Joe Manganiello Is Putting “True Blood” Behind Him
Excerpts from the article (the film La Bare will be released June 27. I haven’t seen it) :
Joe Manganiello has made a career out of being ogled. Audiences have stared at his abs on True Blood since 2010, swooned over his biceps in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and drooled over Big Dick Richie’s shadowy silhouette in Magic Mike.
But the 37-year-old trained actor doesn’t mind. Because to him, it all comes down to an appreciation of his most prized asset: his discipline. “The fitness side of my career is truly an extension of my work ethic,” Manganiello told BuzzFeed inside his publicist’s sun-soaked office in L.A. “There are few things in life you truly have control over and, as an actor, there’s even less in your control. But the one thing I do have in my control is how hard I work. So when someone looks at me, they can see I’m the kind of person who puts in the effort because of how I look… I didn’t start working out for True Blood to get a book deal or have a fitness website and become the ‘in shape’ guy,” all of which he has achieved. “I just wanted to do the most I could with that opportunity — and everything that’s happened has been a result of that.”
Unlike countless other celebrities who have gone to great lengths to distance themselves from the skin-baring roles that placed them on the path to stardom, Manganiello happily embraces every flesh-baring frame. “I spent 10 years acting in things that only my mom was watching. Then I did this one fun, crazy, provocative show and I was on the map,” he said of True Blood. “All of a sudden I started getting calls for all the shirtless roles. So it was like, OK, let’s do more of those!”…
“… every actor dreams of getting the right job at the right time on the right show that pops them out, and that happened five years ago for me. So, those five years were spent with my head down, blinders on; total tunnel vision. I was going to squeeze every drop out ofTrue Blood, and I can look back and say, with confidence, that I got everything out of that experience I possibly could. That got me to right now, which is the spot I always dreamed of being in.”
And that is directing and producing La Bare, a raucous new documentary about the world’s most popular male strip club that came about when Manganiello was doing research for Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 drama about a troupe of male exotic dancers that was loosely based on fellow star Channing Tatum’s life…
Manganiello’s work ethic once again kicked into hyper-drive and he traveled to Texas in hopes of securing footage that captured a world he believed audiences were desperate to learn more about, following the phenomenal success of Magic Mike, which earned $114 million at the domestic box office. “The movie is about exploring what being a man means in today’s day and age because that definition has changed drastically over the last 40 years,” he said. “I think we’re in this spot now where a lot of men and women don’t know what it means to be a man and La Bare is an exploration of what it means to be a man in a post-feminist world. If you think about it, male stripping is a product of feminism — it didn’t exist 100 years ago or 50 years ago. It started in the late ’70s, so what does that mean and how have we readjusted?
“I don’t think there’s any such thing as male objectification,” Manganiello added with a shrug when asked about his own voyeur-inviting nudity. “I think that word exists only with women because there are societal pressures for them to behave a certain way and to look a certain way. Someone put it to me once: Women are sex objects and men are success objects. That was really interesting to me.”…