Joe Manganiello on taking it off for ‘True Blood’: “It’s not gratuitous; it’s realistic.”

Joe Manganiello covers the March issue of OUT magazine to promote his roles as a werewolf in HBO’s “True Blood” and male exotic dancer in the upcoming Magic Mike. The article is aptly titled “From Wolf to Stripper,” but of course, he takes it off for both roles. While “True Blood” has achieved relative cable longevity (Manganiello was recently signed for five more seasons — probably as an option contract since the show has only truly been confirmed for one more season), I’m not so sure that Magic Mike will even make the slightest impact at theaters. Manganiello plays a dancer named “Big D*ck Richie,” and the rest of the movie (you can see some stills, including Matthew McConaughey as stripper ringleader, here) looks just as ridiculously awful. And not in a good way either. I just don’t see a market for male stripper movies even when they star Channing Tatum.

At any rate, Manganiello comes off pretty well in his OUT interview. He seems rather humble and truly grateful to act for a living:

On showing his butt for “True Blood”: With his brooding romance-novel looks, he became an instant sex symbol when he debuted in 2010 (he has since signed on for five more seasons). The fact that he sheds his clothes to transform into lupine form doesn’t hurt matters. Manganiello views this as pragmatism rather than an extension of creator Alan Ball’s gay sensibility. “As far as the butt cheek stuff goes, it just makes sense. It’s not gratuitous; it’s realistic. If you’re a werewolf and you transform, you lose everything and there are your butt cheeks. The show is a deconstruction of supernatural creatures. It’s not like other werewolf projects, where you magically reappear with tiny jean shorts on.”

On the “True Blood” gig: “I love my job so much. It utilizes each part of my eclectic personality. There’s the kid who loves monsters, and I can be athletic, but I also love history and I can research wolves and Southern dialects. The dialogue is so rich — it’s Tennessee Williams with Chekhovian layers — and that fulfills my bookwormy playwright side. I’m so fortunate. Plus, I get to have a beard all the time.”

He really is a lone wolf: “I travel too much for pets. I used to have two dogs, but, um, the owner of the dogs moved out.” He is chagrined to have revealed any of his private life, but admits, “I’m single. Yeah, I used to not like being alone, but I dig it, man.”

On his musclebound physique: “True Blood” was Manganiello’s big break, but after his first season, he was broke. He spent all of his earnings on a personal trainer (the same one who whipped Hugh Jackman into Wolverine shape) to transform him into an athletic dynamo. “If I was on ‘roids, I would be this monster. That’s not the goal. I like working hard. It’s my letter of gratitude to Alan Ball for giving me this opportunity. Vampires are animated corpses. They can get away with not looking like they go to a gym. I’m a wild animal — that’s how I should look.”

Did he stuff to play Big D*ck Richie? “Um, I’ll let everybody see the movie and they can decide,” he says sheepishly. He insists that no waxing was involved, however. “I don’t have any body hair. It stops at my neck. I’m part Sicilian and Armenian.”

He worked with a former stripper as research: “All the guys he worked with were dead or in rehab, but it was the time of his life — this insanely destructive lifestyle, this club life. It was sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll… and getting paid to take your clothes off and have sex.” Manganiello promises Magic Mike will incorporate all of the complexities of the grind. “There are a lot of drugs, the overdosing, the depraved lifestyle, but on the other side, it’s hilarious.”

[From Out Magazine]

He does have a certain point about werewolf stories these days, and it’s rather ridiculous that the Twilight wolves rip off their shirts before wolfing out, but no one ever sees them in human form when they’re not wearing their jean cutoffs. Then again, there’s age appropriateness to consider, and the Twilight wolves are mostly teenagers. Besides, no one really wants to see Taylor Lautner’s bum, right? But there seems to be quite a hefty audience for Manganiello’s butt cheeks.

As far as the photoshoot goes, OUT readers have already complained about a lack of hotness in these pictures. Still, Manganiello is a (relatively) furry sight to behold:

Photos courtesy of OUT

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  1. Veruca says:

    WHY is he wearing clothes in all of these pictures?


    • Maguita says:

      Veruca, I’m with you 100%

      That guy needs to walk around with his shirt off. Whenever, wherever, so I can take him seriously. That is, so I can lust after him seriously.

      And just to be clear, the whole True Blood story lines have gotten gratuitous. Last season was quite badly written. There was no chemistry whatsoever between Sookehh and Eric. And I cheered when all those people got killed… Except for Lafayette’s boyfriend. I liked him.

      So, Manganiello, please keep your shirt OFF sir, if you want me to read anything about you.

      Sincerely, Hornita Maguita

      • Veruca says:

        “Hornita Maguita” —

        I’m still wiping off the beverage that I spit all over my monitor.

        Thanks for making my morning. And yes, it should be law that Joe be at least half naked at all times.

      • Maguita says:

        Sorry about your screen! But maybe I should come with some sort of warning when discussing hunky Manganiello, something with a label that “I may not be liable for my horny ways, and certain comments should not be read while operating a mouth full of liquid. Might cause aggressive panting, accelerated heartbeat, and in certain cases, mild eye-ball-to-skull fainting reaction. A cold shower might be necessary and immediate treatment.”

      • phlyfiremama says:

        Hornita Maguita, you are one of my new heroes. I applaud your wit, and knowledge in general, and your ability to turn a phrase. *Tips hat

      • Maguita says:

        Why thank you kind lady!

        Just an excuse to translate my horny-ness into a bit of an art form 😉

    • lina says:

      He is SO beautiful! Hottest man on True Blood!

  2. Photo JoJo says:

    I don’t care how craptastic Magic Mike is, I will shell out $10 for this movie opening weekend. He’s that hot. And my gay friends are comin’ too.

    • DreamyK says:

      Right? As far as I’m concerned, they don’t even need to have dialogue in Magic Mike. The thoughts that will be running through my head as I watch it will be far more entertaining (to me) than any script they may have.

      June 2012! Whoo-Hoooo!

    • Maguita says:

      Photo JoJo, ever been to a male strippers club?

      Been in there once, still cannot get over the embarrassment, so cannot wait to see how the movie will compare!

    • launicaangelina says:

      I am there too! I don’t care, I’ll go watch this hot mess and love it.

  3. heatheradair says:

    Heh. “Before wolfing out” is my new favorite phrase. Need to find a way to work that into a phone conversation at work today………

    • the original bellaluna says:

      I would love to be sitting next to the person you’re on the phone with when you slip that in – just to see the look on their face. 😀

      • heatheradair says:

        I’m not sure I could pull it off without getting the giggles myself, actually. especially thinking of neanderthal twi-geeks in denim shorts ripping their shirts off (always while RUNNING)…..

    • Maguita says:

      How about I haven’t waxed in 3 months. Yeah, I’m wolfing out…

    • Naye in VA says:

      I think it needs to be a command. Like when i say “wolf out” it means rip all those unnecessary clothes off of your adonis body and ravage me.

      too much?

  4. the original bellaluna says:

    I don’t care if it’s gratuitous or what…he’s got an ass you could bounce a quarter off of, and I wanna see MORE of it!

  5. Stubbylove says:

    Dirty Joe…dirty dirty lovely Joe.

  6. LeeLoo says:

    Now I am angry that there will NOT be gratuitous nudity. I want to see gratuitous nudity on that man.

    EDIT: My gay classmate just looked over my shoulder and is now excited to see Joe on the cover of Out. He says that he doesn’t care what anyone says he is totally gay and if not he’d love a shot to change his mind. :-p

  7. Jesse says:

    This meathead is the furthest thing from humble. I’ve had the displeasure of meeting him a couple times in Pittsburgh where he’s from. Someone needs to smack him and tell him he’s a crap actor and completely useless apart from his overdone abs.

    • Maguita says:

      sigh, thank you for ruining the fantasy Jesse.

      I’ve watched him on TMZ, and he sounds really cheesy… Like Nick Lachey Fromage.

      But, and a big BUTT here, I’d still watch him run around naked. And hopefully he’ll have a good love interest soon, so we can see him in “action” and compare it to Beihhhll.

    • The Original Mia says:

      I can try to take up a collection if you’ll do this exact thing. He grates.

    • HadleyB says:

      I don’t care for him, love True Blood and there’s an arrogant air or something about him I can’t pinpoint .. it’s like he thinks he is sooo hot and everyone wants him.. sure many think so but I don’t find him attractive at all.

      I dislike all his pictures trying to look overly sexy , his acting sucks, and usually I am attracted to dark hair/dark eyes and dislike blondes but I am very attracted to Alexander S for some reason .. his air, his confidence.. but this guy. ugh.

    • JM says:

      Wow! I met him at a fan event when he’d just started on TB and he was super nice and accomodating. If what you say is true, about the arrogance, then he must be a better actor than I thought.

      Personally, I’m tired of TB using “male nudity” for ratings. Let’s be honest here. We’re not seeing anything but bums and the writing has become so craptastic even those shots can’t make up for it. I waited all S4 for a peek at the Gracious Plenty but no such luck. These male actors say they get naked but TB still short changes us ladies.

      Now Game of Thrones….

    • Jaye says:

      Way to ruin the fantasy, Jesse. I find it really difficult to “get it up” for asshats. Ah, well…there’s still The Skarsgard.

  8. Johanna says:

    I think someone on this website described his acting to the equivalent of witnessing paint dry & now that’s all I think of when I see him.

  9. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    😳 YUM! But he is a little full of himself and the way he referenced his broken engagement was weird as well.

  10. Maguita says:

    I’d rather Momoa. Just so to momoan at his abs a bit, and his dirty-dirty boy looks.

    Bedhead, sorry for posting so much… Obviously, Manganiello got me going. Better than a whipped-cream mochaccino.

  11. Ron says:

    Swoon. I saw him on the lot working on True Blood. I seriously got flushed and blushed so hard. My friend I was with laughed so hard she was bent over. That never happens to me, he’s hotter than hell.

  12. Sydney says:

    I think the stripper film will be more popular than you anticipate. With that line up, I’d definitely go and see it.

    • Happy21 says:

      Yeah, I’m thinking it might do pretty good too. I might need to go see it and bring all of my friends with me. I’m sure that will be what a lot of women (and gay men) think.

  13. rufustfirefly says:

    Joe is really nice to look at, but he gives off a serious douchey vibe, IMHO. The guy retweets all his compliments and fangirl gushings. He doesn’t have to do that.

    I’m with you, Asli. I’m not above begging. Pllleeeeeeeezzzeeee more Askars? Momoa wouldn’t hurt my feelings either. He may be dumb as a box of hair, but dayum is that boy fun to look at!

  14. Maguita says:

    Haha! I don’t know if this is politically correct, but someone had once said something that made me really choke, and it was during the time of #OccupyWallStreet.

    She said about Momoa, that boy is so fine, coming AND going, that he needs to #OccupyMyVagina.

    I am so sorry, but it made me laugh so hard!

    • Maguita says:

      Permission granted, it’s not even mine!

      However, do use with caution, just like #OccupyWallStreet, it may lose stamina with time, and just becomes a dirty-dirty place 😉

  15. SFRowGuy says:

    I wish he would get realistic at my place.

  16. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    First, I really miss sex. LOL

    I drooled when he was on my beloved and soon to be defunct One Tree Hill. Didn’t think he was much of an actor and still don’t, but wholly shit is that man a piece of hotness.

    I am seriously reconsidering my three movies a year limit and going for Magic Mike. Ain’t nobody going there for the acting. I’m rounding up the gay besties and we’re gonna go, if I can make it to the states in time.

    • TheOriginalVictoria says:

      That is my rule. I plan ahead what I watch. I saw the Vow. Breaking Dawn is a shoe in because I stan for crappy ass Twilizzle and then my third movie is always and up for grabs type of thing, but I wasn’t going to use Magic Mike for that. lol.

      I haven’t gone to the movies consistently since 2004. I like to talk about the stars but I don’t like to pay them shit. I am really disillusioned with Hollywood. I know the shady and evil shit they do to their own and what their agenda is on promoting fuckery, so for me to go to a movie, it has to be very good or so craptastically bad that I need to feel better about myself if I am going to spend my hard earned cash.

  17. CitizenErased says:

    This guy is such a plank. I dearly hope he doesn’t get more airtime on TB this year, he bores the tits off me.

  18. ellcee says:

    does anyone else think the tattoo artist from the first shot looks a heck of a lot like casper smart?

  19. TQB says:

    Not for nothing, but the wolves on the Vampire Diaries also turn up nekkid…

  20. Allons - y Allonso says:

    people still watch True Blood?

    • Sal says:

      Considering its one of hbo’s biggest hits ever, and usually the highest rated show on cable the nights it airs, im gonna say yes.

    • Jesse says:

      Considering it’s one of HBO’s biggest hits ever, and that it’s usually the highest rated show on cable when it airs, I’m going to say…yes.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Do you not see the man-meat buffet they feature on that show?

      Good gawd! OF COURSE people are still watching True Blood!

      • Mourning the Death of Music says:

        I love that this show is such a massive sausage-fest. We ladies DO deserve programs like this. It makes up for all the Miss America Pageants and Victoria’s Secret programs.

    • Maguita says:

      Allons – Granted, the writing sucked rotten eggs the past two seasons. Granted, Sookeh and Behlll are not together anymore, but like @bellaluna said, the show is a smorgasbord of absolute man meat!

      The best, firmest, juiciest kind.

      And don’t we ladies deserve that from time to time? Just treat men for the eye-candy some can be?

      A REMINDER to all the TB fans: next season will be having SVU’s Meloni on the show. Yes ladies, the detective himself will be playing a vampire.

      If that is not reason enough to watch the show, I don’t know what is! Cannot wait to see Meloni sink his teeth, literally, and here’s hoping, into Eric Northman’s inner thigh.

      Yeah, just hose me down already.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Hose me down. Hose me down now. I’ll do you if you do me. (I meant hose me down, you naughty thing!) 😉

  21. Coral Sea says:

    Is that JLo’s baby boyfriend giving him a tat?

  22. NeoCleo says:

    Clothes on, clothes off. He’s just plain hot.

  23. Camille (The original) says:

    I don’t normally find his face all that attractive, but he looks good in these photos. Shame that he is fully clothes in them though :-\ lol.

  24. Johanna says:

    Ladies, this entire post has made my day. Non stop giggles over here. That Adam Levine thread had me rolling my eyes & I wish it would go away. I’ll be hitting refresh on this all day.

    • Chatcat says:

      Ah yes Adam Levine…did you see the pix where the hand is not over is breast but over his crotch? When a friend of mine shared it on FB my question was “does she have big hands?”

      • Johanna says:

        Were those pictures included in the post or did I miss them while my eyes were behind my head? He is such a… What’s the word I’m looking for?

      • Chatcat says:

        Johanna…no it wasn’t on this post but a friend on facebook had posted from this same photo shoot I guess and our banter was about the size of her “hand” as an indicator as to the size of his…ego? lol

  25. Chatcat says:

    Really, does anybody believe short of a handful of men in Hollywood, that there is any man of any real substance there? Yes he has a great body because he is paid to make it so…now if he is built like that, is smart, funny and has a quick wit, then that would be a real man to me! Both JM’s (him and Momoa) are nice front covers, but the book better be damn interesting from Table of Contents to Epiloge from me to have more then a fleeting sigh….so far not getting that from this guy (sighs in disappointment)…built is hot…smart and funny is sizzling!!!!!

    • Maguita says:

      Yes, yes, Ray Romano and Jerry Seinfeld are just sizzling…?

      • Chatcat says:

        Maguita please…you have gone to extremes on this thread today…there are good looking men who when they open their mouth and speak actually become sexier with their intelect, wit and humor! Eye candy is just that…eye candy…now eye candy that can engage your other senses as well…hmmmmmm

      • Maguita says:

        Chatcat, I really wish you wouldn’t take it upon you to police the thread. Although, in my defense, none of the other threads have inspired me much today, I should feel comfortable to comment on a thread as much, and as many times as I want. Or simply in regards to this particular one, as much as I feel inspired.

        You really did make me feel uncomfortable, and now I am heading to the comment policy to see if I have overstepped my bounds.

  26. Tania says:

    OMG Poor Tchekhov… I doubt he can name at least one of is plays. And to compare his work to “True Blood” is like… I can’t even. I hate it so much when people starring in crappy shows try to compare them to big literature.

    • Jen34 says:

      He went to Carnegie Mellon. He may act like a douche, but he probably has some intelligence. For a douche.

  27. UKHels says:

    this dude leaves me totally cold – all abs and no substance. His acting sucks

    and I only watch TB for Pam and Eric now – the Hotshot crap gets right on my nerves

    there’s not enough naked ASkars out there you know

  28. marie says:

    Wow, he is perfection….why is he wearing his shirt and pants for that matter? Is he gay??

  29. Mourning the Death of Music says:

    That third picture made me whimper.

  30. Mirella says:

    Alex will be at the Spirit Awards on Saturday. Maybe we’ll get some yummy Skars soon 🙂

  31. hoganbcmj says:

    He was already unbelievably buff before he was even cast on True Blood. Also, that cover shot is the worst.

    He should never put a shirt on. I love his attitude. Seems like he’s got a humbleness to him.

  32. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    I stopped watching True Blood when they made Tara gay. I didn’t like the hidden agenda and hypocrisy about the fluidity of sexuality.

    I do not have a problem with a gay storyline. I don’t have a problem with gay characters but I had a problem with that storyline for so many reasons, I won’t even get into it on here.

    And the writing all around has gotten tragic. Seasons 1 and two were great.

  33. FoxyReign says:

    How can you be such a beauty? My god!