Luke Cage Villain is Vegan

Actor Mustafa Shakir—who portrays John “Bushmaster” McIver on the popular Netflix series—fuels his on-screen stunts with fruit, vegetables, and beans.


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Actor Mustafa Shakir, known for his role as villain John “Bushmaster” McIver in season two of Netflix hit series Luke Cage, recently revealed that he is a “strict” vegan. Portraying the Marvel character, a Jamaican gang leader known for his street-fighting skills, requires Shakir to adhere to a strict exercise regimen and diet—which, for Shakir, is comprised of whole-food plant-based foods such as raw fruit and vegetables, beans, and nuts. “Some ask me, ‘Is it hard being vegan/eating well?’” Shakir recently posted on Instagram, stating that sustaining a vegan lifestyle with junk food is also possible. “To those people that wonder I say ‘Would you put regular unleaded gas in your Bentley?’ [Probably] not.” The actor admits that he follows a health-focused plant-based diet 85 percent of the time but will sometimes opt for French fries.