Right around last month at this time we reported massive muscle model (and more!) Alex Castro joined the cast of NBC's American Gladiators. Since then, Alex has been wielding more big sticks on the small screen—except this time, it's those gigantic Q-tip shaped battle thingies which seem to be quite popular on the highly-rated new competition series. "I was a Marine for two tours," Alex Castro reveals in a new video interview and fashion shoot for Rufskin w with Steven Blank at Pink Mafia Radio. "When you are a Marine, you are always a Marine. You have the discipline and the character and that prepared me for my role" as "Militia" on the series, he explains.
There is a bittersweet back story on Alex Castro's journey from Cuba to the Marine Corps. "At age 19, I escaped from Cuba with my three best friends and my cousin," he explains in the Quicktime interview. "We were on a boat, my father's boat, and, there was a very bad storm. My cousin died and so did two of my three best friends. We were rescued by the Marine Corps and that was one of the reasons that I later joined."
If that's not enough to make you cry in your coffee, the 6'3 and 225 pound Playgirl hunk and star of Zumanity also reveals that he builds his frame on a vegan diet. "I've been a vegan for over four years and was a vegetarian before that. It's because I have respect for all living creatures. ... It's not difficult to build so much muscle on a vegan diet. Look at horses."
And on that last note: There are probably more than a few questions about Alex Castro's previous work for COLT, Muscle Gallery and other beefcake sites. Not many answers here but that's okay because you become absorbed in Alex's personal story and his obvious fun with the Rufskin photo shoot. "I love these clothes," he gushes. "I feel so lucky!" Awww ...
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