Neal McDonough on 'Captain America', staying fit

Sat, Oct 22

"Captain America: The First Avenger" has grossed more than $350 million worldwide since hitting theaters in July. On Tuesday, the Blu-ray and DVD are set to be released.

And Neal McDonough, who plays Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan, is still talking smack about the making of that blockbuster superhero movie. He gained about 15 pounds of muscle for his role.

"Listen, I'm in better shape than all those guys!" said the 45-year-old McDonough, who must not have remembered that buff Chris Evans was the lead. "I could bench a house. I looked like a behemoth."

The film tells the story of Evans' Steve Rogers, a sickly New York man who is transformed into super soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. McDonough's Dugan was in his squad.

McDonough, who was born in Massachusetts, played college baseball at Syracuse "but I wanted to be an actor more." He was drafted and offered a contract by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he moved to Los Angeles to star in commercials and has appeared in more than 30 movies and TV shows.

And he still likes staying in shape.

"I have four kids who are always running around," McDonough said. "I don't want to be the daddy with the big belly."