LAist Interview: Dan Clark aka Nitro of the American Gladiators
Dan Clark was a brutal force on the football field and in the Gladiator arena. In his book Gladiator: A True Story of 'Roids, Rage and Redemption, which he will be signing copies of tonight at Book Soup, the man better known to many as Nitro, gives a brutally honest account of his life and 20 year love affair with steroids.
The former Gladiator's story, which starts with him as a young boy searching for identity while being bounced between parents, relatives and regions of the world, will hit you harder and faster than any tennis ball Nitro ever shot out of the Assault cannon. Clark, a writer who has penned numerous screenplays, hooks the reader early on with the stories of his unimaginable childhood, including an account of his older brother Randy's death by electrocution which Clark saw with his own ten-year-old eyes. That day, Clark writes "made me who I am today."
Clark holds nothing back in the book which details his incredible journey to superstardom, as a chemically-enhanced larger-than-life figure in pop culture to his present day life which he describes in Gladiator's final chapter as "a father, a student, a teacher, a writer, and a fully conscious human being who can feel."
"I'm a deep motherfucker, not what you'd expect from a guy who used to wear spandex for a living," explains Clark who has been busy doing interviews to promote the book. "I just finished doing an interview with Billy Bush, and the guy kept asking me about my balls. When I was sitting down writing about Testicular atrophy, I didn't really think about how that would play out. I didn't have the foresight to envision a scenario where I would be asked a series of questions about my balls by Billy Bush."
After the jump, Clark answers to series of non-ball related questions.