Joe Manganiello disrespects True Blood: Alcide became ‘one dimensional’ (spoilers)

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Spoilers follow for season 7 episode 3 of True Blood, which aired last night
I read this interview yesterday before I watched the latest episode of True Blood with the shocker ending. In light of the latest plot development, Joe Manganiello’s sort-of sour grapes make more sense.

Spoiler… Alcide got shot dead by a vigilante hiding in the woods. While Sookie was crouching over his body, Jessica offered to turn Alcide for her. Sookie answered “No, I’ve been down that road before.” I assume she was referring to Tara’s death. Unlike when Tara met the true death, which wasn’t even on camera, we got to see Sookie mourning Alcide as the others looked on. He seems to be truly gone. I can’t say I’m broken up about it.

Sidenote: I was worried about Sam’s fate. He was the other dog and it looked like one of the hep-v vamps staked him before he ran away. Sam appears fine in the preview they aired for next week’s episode though. Phew.

So Alcide is off True Blood less then halfway through the last season. People’s Hottest Bachelor sounds a little sore about his character’s story arc. Manganiello called it “one dimensional” in a recent interview with Digital Spy:

“I thought it was very one dimensional,” he said. “There was a whole plotline that was cut from the show that dealt with Alcide and his father, played by Robert Patrick.”

For much of the HBO drama’s fifth and sixth seasons, Alcide spent large periods away from other main characters, as he took on responsibilities as a pack leader.

He continued: “We switched showrunners and one of the casualties was the loss of that storyline which I thought added balance, because without that storyline it came off as mindless yelling. Beating up a pack of girls? I’m a big guy, I just don’t see how beating up a pack of 100lb girls is good. I just thought it was kind of crazy.

On returning to the main plot for its final season, he said: “In my first couple of seasons on the show, I worked with the main cast.

“Then as time went on, I wound up on this satellite werewolf offshoot TV show, that was part of the show, but away from the main plot. I was happy with season seven because I got to come back to the main cast and work with those people again, and felt like I was part of the show.”

Manganiello also said that the show’s finale may be shocking to fans: “It’s gonna wrap up all the plotlines, in hopefully a satisfying way for the fans, going all the way back to season one.”

[From Digital Spy]

It’s true that the werewolves were rather one dimensional, but so were a lot of other plotlines and characters on that show and it wasn’t limited to last season. The maenad, the yokels in hot shot, the pro-shifter kids, they were all pretty flat. Plus, Manganiello brings no subtlety to that character. He grunts his lines and generally seems wooden. Compare him to Sam Merlotte, who seems to have some depth to him. You can even compare him to Jason, who is an idiot but manages to come across as lovable. It’s Manganiello’s acting which is one note.

I found another recent interview that Manganiello did with Vulture. He’s promoting a documentary he directed about male strippers called La Bar. Plus he’s in the Magic Mike sequel, Magic Mike XXL, which comes out next summer. Manganiello talked about how he convinced True Blood producers to change a scene, and he also discussed filming his death scene. He said it was freezing out and that the scene was tough to film because he was naked except for a sock on his man parts. He thought “If I get through this, I’ll probably, hopefully, never have to do this again.” I don’t know, it seems like he’s going to be undressed in just about every role from here on out, so he shouldn’t count on it.

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  1. Lilacflowers says:

    Alcide was one-dimensional because Joe’s acting ability, unlike his body, is one-dimensional.

    • The Original Mia says:

      No lies detected.

    • Cricket says:

      I think Bill’s acting is worse…wish he would pick an accent and stick with it. If he wasn’t married to Anna would he even still be there?

      • InVain says:

        I agree about Bill….I just can’t with him. Anymore, Sookie too….

        Not enough Pam, Eric, Lafayette, and even Jessica (who I find interesting at times).

    • kimber says:

      Glad they won’t waste episodes of wolf drama. I fast forwarded all those scenes. Sorry but he’s not hot to me.

      Bill character wasnt cast well either…

    • mata says:

      Took the words right out of my mouth. Yes, they could have done more with the character, but I honestly haven’t seen anything to indicate Joe is capable of anything more.

  2. Lindy79 says:

    The writing on the show is pretty shit overall. I like that it’s silly and stupid but it’s so inconsistent. They’ve wasted so many opportunities with this show.

    It’s served it’s purpose which is setting up Sookeeeh and Beeeehhll, Urgh.

    • krtmom says:

      The show hasn’t been good in a long time. I watch it more out of loyalty since I’ve watched it from the beginning. I also want to see how they end it. The writers went out of control. Too many characters that no one cares about.

      • Kaye says:

        I agree. It bears hardly any resemblance to the first couple of seasons, much less to Charlaine Harris’ books, which I enjoyed.

        Basically at this point I’m hate watching it, but I’ll be there to the bitter end.

      • Lindy79 says:

        I’m the same, given that it’s the final season I’m watching it because’s Summer, there’s very little on and I kind of feel why stop now.

      • maybeiamcrazy says:

        I only watch it to ogle Alexander Skarsgard. Show is not consistent but the books weren’t really consistent too. Everything was/is all over the place in both versions.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Yeah, they lost me last season, after I’d stood by them since the beginning. I’ll catch up online when I have the time.

  3. grabbyhands says:

    I have to say, I don’t think he was disrespectful at all. The writers have been phoning it in for several season and they wasted so much time adding characters and story lines that were pointless and grossly underdeveloped that the main characters stories suffered. The character of Alcide was one of them-they made him fairly useless, so I can see why he would be angry and I’m glad he is being honest. Of course the wolves story line suffered the second Alan Ball decided to make all the weres V addicted hillbillies. And don’t even get me started about the fairies.

    Shame, I used to look forward to TB every Sunday and from listening to other viewers, it sounds like the final season is just as much as a mess as the last few season have been.

    • Tx says:

      I agree. Much like The Walking Dead, True Blood can somehow go for 10 hours with very little actually happening.

      • krtmom says:

        Gave up on Walking Dead. How many times (and ways) can you see a zombie get killed?

      • maybeiamcrazy says:

        I wish I can give up on Walking Dead too. I am bored to the tears whenever I watch it, yet, I feel obliged to.

      • TX says:

        @maybeiamcrazy me too! I dont know about you, but I need to stop doing that…I sat through all of Lost and was so upset at the end. so not worth it! haha

      • maybeiamcrazy says:

        Don’t even tell me about Lost. I was so disappointed. The worst is I know I was going to be disappointed.

        The same with True Blood. The finale is going to be a mess and I’ll be first one watching it.

    • cr says:

      He has a point on the writing, especially after Buckner was brought in in the middle of last season. TB has always had problems with keeping the storylines tight and remembering their story arcs, but it got so much worse after Buckner took over.
      But in the case of his character, perhaps he become less essential because he didn’t do anything extra with the character, even though it wasn’t written well? It might have become a negative loop in that case.

    • Santolina says:

      Indeed, the writers are to blame for being unable to develop the bigger themes around prejudice, faith, compassion, love, mortality, community, etc. that TB presents and deepen the drama with the main cast of characters. It had jumped the shark long before Bruckner, IMO.

  4. GiGi says:

    I loved last night’s episode… especially the bad 80s flashbacks – those wigs!

    I’m not sad to see Alcide go. In earlier seasons, I did think his character was better/had more depth. But in the last two seasons, he has just been a grunter. I can’t blame him entirely as I think that’s just how Alcide was written. But I never bought his relationship with Suki this season. Bo-ring.

    • Amy says:

      Sookie learn to spell! And Joe wasn’t being disrespectful. Didn’t see him dieing coming BTW there nothing wrong with Bill and the walking dead no one has gun to your head making you watch and Alex/eric is bore I hope they kill him soon

  5. Abbott says:

    That whole fight scene looked like an outtake from a bad SyFy movie.

  6. mia girl says:

    I always hated Alcide. No dimension to that character would have changed that. The wolves have always been a big yawn.
    Even his death was boring.

    • TX says:

      I agree. The wolves served next to no purpose, especially, like Joe said, when he was off by himself not even participating in the main story.

  7. Talie says:

    I think character was always thin, but I liked him for Sookie. Of course, we all know now, she will end up with Bill.

  8. MissMary says:

    Well… he’s not wrong…

    The points he brings up about lost opportunities for backstory exploration are pretty spot on.

  9. bammer says:

    Memo to Joe: Try being Alexander Skarsgard. Talk about having terrible storylines with zero motivation. Alex just ditched the premiere. He probably will never bad mouth the writing even though he has every right to.

    • Chrissy says:

      Unlike Joe, Alex Skarsgard is and always will be a class act!

    • Jen says:

      Alex didn’t ditch anything, he had other commitments. He is a professional. And Eric’s stories are still the best on the show.

    • Cricket says:

      Is there any other reason to watch the show besides Eric? Where is he btw? He is the ONLY reason I suffer thru the rest.

      • cr says:

        He’s been wandering around. But next episode we’ll apparently get another flashback, this time on how Pam and Eric ended up in Shreveport, and they’ll be back in Bon Temps. At least temporarily.

  10. Jen says:

    Whatever, have sour grapes, but be a professional about it. His character was crap, and he was crap at playing him. We’ll have to hear him whine about all the superhero roles he missed out on because of it for years.

    • Ashling says:

      Exactly. Joe is a glass half full type of guy. He over inflates what he’s doing and complains about what he’s missed out on. He has been that way for years. Although True Blood has gone way down hill, be professional. Joe wouldn’t have gotten the attention he has without TB.

  11. FingerBinger says:

    Alcide’s death was kind anticlimactic. It was almost like an afterthought. Alcide and Tara were main characters but their exits from the show are being handled oddly. They didn’t show Tara die and Alcide gets shot a minute before the credits role. Makes no sense.

    • GiGi says:

      I agree. It makes me think we’ll be losing a main character per episode in this final season. They’re just doing away with them so nonchalantly!

    • InVain says:

      I agree…those deaths were an afterthought. I’m still having trouble with the “lack” of Tara’s death but I guess we did get confirmation last night when Pam said she felt it…I would’ve liked a little more than that. Alcide’s was sudden and I felt a little ripped off…but that whole relationship was a joke and I didn’t want it shoved down my throat anymore – I feel this way regardless of Joe’s acting abilities (or lack of).

  12. Gwen says:

    I don’t like him one bit but he’s not wrong at all. The writing has been terrible for a good while and it’s getting even worse. Eric, Alcide and Sam have ALL been sidelined for Beehl. That being said Joe should keep his mouth shut if he wanted to look more professionel. If Alex can, I’m sure he can too.

  13. Tig says:

    I honestly don’t see this as sour grapes- he didn’t whine about how his character deserved sooo much better- just that his character got lost. I read the first 4/5 novels, and gave up with them and the show for the same reasons- too many irons in the fire, and no cohesive plot lines at all. If you like it, great, but seems like many came to same conclusion I did. I will prob check out his documentary- any chance Matt Bomer is doing the narration? LOL

  14. Lori says:

    The meat head makes a good point.

  15. Nicole says:

    I love that he’s honest! He’s so right about everything. Sorry, but if you want your actors to be professional talking about the writing, your writers have to put out a professional product. Plus, this get me wanting to check in on the finale, so he’s generated some press for them.

    • Darkangel says:

      Yeah, and that same kind of “honesty” is what got Katherine Heigl blacklisted. An actor’s job is to make the most out of whatever the writers come up with good and bad. But it wouldn’t have mattered if the writers would have provided him a story line worthy of Tyrion Lannister, he wouldn’t have done a damn thing with it. He’s a lousy actor.

      • cr says:

        It wasn’t just KH’s ‘honesty’ that got her blacklisted.
        I think Joe has more than the occasional bout of self promotion dbagginess, but I’ve not heard that he’s difficult to work with, etc.
        It’s comparing apples and oranges.

  16. InVain says:

    It’s really unrelated to this specific story – but has any one else noticed Sam’s lack of urgency in getting his pregnant GF back? His concern seems only for Arlene and Holly – it just seemed strange to me that he’s running around trying to save every one else…and I think only mentioned his “baby” once.

    The show absolutely SUCKS – but I’m loyal and will stick with it til the end but will be glad when it’s over.

    • Santolina says:

      I know, and Sam is my favorite character. He’s like a moral compass for the show. Unfortunately, the end can’t come too soon for this cr@pfest.

  17. A.Key says:

    I can’t believe people still watch this show, I gave up halfway through season 5.

  18. Andrea says:

    I still watch the show although it did go downhill after season 4 or 5. I love Eric and Bill; I just do. I was so happy Alcide died last night. He is a terrible actor/terrible character. Wish he died in season 4. I want Sookie with Eric and if not, bill, end of. I loved the flashbacks last night and I felt that that was what made the show in the beginning.

  19. Katija says:

    I accidentally read this spoiler and was annoyed for a split second… but truth be told, I just don’t care anymore. This show jumped the shark a long time ago. I am two episodes behind and the prospect of sitting down to watch (I have the day off today) seems like a chore. Trying to force myself to watch these new episodes when the prospect of my OITNB RE-watch seems more appealing.

  20. Tiffany says:

    OT. Just read on People that he and Sofia Vergera are a item. I cannot lie…that is kind of hot.

  21. Lucy2 says:

    There was a lot of stuff with Alcide and his father- and it was boring as hell! Joe became popular (from the show) and they over expanded his role and all the wolf stuff. It was a total drag on the show , which has enough problems. I was never impressed by his acting, and not sorry to see the character go. I also think it’s risky to criticize the thing that made your career.

    • Andrea says:

      I couldn’t agree more for the above! His career is hopefully over. Terrible actor.

  22. Mr. Stinky FishFace says:

    Here’s my issue, Alan Ball or whomever still does this show, had a decent to great main storyline that flowed through all of The Southern Vampire Mysteries books. There was still plenty of room for creative liberties but there was a solid foundation to build on. And after watching the first and second seasons thats what I assumed they were doing…but then it became GLARINGLY obvious that they didn’t care about the characters or the story or anything that Charlaine Harris had built. They just wanted the names and world that she had created to do whatever they wanted with. So instead of building on a loyal fanbase, they just duped us into thinking we were getting what we expected.

    Alcide in the books is much more in depth, more well established, and if I was Joe and I’d read the books before signing on for the show I’d be sadly disappointed. I don’t blame him for being bitter. I’m rewatching the show and there is such potential that they just tossed away.

    • Mindy says:

      I agree. I was an Alcide fan big time! They could have done more with the character.She’ll probably be alone again or end up with Sam.

  23. Mindy says: