Channing Tatum has been getting all the buzz for his ode to male stripping ‘Magic Mike’ and ‘G.I. Joe Retaliation‘ getting a fix, but ‘True Blood‘ fans will also be flocking to see their favorite werewolf Joe Mananiello so here’s something for all of you plus the new stripper poster!
It’s so easy to get caught up in Channing Tatum mania since his career suddenly just jumped into hyperdrive (plus Paramount rejiggering ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ to resurrect him from the dead), but I’m most looking forward (like most ‘True Blood‘ fans) to seeing Joe Manganiello hit the big screen with his bigger than life self. When he hit Bon Temps, it literally heated up an already very steam place, and then he wound up making Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bill (Steven Moyer) look rather smallish. Fans felt like the heat had gotten to Sookie (Anna Paquin) when she turned down the werewolf every man or woman would want to run with.
The Pittsburgh born, Manganiello naturally did a spread for Men’s Health, and this is one actor the magazine won’t have to Photoshop his face onto a stellar body like they’ve been known to do. The actor also talks about it not being such an easy road to acting stardom as he came along at the wrong time in Hollywood. “I got to 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.” I’m sure some will take offense at his comment, but like many of us women remember, the guys were just these little things and gone were our action stars of the late 80′s. Russell Crowe was basically the only he-man go to guy at the time. But we can think Alan Ball who’s got quite the eye for the male form and knew this guy would go over quite well. Plus this time his body worked for him as Channing Tatum easily took notice of it for his semi-bioautographical ‘Magic Mike‘.
Manganiello goes on to say “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 that physique is now lean and muscular.” I say praise be that the ‘metrosexual’ phase ended quickly. I predicted way back then that women would come to regret wishing their men would be more in touch with their feminine side. And hey, when a guy gets to play a character named Big Dick Richie, we’ll all take notice, female and male!