Joe Manganiello covers the new issue of Men’s Health Mag UK. I can’t find a decent sized cover, so I’m sorry, but not really because you still get to enjoy these photos of Joe and they are amazing. Amazing in a really gross way. Like, I enjoy big, tall man. I enjoy built, muscle-y men. But I loathe that particular ‘roided-up look that some big, muscled men get and Joe has that look. The photo of his back as he climbs that rock… it made me sick. Just the thought of that on top of me… that’s disgusting. But Joe thinks he’s awesome. Joe thinks the ladies love this. Joe thinks that what ladies really want is another Arnold Schwarzenegger!
In the interview, Joe revealed that working with bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger was a dream come true, and he is more than flattered to be in consideration to be his heir.
He said: ‘Arnie was a hero to me. He’s the reason why every guy of our generation started going to the gym. To film with him for four months was awesome. And he still trains every morning.’
The 65-year-old actor even gave his successor some tips on how to make his muscles look even bigger in pictures.
Joe recalled: ‘We had a photoshoot for the movie poster. I was wearing a sleeveless top, crossing my arms and flexing.
‘Arnold came in and said, “I see you’re flexing your biceps. Don’t do that. Keep it loose and with crossed arms put the other hand back to push the muscle forward – you’ll get an extra three inches.”‘
When True Blood star Joe was cast in Sabotage alongside is A-List action legend hero Arnie, he knew he had to get into the best shape of his life for the role.
And speaking about his workout regime, Joe: ‘My first season on True Blood was about cutting down my mass – getting more ripped. Then it was more about levelling out the physical symmetry. When making the film with Schwarzenegger, I went through a powerlifting phase – I put on 9kg, so my bodyweight was up to 113kg. Now, I want to be a great athlete. It’s about becoming stronger, fitter and faster.’
And talking about pushing himself for the part, Joe said: ‘I’m not 18 anymore. But you won’t hear me saying that, because me at 36 would destroy me as a teenager. In my mid-thirties I’m making bigger gains than I’ve ever made in my life.’
Yeah, he looks huge. TOO huge. You could make the argument that he’s doing it for himself and not for the ladies and that it’s his choice, etc. But I just know there are some ladies who are going to see these photos (especially that gross one of his back) and they’ll think, “OH YES.” Which is also fine, but it’s so foreign to me. I don’t understand that at all. My type is tall, thin, dark-haired, light-eyed men with accents so whatever THIS is… it’s not doing anything for me.
Photos courtesy of Men’s Health UK.