Pectacular! Joe Manganiello gets his True Blood pumping in shirtless workout
Joe Manganiello made his name in Hollywood as a werewolf in the TV series True Blood – the kind that doesn”t mind taking his shirt off.
And fans of the hunky 35-year-old are about get plenty more topless time with the actor in his latest Hollywood role – as a male stripper in the upcoming movie Magic Mike.
“There are guys who are going to divorce their wives after they see what [these women] did as extras in this movie,” says Manganiello in an interview for Men”s Health magazine.
Hard-bodied road to success: Joe Manganiello expounds on his difficult path to fame in an interview to appear in Men”s Health magazine, which hits the stands on June 4
“We were … manhandling groups of 200 female extras every day.”
The interview with the buff actor, who plays Big Dick Richie in the new Steven Soderbergh-directed movie, appears in the Men”s Health July issue.
And judging by the accompanying photographs of the Pittsburgh-born star, it”s not just men who are going to be snapping up copies of the magazine when it hits the stands next week.
Glistening in sweat, the True Blood hottie is photographed hitting the gym for a strenuous workout, first doing push-ups on a leather medicine ball.
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Wearing Converse sneakers and sweat pants, the popular star then moves to lift an enormous tractor tyre from the floor.
In a third photo, a sweat-drenched Manganiello, wearing just shorts and a pair of lace-up boxing boots, sits ringside with his hands bandaged after a round of boxing.
Displaying his spectacularly buff upper body and now famous tree-trunk arms, the actor leaves no doubt as to why he was chosen by Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh to join Magic Mike”s star-studded cast in a movie about male strippers.
Return to The Man: “People come up to me and say they miss those silent, tough guys like Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen.”
The full interview appears in the July edition of US Men”s Health
In the Men”s Health interview, Manganiello expounds on his difficult path to Hollywood stardom, revealing that his muscular physique was initially a barrier to getting plum acting roles.
“I got o LA in 2000, when we were coming off the “90s: women looked like men and the men all looked like women. I was constantly being told, “You”re too healthy”, so there were four years where I essentially didn”t work.”
Clearly things have changed around Hollywood today, he tells the magazine.
“I think we”re seeing a return to “the Man”. People come up to me and say they miss those silent, tough guys like Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen. You”ve still got to be able to act and emote, but you also have to fit the role physically, and thatphysique is now lean and muscular.
Inthe upcoming movie Magic Mike, Manganiello will be seen alongside fellow hunks Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughy and Matt Bomer.
The film features Tatum as the title character, a veteran stripper who mentors a younger dancer in the art of hustling.
Fans are already buzzing about who will drop their pants for the film – and no prizes for guessing how Manganiello”s character Big Dick got his name.
Joe Mangianello (left), will play Big Dick Richie in the upcoming movie Magic Mike, with fellow hotties Matt Bomer, Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum
Red hot: Manganiello first showed his true colours in True Blood, playing the werewolf Alcide Herveaux