Never Stand Still: Terry Crews Keeps Lifting and Laughing

The iron-pumping Expendables star lives each day like it’s his last -- he trains like that too.

Q&A With Terry Crews

It’s one of his first days on the set
 of Who Wants to Be a Millionaireand he has just welcomed a new contestant, Josh. Crews is wide-eyed and laughing hysterically as he wraps both arms around Josh in an aggressive bear hug, screaming, “I love you!” at the top of his lungs.

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Josh’s adrenaline spikes; he’s out of breath, red-faced, and mirrors the host’s euphoria. He shakes as he laughs. The hundreds in attendance are laughing and smiling now. The whole studio becomes an echo chamber of pure, unbridled joy, with Crews at the epicenter. It’s a wild and chaotic scene—and borderline insane when you consider that amid all this sidesplitting laughter, not one funny thing has actually happened.

If you spend any amount of time in a room with Crews, though, you’ll realize that the frenzy on Millionaire is typical of the kind of scene he creates wherever he goes. His lust for life can give anyone a contact high. You hear all the time about people with no “off” switch—but Crews gives new meaning to the term.

You probably know Crews’ story—especially if you’ve been reading M&F for the past few years—the unlikely rags-to-riches tale of an aspiring artist from Flint, MI, who skipped around the NFL for seven years before breaking into film, ultimately starring in three Expendables films and counting, conquering YouTube with the batshit craziness of his Old Spice ads, and now, entering daytime TV at the helm of a syndicated game show.

Hearing Crews speak about his journey from Flint to the red carpets of Hollywood is just as fascinating as hearing him talk about training and diet, which he does at length in this, his fourth M&F cover story—while offering an extra-strength dose of tough love for Internet haters.

A word of warning before you read on: You might want to put on your training gear first. By the time Crews is done motivating you, you’re going to want to run through a brick wall, bench-press a house, or grab a stranger and shout, “I love you, man!”