When I turned 18, I was told I needed to run out and buy a lottery ticket, cigarettes, and porn. And while I leafed through that issue of Playgirl later that night, chain-smoking and surrounded by a hill of metallic scratchcard dust, I remember thinking, This is sooo gay. There was no way that straight women got off on these terrifying muscled and mulletted men, posing with soccer balls and firemen’s hoses. But I’m not convinced that gay men enjoyed it either. So I, for one, am very excited that the magazine will be given new life with its much-hyped Levi Johnston spread. Last week, in celebration of the impending Levi issue of the iconic American publication, The Daily Beast did a slide show of the most famous lads who posed for Playgirl. After the jump, the highlights—plus we’ve investigated the famous dudes who turned the magazine down. [The Daily Beast]Those Who Played For Playgirl:
- Model/actor/R&B artist Tyrese unknowingly adorned a Playgirl‘s cover in July 2003. “I didn’t know anything about it,” he said. Apparently, the picture was pulled from an old photo shoot for Tyrese’s album cover. He’s a male model who was mostly naked for a lot of his career—was it really so hard to find decent pics?
- In 2001, way before marrying Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban actually posed for Playgirl with a strategically placed guitar. In the accompanying article, he said he thinks it’s a compliment that fans make love to his music. And he shared this secret: “The truth is, we really want to be home with our wives or girlfriends. Every one of us is thinking the same thing, but no one will say it.”
- Way back in 1997, Brad Pitt was accidentally in Playgirl when they published some illegally procured candid nude shots of him vacationing with Gwyneth Paltrow. According to The Daily Beast, Pitt was “engaged in some naked calisthenics” and stopped distribution of the magazine, but not before subscriber issues were delivered. How many people have subscriptions to Playgirl, though?
- David Duchovny teased us (and Scully) for nine years in the “X-Files,” and then he did it again on the April 1997 cover of Playgirl with that weird baby-in-a-diaper pose. He did talk about how having the “X-Files” sex episode would be too easy and that he didn’t worry about full-frontal shots in movies like “Kalifornia” and “The Rapture.” So, why are you in shorts, David, why?!
- “Quantum Leap” actor Scott Bakula prudely posed for his Playgirl cover in an open black cardigan. Of the venture he says, “I kind of look at it and go, ‘What was I thinking?’ Thank goodness I kept my pants on.” Booo. No pants for you!
And The Playgirl Party Poopers:
- In case you’re still harboring sexytime feelings for AC Slater, I’m sorry to report that Mario Lopez turned down a $200K offer to go nakey for Playgirl. “It’s not something for me at the moment,” he said. [Celebuzz] — Well, that doesn’t sound very definitive. Maybe after he finishes hosting “America’s Best Dance Crew,” a series of unfortunate events will force him into financial instability and he’ll have to shed his clothes to make a comeback?
- Country singer Brad Paisley has turned down Playgirl on more than one occasion. “They ask every male country singer,” he said. “Trust me. No way. Not in a million years. I’ve got a lot of fans that are teenage girls here and there, and I don’t want them buying that magazine just because I’m in it. I’m not going to promote that magazine. It’s garbage. I’m sure there are fantastic articles, but that’s not what I’m about. Some things are better left to the imagination, and that’s one of them!” [OMG! Yahoo] — Tell us how you really feel, Brad.
- Donny Osmond had several offers to pose nude in Playgirl, but said uh-uh. “I wouldn’t go that way and I didn’t go that way,” he said. “I know it would have worked as far as creating controversy and changing my image, but I would rather do it the hard way with my music and do it the right way.” [The Bosh] — I’m sure that’s something my mom would have been into, but I can’t get modern Donny out of my head. Shudder.
- Kanye West didn’t turn down Playgirl. Instead, he riffed about how he was too famous and would need to work out first. “If you have less money, you have less responsibility. It’s like Björk. If she wanted to pose naked, you’d be like, ‘Oh, that’s Björk.’ But if I wanted to pose naked, people would draw all type of things into it,” he said. “I definitely feel like, in the next however many years, if I work out for two months, that I’ll pose naked. I break every rule and mentality of hip-hop, of black culture, of American culture.” [LimeWire Music] — Shut up, Kanye.
- Former Skid Row frontman, Sebastian Bach, used to have the cheekbones, pouty lips, and flowing blond hair of every woman’s dreams. So, of course, we wanted to see his weiner. The metal musician unsurprisingly says that Playgirl called him a lot, but he turned them down and kept his pants on for a Rolling Stone cover. [Playbill] — What’s the big deal? He could always drape his hair over his privates like Lady Godiva!