June 24, 2002

Porn Star Interview: Mark Dalton



BY VINCENT LAMBERT

There is nothing more American than an overnight success story. You know, the rag-to-riches kind that can only happen in this fabulous land of crass opportunism. Think Madonna, think Britney, think...Mark Dalton. Yes, it was less than a year ago that this adorable Texas boy seemed to enter the gay collective unconscious at a moment’s notice with his dance appearances, magazine covers and muscle-worship videos. Now, the 22-year-old self-proclaimed “country boy” is ready to make his Gay Pride debut from high atop the HX float. “I’ve never even been to Gay Pride before,” Dalton admits in his sexy Southern drawl. “It should be fun.” So, New York, get ready to stand up and salute the stunning stud. Mark Dalton is here to live out the great American (wet) dream.

Mark, it seems like you just came out of nowhere, that suddenly everyone just knew who you were.
I did. About a year ago, I was dancing at the Gaiety and hanging out at Exit on a Sunday morning. I was approached by a photographer to model for the cover of a local gay rag. The rest is history.
What were you doing before that?
I was doing nothing, literally. I was living with Mom and Dad in Texas, sleeping on the couch while my mom yelled, “Get a job!” I was waiting, though. I didn’t know what I was gonna do, whether I was gonna play pro football or be a wrestler or a model, but I knew I was gonna do something with my body.
Did it ever occur to you that you might become a porn star?
No, not really. I had played semi-pro football with a Texas team. I was in a couple of Tough Man competitions on FX. So I knew it was gonna be something with my body, but porn, no.
How did you end up dancing and modeling?
One of my buddies had done a couple of Muscle Hulk videos and posed for Colt. He told me about this field, and I thought, if he could do it, then I could do it.
And when was the first time you got naked for the camera?
That would be when I went to L.A. about a year ago and was shot for Playgirl.
Was that hard to do?
Nah, I’m good in front of the camera. I’m better at that than just talking. I can be kinda shy. In fact, my manager always tells me that in real life I’m kinda boring. (laughs)
And what was the reaction to those first pictures?
It was huge, phenomenal. In fact, I was just named as one of the top-100 sexiest men ever in the history of Playgirl’s 35 years. I was number 41 and the youngest! That was amazing to me.
How do you explain your popularity?
It’s because I don’t look like the norm of someone who does what I do. What makes me different is that I look too innocent—not that I am. (laughs) But I look like a little preppy boy doing all this stuff, so that makes me stand out.
Not to mention your amazing bod. Do you work out constantly?
I work out five or six times a week, about an hour a day. I do one body part a day. I do very little cardio, if any. My diet consists of lots of protein and low carbs. I eat steak, chicken, fish and a lot of sushi. That is my favorite food in the world.
Okay, so then you moved on to video work.
Yeah, I have done a bunch of solo stuff. For Vista Video, I did the movies Body Storm and Idols. For MuscleHunks.com, I did Naughty Texan 1 and 2. For MuscleGods, I did The Model. And I’m really excited about the new one for Pacific Sun. That was the most elaborate, expensive production. It’s called Ranch Hand Muscle.
How did you get your porn name?
Well, when I worked for Vista Video, they told me my body looked like Mark Wahlberg’s, so that is where Mark came from. And another company came up with Dalton, and that was Patrick Swayze’s name in the movie Roadhouse, so I liked that.
You have done a lot of solos, but do you think you’ll progress to some, er, harder sexual activity?
Well, right now, I will leave that open. Let’s put it this way: If you asked me a year ago if I would be doing some of the things I’m doing now, I would say no way. So, you never know.
Can we discuss your personal life? Are you single?
Yeah, I’m not in a relationship. I travel too much. I’m always gone. I don’t expect anyone to put up with that. And especially because of what I do, how could I expect anyone to sit around and wait for me?
Have you ever been involved?
Yeah, and it’s nice to have someone to call every night and say I love you. I miss that.
And would the person on the other end of the phone be a man or a woman?
Well, let’s just say that all my gay friends think I’m straight and all my straight friends think I’m gay. Or, you could say that I’m the straightest gay guy in the world or the gayest straight guy in the world.
Huh? Well, that will certainly give our readers something to ponder. So anyway, what’s next?
I’m working on my Web site. Matthew Rush is gonna be doing something with me for that. A lot of doors have opened to me that I never thought possible. There are so many opportunities, I just want to stay open. I’m along for the ride.
Do you see porn superstardom in your future?
Anything I do, I want to be the best. If I can only be second-best, then I don’t want to do it. So, if I decide I want to do this, then I want to be the number-one guy. It may sound cocky, but it’s not. I’m just willing to work harder.
Since this is our patriotic issue, do you have any feelings you’d like to share about New York?
Well, I lived in New York for about six months when I was 18 to do some modeling. It was very different from my hillbilly town, but I liked it. Then when 9/11 happened, it was a real bad deal. No one would expect that.
Did it change your feelings about this city and country?
No, I’ve always been patriotic. I didn’t need that to bring it out. I’m a Texas boy at heart. I mean, just like there is no place like New York, there is no place like Texas. I love it there. My family is there, and I’m real close to my mom and dad and my granny. Every Sunday we have barbecue at Granny’s, and we even eat apple pie. Can’t get more American than that! (laughs)

Reprinted from
HX magazine (2002)

2 comments:

iluvu said...

i love mark dalton to the bone i want to shag him everywhere

Anonymous said...

hahaha
i love the way that what he was saying showed he qas quote down to earth
then 'iluvu' posted:
'i want to shag him everywhere'
haha