The "shirtless Tongan guy," an Olympic fixture forever burned into our brains, cannot make a living by simply carrying his country's flag at every future Olympics. He'll get older. His muscles will sag one day. But that's why he's poised to take his glistening biceps to Hollywood, where he'll hopefully become a male model. It's the next logical step for a dude who has become one of the world's favorite human meat slabs.
TMZ caught up with the man -- whose real name is Pita Taufatofua -- at LAX, where he was wearing a shirt, despite his reputation for bare-chestedness. The tabloid publication prodded him about what he plans to do after the Olympics, and how he can harness his newfound fame to perhaps be shirtless in another venues.
"I've got a few things lined up, so we'll see what eventuates," he said. "At the end of the day, it's what can I do with it to encourage other people to have something positive in their life."