David Mann has turned his attention from Nicole Curtis to the gentleman in the Dos Equis beer commercials touted as “The Most Interesting Man in the World.”
Mann, who describes what he does for a living as “I buy homes and I fix them up,” says he is now that man. In 2012, Mann’s passion for renovation conflicted sharply with that of Zen Curtis’ on her DIY Network “Rehab Addict.” He said he won’t be back on that show because he didn’t get along with Curtis.
Keep reading and you will see how he could get on anybody’s nerves. Mann worked mine by never following through on recreating the urinating boy of Brussels statue with David’s face. “Sorry that I did not fulfill my end,” he said in an e-mail this week.
No matter. After he heralded himself as the most interesting person in the Twin Cities, maybe the world, while taunting me for never interviewing anyone interesting, I took the bait. I interviewed him at his Minneapolis home in March — there was snow on the ground, as you will see in my startribune.com/video — and waited for him to finish the statue, which he never did.
Be forewarned that Mann likes to shock.
“Do you think I look like Madonna? Everybody says I do. When I sing ‘Like a Virgin’ and ‘Material Girl,’ the boys just love it,” said the Mann who calls himself beautiful. He has a fiancée, a woman. I’ve never seen her; he claims she’s media-shy.
He certainly isn’t. “I’m a little screwy for Minneapolis. People don’t know how to deal with me,” said Mann. “People say they have never seen a home that embodies [the owner’s personality so completely].”
Q Have you invited Nicole Curtis over to see this house?
A Nicole Curtis has been banished from this home.
Q Have you always been creative?
A I believe I’ve been creative all my life, but right now I think for some reason my synapses are going off and I just think the last couple of years I really started to peak.
Q From where does your interior design inspiration come?
A For many years I dated an interior designer, but he went away to the nut house and I haven’t quite seen him yet. I picked up a little there.
Q Where else? You have a real distinctive style, and style is something a lot of people might be surprised you possess.