Joe Manganiello on Alcide/Sookie, Getting Naked for True Blood, and Stripping With Matt Bomer

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Speaking with TVLine at our Emmy weekend kickoff reception at Levi’s Haus, Joe Manganiello offered his thoughts on Alcide’s season-ending reaffirmation of love for Sookie, as well as shared the “bare facts” about shooting Alcide and Eric’s “naked showdown” at the lake.

“It was Valentine’s Day, and there’s me and [Alexander] Skarsgard naked, screaming that were going to kill each other, with Anna [Paquin] in the middle and my wolf Thunder a few feet away,” he recalls. “There were a lot of ‘Happy Valentine’s Day, Anna’ jokes going around.”

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Speaking of which…. Where do things stand with the stripper movie Manganiello is said to be doing with Matt Bomer (White Collar), Channing Tatum (Step Up) and Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four)? Also in the video below, he gives us the naked truth about that project, his preparation for it (“I’ve been in choreography lessons, just in case”), and whether moviegoers can expect to see “the full Manganiello.”



Comments (48)

  • If this stripper movie doesn’t show us full frontal nudity of the male stars’ penises I will feel cheated.

    Comment by Sivat – September 17, 2011 06:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I already feel cheated. I wish TV|Line would license even the phonetic captioning YouTube uses. I want to know what wad said

      Comment by Daftly Deaf Dude – September 17, 2011 07:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I didn’t realize this was posted via YouBoob …. err …. Tube. I right clicked, copied the video URL, opened it in a new window and there were the captions …. Just FYI

        Comment by Daftly Deaf Dude – September 18, 2011 07:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Cheated? LOL, if you’ve seen one ugly, you’ve seen ‘em all.

      Comment by grate – September 17, 2011 09:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They already did full frontal nudity with Skarsgard in the 4th episode of True Blood this season, so it shouldn’t be an issue

      Comment by True Blood fan – September 17, 2011 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • First of all, we’re talking about Alcide. Secondly, we didn’t see Eric’s penis this season…what are you smoking??

        Comment by Sivat – September 17, 2011 03:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Well, Sookie saw it more than a few times, just saying.

          Comment by Annonynous – September 17, 2011 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really hate when you guys post videos instead of text. I really don’t want to watch your video.

    Comment by Samantha – September 17, 2011 07:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree, though I’ll thank you guys for putting the video up for some, but would like you to go ahead and type it out because I can’t watch most vids on this archaic computer I have.

      Comment by Danielle H. – September 17, 2011 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree; it just seems like the “easy way out” for websites that are supposed to be content-based.

      Comment by uhyeahright – September 17, 2011 09:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t want to see Matt Bomer’s assets. Since he bats for the other team, I just want to dwell on the sheer beauty of his face.

    Comment by Gail – September 17, 2011 08:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s rather selfish of you. Can’t you put up with a little penie action so the gays, such as myself, can let OUR imaginations run wild?

      Comment by Sam – September 17, 2011 09:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Ok. sure. It’s not like I’d have a shot even if he was straight. But just looking at Matt, or Adam Lambert for that matter is good enough.

        Comment by Gail – September 17, 2011 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Who cares what team he bats for, he’s eye candy!

      Comment by Kay – September 17, 2011 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Does it matter whether or not he bats for the other team? I still like looking at him and he cant take that away from me. I’ll look at whatever he lets me see. Same goes for the Joe, Alex, and Channing.

      Comment by Alisa – September 17, 2011 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah because if he didn’t play for the other team he would be having dinner with right now…

      Comment by Rody – September 17, 2011 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Who cares what team he bats for? He’s hot and I want to see as much as I can of him.

      Comment by mags – September 17, 2011 12:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Whether Matt bats for the other team or not…we ladies can appreciate such fine assets. ;) His hubby is one lucky lucky man.

      Comment by Jules – September 17, 2011 02:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Like you never crushed on a straight guy.

      Comment by sure – September 17, 2011 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • LOL! Exactly.

        Comment by Tarc – September 17, 2011 08:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • OMG Chill out, no one wants to turn you or any of your other fellow gay men straight. And it is really close minded by the way that you think all straight women act like a really bad version of some 90′s comedy movie. We are not out to get you, we do not want you, we just like looking at you, just like you like looking at Jake G., Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford, Heath Ledger, George Clooney, and Russell Crowe (back when he was hot)….
        We do hope however that you someday get the same rights we have… so peace and relax there buddy.
        XOXO

        PS Thank you for your Porn. :)

        Comment by Ang – September 17, 2011 08:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Matt, the best actor in this cast, is not the only member of this cast to bat for the other team! But it doesn’t really matter since most actors are that way anyway and you would have to be ignorant for orientation to matter with respect to acting.

      Comment by Glynn J – September 17, 2011 05:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great interview; I like a mix of video and print.

    Comment by Michael – September 17, 2011 08:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • so sick of these true blood actors talking about getting naked when none of them actually do

    Comment by Tim – September 17, 2011 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Apparently Alexander Skarsgard actually does get naked and doesn’t use the modesty clothing.

      Comment by xav – September 17, 2011 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I now demand photographic evidence! ☺☺☺☺

        Comment by The Warecougar – September 17, 2011 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Remember the Rolling Stones cover from last year? It was filled with photographic evidence

          Comment by snake – September 17, 2011 03:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • He does it all the time, this is not the first time they talk about the on set jokes about it.

        Comment by Guess – September 17, 2011 03:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Amen, Tim! Kim Cattral got naked on a weekly basis on “Sex and the City,” in long, well lit, lingering shots, and no one ever said a word because the straight male paradigm is that hot women are SUPPOSED to get naked but men are not. But Joe’s nudity wouldn’t add up to more than 10 seconds from the past two years. That scene he talks about was filmed so that he was cut off at the hip and could have been shown on NBC without issue. Everyone on the gay boards are talking about how “Magic Mike” is going to be one long prick tease of network TV states of undress with one quick bare tushie from an extra.

      Comment by David – September 17, 2011 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Alas, I suspect the same from Magic Mike. So much potential and they’ll just squander it. I mean seriously, it’s a stripper movie. Like a male version of Showgirls. Let’s face it folks, we ain’t in it for the “drama”.

        Comment by Alex – September 17, 2011 01:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hope he’s saving his money well, cause showing his abs is the only way he’ll ever get job, lord knows his acting doesn’t cut it.

    Comment by Lil – September 17, 2011 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cannot…view…video…on…phone! It’s like I’m in a desert and you offered me mirage water.

    Comment by E – September 17, 2011 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish TVLine posted mobile-friendly videos.

    Comment by Nick – September 17, 2011 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Any chance you could eschew Flash video? Love your site, read it on my Ipad…alas, no video for me :-(

    Comment by Markh – September 17, 2011 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked the little Sam/Alcide bromance that was going on at the end of the season. I think I’d like to see them working together more.

    Comment by xav – September 17, 2011 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Actually Alexander Skarsgard is naked in his scenes. He’s the only person that does go full on nude though. And I love Joe’s character. I think he’s broody without someone wanting to kill him.

    Comment by Jenn – September 17, 2011 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree with you Jenn, I think it makes Alcide more interesting than the entire cast of teen wolf combined.

      Comment by Guess – September 17, 2011 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t watch True Blood, or any Vampire show for that matter, but I am willing to sit in front of my tv set in order to watch this very fine specimen called Joe Manganiello. He’s really, really handsome. Maybe he’ll be the reason I’ll start watching HBO again.

    Comment by Puckleberry – September 17, 2011 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t act? He was great as Flash Thompson in Spiderman, and as Marshall’s buddy on How I Met Your Mother. He’s the guy who started me saying “redonkulous” or the shorter “redonk

    Comment by Bunterman – September 17, 2011 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Folks don’t expect full frontal from is film. First it would get a NC17 rating which would kill it financially. Second, real self respecting actors with a big future – Bomer for example would hardly jeopardize their future for this film. Ass yes, full frontal no way…

    Comment by Studio guy – September 17, 2011 05:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, it didn’t hurt Kevin Bacon who went full-frontal in Wild Things…but then, Kevin has a big dick.

      Most of these guys are probably “average-sized,” and don’t want anyone to see it :/

      Comment by Kim – September 17, 2011 05:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Joe can pretty much go frontal since his career will never be much more than a werewolf, a thug or criminal, or a stripper. Face it, his acting could use some work….He’ll be playing thugs or criminals down the road in bad gangsta movies and shows with fast cars and explosions.

    Comment by Jennifer – September 17, 2011 09:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve read many online article that pretty much expected full frontal…so may’ve you won’t be cheated after all. Although the guys are hot, I really am not excited about them showing it all. I won’t miss it though since the talented MATT BOMER is amongst the cast and risk seeing more than I care to.

    Comment by linda – September 17, 2011 11:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Joe and Matt Bomer went to Carnegie Mellon together….they forgot to mention that they have been friends for awhile now.

    Comment by quinn – September 17, 2011 11:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Who forgot to mention it? Joe referred to his “college buddy” Matt Bomer in the video.

      Comment by TF – September 18, 2011 05:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • What ‘kind’ of buddy?

        Comment by Maive – September 18, 2011 07:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Pardon me, I have to get a towel…

    Comment by Eric Kane – September 18, 2011 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Don’t be such a fag hag. Go get a

    Comment by Shawny – September 19, 2011 12:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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