Happy Hump Day, Hunk Lovers! Here's a hump day quickie for you, perennial fan favorite Jack Mackenroth in these exclusive pics just for your discerning eyes!
Jack gave us a little insight on the shoot:
[Kevin and I had] been talking about shooting for a while now but our schedules never seemed to synchronize. I've been a fan of Kevin's work for a long time. The shoot was initially for a Brazilian magazine called GLAD but something got lost in translation during their communication regarding art direction and they thought the photos were "too provocative" and they only ended up using one image. We put a lot of time and effort into the shoot so we sent them to you so they could see the light of day.
Please welcome Noah Schuffman to Hunk du Jour! He's one of the stars of eCupid -- a movie making the festival rounds. (Special Valentine's screening this weekend in the UK at Riverside Studios -- check it out!)
He was nice enough to answer our questions about himself and eCupid -- let's see what he had to say!
Christopher Michael, Hunk du Jour: How did you hear about eCupid and how did you end up getting involved in the project?
Noah Schuffman, eCupid: I saw that breakdown on actors access (a website for actors that lists auditions) and thought that it was an intriguing project.
HDJ: How would you describe your character in three sentences?
Noah: Gabe is a very focused and optimistic person. He tends to get tunnel vision when focused on something but always has good intentions. He is a dedicated man and a hopeless romantic at heart.
Name: Daniel Villa
Height/Weight: 6'0 170
Relationship Status: Single
Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
Current Location: New York, NY
Christopher, Lead Hunkologist: Where did you grow up? What kind of things did you like to do when you are younger?
Daniel Villa: I grew up in Bogota, which is the capital of Colombia. I had a very active childhood. My dad was a race car driver so I grew up on a race track. I became a BMX Racer at 5 years old, then I started doing motocross and Kart racing. I played soccer, went rollerblading, Rock climbing, running... I never stopped. I was very hyper and I had an amazing group of friends.
Our friends over at Red Model Management zipped these exclusive photos of Arthur Keller over to us late this week -- what a perfect way to kick off your weekend! Check out their blog for a few more digital snaps of Arthur - you won't be disappointed.
Signing songs from Britney and Gaga, Chase originally caught our eye with his outstanding versions of music videos where he both dances and interprets the songs in sign langugage. Since then he was featured in last year's Broadway Bares show, and now he's getting his own music off the ground!
Chase will perform in Times Square this Sunday at 8:00PM, so get tickets and more information.
Chris M, Lead Hunkologist: Hey Chase, welcome back to Hunk du Jour! So I hear that you've been up to a lot since we last chatted, so it's time to settle in and get the scoop! The hunk-lovers out there probably remember you best as "that sign language music video guy!"
Chase: Thank you, Chris! Haha, that's true. It's become my middle name.
Chris M, Lead Hunkologist: And names are something that might be tough for people to keep track of for you as well... since your YouTube channel has since been through a few of them. Where can folks find your YouTube channel now?
Chase: Oh, man. You're telling me. To make it easiest, they can go to www.officialchase.com, there is a video section that holds all of them! It's even broken into segments, singing and signing.
Chris M, Lead Hunkologist: Hehe - so whatever the channel name of the week is, we can find you there! From your YouTube roots you are starting to branch out in a few new directions too -- including a little project around this time last year called Broadway Bares?
Chase: Yeah, Broadway Bares was great. I was in a number called Football Fantasy. All the money goes to HIV/AIDS research. It was a lot of fun dancing with the guys, being on stage with them, and for such a good cause.
Jack Mackenroth and photographer Andrew Werner... a stylish symbiosis. The two know style, and teamed up to produce these photos for an exclusive Hunk du Jour sneak peek.
"Andrew is one of the nicest, easiest photographers to work with," says Mackenroth. "Since I just turned 41, honestly, I don't know how many more photo shoots I have left in me so it's always great to work with someone you know and get along with. He understands about the importance of lighting someone who isn't 21 anymore. It also helps that he has nice things to say about me, too."
Andrew added, "Everyone knows that Jack Mackenroth has great style. So naturally when I arrived at our shoot, I was eager to see what the stylist had selected for the shoot. After Jack tried on several outfits, he then, in perfectly witty 'Jack style' asked me, Clothes on or off? I instantly knew this would be a fun few hours." He added, "Jack's open, vibrant personality led him to comfortably run around half-naked; which gave me a great opportunity to share the different sides of one man with the rest of the world."
"My vision was to capture Jack's unique essence and energy through my lens; a man who has no only been HIV-positive for over 20 years, but a man who is a sex symbol, and more importantly a role model for the entire gay community."
Full Name: Joseph Aaron Reid
Hometown: Greece, NY
Current City: New York, NY
Height/Weight: 6'3" / 190 lbs.
Join us for a chat with Joe Aaron Reid, currently starring in the 5th Avenue Theatre's production of On the Town!
We're excited to share these two shots with you of 2010 Hunk du Jour Model Search winner Jesse Blum! He is looking amazing in these photos by Adam Medders Photography for On Display Men and Hunk du Jour.
Hunk du Jour flew Jesse to Dallas for a fantastic weekend with a brilliant team, and these two shots came from the our first day of the two-day session. Jesse was a complete professional, and chimed in with his own great ideas on poses and looks.
While the bedroom shoots were comfortably warm, Jesse found out exactly how chilly things could get in Texas during our outdoor location shoots -- with temperature hovering at around 40F, he had to keep his gaze smoldering. You can see from the results that he dug deep and made it happen.
Keep an eye out for more photos of Jesse from the weekend, plus Jesse's contribution to the Support Nature Project!
Check out our interview after the jump! Luke answers some of our questions about the new show, plus you can watch the first episode and a trailer right from our article.
Chris M, Hunk du Jour: We're here with Michael DiMartino, from YouTube, who you've probably seen in that awesome Womanizer fan video where he signs the entire song... welcome, Michael!
Michael DiMartino: Thanks Chris!
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Chris M, Hunk du Jour: You released another video last week too, correct?
Michael DiMartino: Yes, thats right. If You Seek Amy, by Britney Spears
Chris M, Hunk du Jour: Ahh, yes! So that's an interesting song in that if you hear someone SAYING "If You Seek Amy" it's quite a different effect than if you're just reading it on a page (or seeing it signed, I imagine.)
Michael DiMartino: Right. There is definitely the acronym for an obsenity that everyone has become aware of. When I first thought about doing the song I struggled with that.
As an interpreter I had to figure out how to put the MEANING of the song (the obscenity, the sexual undertone) without losing the gimmick of the song's phrase "If you Seek Amy." I decided to play with the idea of a girl named amy leaving me a note in bed, and chasing her throughout the video. And using a split screen to sign the two phrases "If You Seek Amy" and "F U * K Me"
Name: Joseph Corella
Vitals: 26, 5'6", 140 lbs.
Residence: New York City
This is actually Joseph's second HDJ appearance. His first was last Friday, when he was one of the Friday TPiR guys (and based on the poll numbers, a fan favorite)! We talk to him about his acting career, his connection with the Pussycat Dolls, and what he plans to do with a dinette set.
It's a Hunk du Jour dream team on the cover of DNA this month... one of our favorites Alex Prinz appears in a spread by another fave, Dean Stockings! The boys sent me these thoughts about the experience, enjoy!
Dean Stockings: Alex Prinz and I had been aware of each others work from various publications and websites and contacted each other to see how we could work together on a project. Alex had limited time, and I was in the process of renovating a flat, so it was going to be difficult to fit a test shoot in. I then had the idea of actually combining the renovation with the shoot, and working with the mess that was around me at the time, rather than trying to disguise it! Alex had done a bit of decorating himself in the past, so I persuaded him it would be a good idea to give me a hand and do a shoot at the same time. I promised him a few beers and some decent shots in return and so we set a date later the following week.
As you can see, it was a very worthwhile project, and every shot was worthy of going to print. Once the beer started to take effect, Alex peeled off the decorating gear, and it soon turned into a really hot shoot. Once we had sent the images out to try and place them, we realised we were onto something good and had the pick of several magazines who wanted to publish them, but eventually placed them with DNA magazine, and you can see more of the set in issue 111, out now.
Alex Prinz: This was actually my first ever shoot with Dean, and one of my first ever to start my modelling career. Originally it was a test, but we quickly realised that we clicked, and were going to produce some great stuff. We shot it in the summer of 2008 in Dean's house on the south coast of England. First thing with Dean, get the kettle on, shortly followed by music, a brief of what we are trying to create, and then we get down to work. Its really that easy, and it works. Two sessions, two covers (DNA & reFRESH)- I say no more, the man is talented behind the lenses! Dean was renovating at the time of this shoot, so I thought I'd give him a hand, and that became the story of the pictures.
Dean promises that once their hectic schedules clear up a bit, you can expect to see more from this dynamic duo! I know we can't wait!
Check out our awesome exclusive chat with UK cutie Jake Hook -- where he dishes about his career, the transition from the pop world, future plans and streaking in France.
Jake has a passion for his music, a love of adventure and mischief, while being a truly nice guy at the core. Meet him, after the jump!
Michael Brent has been getting more and more attention on the web lately, so we caught up with him for a little Q&A to ask him some incredibly topical and hard-hitting questions!
...ok, maybe it was more like what his favorite movies are, getting swindled at age 14 by a faux agency, and how awkward of a teenager he was.
At any rate, it was a very fun conversation - I hope you enjoy it too!
We're so privileged to get in touch with some stellar photographers whose work we really admire. Photographer Bradford Rogne sent over these photos from his LASC campaign, featuring Jakub Stefano. He was also nice enough to answer a few of our questions in this exclusive Q&A!
How did you get connected with Jakub for the shoot?
Jakub and I actually connected thru MySpace, and decided we wanted to eventually work on a project together. He emailed me in January to let me know he'd be back in LA soon, so when this opportunity came up, I thought he'd be perfect! And he was!
What did it take for you to capture the mid-air shots of Jakub?
Well, I went out and got a trampoline for the shoot. But, little did I know how high Jakub can jump on his own. No trampoline required! Even with a basketball injury, he was able to stay in the air thru-ought the shoot, no problem. So, if anyone wants to buy a trampoline... :-)
What is your favorite photo from the campaign?
I have so many favorite images from the shoot. One of them is the jumping photo with the green tank top, yellow shorts and purple high tops. [ Ed - see the shot below! ] It's just a fun shot, and really captures the essence of what I wanted to get from the shoot.
What is the next project we can expect to see from you?
I'll have behind the scenes video and bonus photos for you this week, from my shoot with Instinct Magazines April 2009 cover shoot. I'll also have an undiscovered face for you to enjoy. A blue eyed Columbian beauty. Check back soon!
Photographer Dean Stockings and covermodel Simone Lucioli got caught up in the bitter winter storm last month in London, nearly missing the deadline for the reFRESH magazine cover they were shooting! In this Hunk du Jour exclusive, I asked Dean how the cover ended up coming together:
Dean Stockings: This shoot took place during the week of snow we had in the UK back at the beginning of February. It was due to take place on 2nd, but London, and most of the country, came to a complete stand still... Very frustrating when you have a couple of hot guys lined up for a reFRESH cover shoot! By mid afternoon we realised that there was no way we were going to be able to all get together, either by rail road or air, so we reluctantly postponed. Finally the snow began to melt and we were able to rearrange the shoot for the Wednesday.
As the deadline was Thursday we knew we were cutting it fine, but there was nothing we could do. It still took Simone and Pierpaolo about two hours longer than usual to get here, and Simone had an important client booking for hair and make-up that evening, so we knew we were going to be really pushed for time. We kept in contact via phone, and Simone decided it would be best if they could do their hair and make-up on the train to save time when they got here - luckily that was going to be Simones job all along, so he had everything he needed, and set to on the train in a quiet corner, although several commuters were still giving them funny looks apparently!
As soon as the guys arrived, we rushed down to the studio at the bottom of my garden and got down to getting the desired cover shot. It was very brief, but with some cool underwear and a couple of sizling hot models, it's amazing how little time you need...
Such a great cover -- we would have never guessed about the adventure leading up to it's creation! Special thanks to Dean Stockings for this exclusive insight!
If you are a fan of our site, then you know how much we love our aussieBums. Well we now have something from Australia that we love just as much! We spotted Matt Clifton on the FOX show Hole In The Wall and had to learn more about him.
Enjoy this exclusive interview, and be sure to look for him Sunday on FOX.
Current Location: Hollywood, CA
Originally From: Australia
Relationship Status: Single
How long have you been in the U.S. and what brought you here?
I have been in L.A. since May 2007 and have yet to return home for a visit. I made the jump to the U.S. to further my career within the entertainment industry. Acting and modeling is not work for me, its fun, exciting and grants the opportunity to meet some amazing and influential people. It's a passion and one must make extreme sacrifices to follow their dream.
Will Wikle may have started out on reality television on Big Brother, but he's up on the big screen now in Another Gay Sequel. This raunchy gay answer to teen sex comedies has headed off to the beach, and from the sound of it we aren't exactly talking about the next Frankie & Annette film.
Check out our exclusive interview with Will after the jump -- plus a link to a photo from this sultry photo shoot he did with photographer Rick Day that is even too hot for HDJ!
Salt Lake City is gearing up for GayBowl VIII and Hunk du Jour is on the scene with this collection of excellent photos from Dav.d Daniels, along with an exclusive chat with organizer Mark Barr... check it out!