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Scott Brown interviewed on Leno’s show

By Michael Levenson
Globe Staff / January 28, 2010

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Forget health care. Forget cap and trade legislation. Scott Brown revealed tonight that he would pose nude for a magazine again, some 28 years after he bared nearly everything in the pages of Cosmpolitan Magazine.

“I’d probably have to do it for mature senior AARP Magazine,’’ the 50-year-old senator-elect from Massachusetts said as he made an appearance on the Jay Leno Show. “So a little different now.’’

Brown bantered with Leno about his favorite movies (“Rocky’’ and “Rambo’’), his declaration on national television that his daughters are “available,’’ and how he thinks he would fare in a basketball game against President Obama.

“I’ll take my daughter Ayla, who plays for Boston College, and we will challenge him on a little two-on-two,’’ said Brown, a former guard on the Tufts University basketball team, appearing via video from Boston. “I think we’d have the upper hand.’’

Brown’s appearance was a sure sign that he has officially arrived on the national scene. Others who have appear on the segment -- dubbed “10@10’’ – in which guests answer 10 questions from Leno – have included Michelle Obama, Justin Timberlake and Lebron James.

Brown’s appearance was a chance for him to show that he can poke fun at himself. In the days since his stunning election victory over Attorney General Martha Coakley, the once little-known Republican from Wrentham has taken his fair share of ribbing from late-night comedians.

Jon Stewart had lamented on the Daily Show that: “The Kennedy legacy goes down to a naked guy who owns a truck.’’

Conan O’Brien, joking about Brown’s comment that his daughters were available, said his slogan should have been “Scott Brown: Creepy for Massachusetts, Creepy for America.’’

Last night, Leno, who is originally from Andover, joked with Brown that “we’re both from Massachusetts and both known for our good looks.’’ And when Brown boasted of his workout routine, saying he runs, bikes, and swims five or six times a week, Leno quipped: “God, that’s another thing we have in common. This is unbelievable.’’

Brown answered most of Leno’s questions seriously, however, recalling how he was once arrested as a 12-year-old for shoplifiting records in his “farmer jeans’’ and was set straight by a judge who reprimanded him and ordered him to write a 1,500-word essay.

“I haven’t done anything like that since,’’ Brown said.

Recalling Brown’s comment that his daughters were “available,’’ Leno asked Brown if they were A) embarrassed, B) they laughed it off, or C) got phone calls from John Edwards.

“I would have to go with ‘B’ they laugh it off. And then they yelled at me,’’ Brown said, sidestepping the controversy surrounding Edwards and the child he fathered out of wedlock.

Brown said his favorite movies were “Rocky" and “Rambo’’ and he ventured, at Leno’s prompting, a favorite line from the classic story of the underdog boxer. “Adrian, Adrian,’’ Brown said. “We did it. I did it.’’