcohol, use drugs, or smoke. I live a good, clean life.
Were you always like that?
Well, no. When I was young I liked to have a good time.
Where do you work out?
LA Fitness. It’s full of ex-military and [ex-cons]. It’s not a social event.
What do you like about boxing?
It does something for you psychologically. You stop being intimidated because you can defend yourself. Your mind functions better as a man knowing you’ll do OK no matter what.
Do you own anything from 30 years ago?
A Claude Montana leather jacket—it’s got the big, suede shoulders and cost $2,500 back then! I’m looking at it in my closet right now.
Tell us about your next film, LAbyrinth, starring Johnny Depp.
I play a Las Vegas homicide cop who investigated the murder of Tupac Shakur, and Johnny wants to re-review the case because he thinks the Biggie Smalls murder in L.A. was directly related.
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