You've probably seen the YouTube, but have you read the article? (Eugene Mishin)
Long Island Bodybuilder Stars In DIRECTV Commercial
By Licia Avelar on March 31st, 2011
DIRECTV Commercial (Screen Shot)
So you have probably seen the DIRECTV commercial a million times, you know the one where a very wealthy man with a thick Russian accent lives a very “opulent,” luxurious life with plenty of beautiful women, a tiny giraffe, DIRECTV of course and his very own body builder pumping iron right next to him!
Well, guess what! That huge bodybuilder is from Long Island and he talked to the Press about the commercial, and his bodybuilding career.
Eugene Mishin, has been a Long Island resident for almost eight years now, after moving from Russia. The 290-pound muscle man resides in Nassau County and acts as a trainer, model and actor. He began bodybuilding as a teen and placed 4th in his very first competition.
“I started when I was 14,” the 35-year-old Russian bodybuilder told the Press.
As for acting, “I did some stuff in Russia when I was 24 years old,” Mishin said. “I do some stuff, like MTV sometimes calls me; a couple years ago I did about four Superbowl commercials.”
Eugene Mishin says he gets a lot of acting gigs through his fitness friends and other acquaintances in the industry. “When they need bodybuilders they call me,” Mishin said. That’s what helped Mishin land his most popular role yet, he said, and it wasn’t easy.
Mishin Filming The DirecTV Commercial
Out of over 200 bodybuilders auditioning for that role, Mishin was the one called back.
“I didn’t expect to get it,” he said.
Mishin began filming the commercial–one that would become one of DIRECTV’s most popular commercials to date–in Manhattan, this past January. He said wasn’t aware of the popularity it would receive and was surprised to see it pop up on ”almost every channel.”
Now, Mishin day’s consist of grueling workout routines as he prepares to compete in Orlando next month. But as far as his DIRECTV future, ”If they like me maybe, If they call me,” Said Mishin.
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