Joe Manganiello’s grandma isn’t allowed to see ‘Magic Mike’
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Joe Manganiello, who gratuitously shares his body with millions as resident ‘True Blood’ werewolf Alcide, will take his exposure to a new level with Steven Soderbergh’s forthcoming stripper flick ‘Magic Mike.’
But the sharing stops when it comes to his family.
‘I told them a few weeks ago that no one is seeing this movie,’ Manganiello told us at Saturday’s Scream Awards, when we asked if mom and grandma would be allowed to scoop up tickets. ‘They’ll probably see it anyway, but at least they’ve had two seasons of ‘True Blood’ to get used to it.’
Production is wrapped on ‘Mike,’ in which Manganiello -- alongside Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and a host of other well-built thesps -- plays an exotic dancer known as ‘Big Dick Richie.’
Does that name, um, intimidate him?
‘Big Dick Richie? That’s the reason to do it. There’s definitely a scene that will answer those questions,’ he said. And yes, there will be skimpy theme costumes.
‘Everybody kinda does their own thing,’ he said. ‘Big sexy Kevin Nash has his Tarzan thing, I’ve got my fireman thing, Matt Bomer’s got a doctor thing going on, Adam Rodriguez does a Latino lover bit.’
To review: Joe. Manganiello. Fireman. Stripper.
Though it promises to be a smoke show, Manganiello insists the film also has substance.
‘It’s so funny,’ he said. ‘It’s like ‘Animal House’ and ‘Hangover’ funny. Steven has most of it edited and he’s such a good storyteller with that camera.’
-- Matt Donnelly