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It’s not everyday that one of the most physically perfect men on the planet takes the time to visit your office, so when actor / director Joe Manganiello stopped by the TCS Studio last week to chat about his new film La Bare, we made sure to document each and every moment of the experience. La Bare is an insider’s look at the history, the lives and the culture of the most popular male strip club in the world, La Bare Dallas. Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) steps behind the camera for La Bare, a documentary film that goes behind the curtain, behind the stage and behind the magic of the world’s most popular male strip club – La Bare Dallas.
Produced by Joe Manganiello & Nick Manganiello with 3:59 INCORPORATED. Distributed by Main Street Films.Featuring a unique ensemble of the club’s most popular dancers, La Bare takes a provocative look into their rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and offers a front row seat to their lives, loves, laughs and losses. Since the birth of the male review in the late 1970s, the greatest male strippers in the world can all be traced back to one club… La Bare Dallas. These are the true stories behind the magic of the men and women of La Bare. Directed by Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike).
Quotes from Director/Producer, Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike):
“When I got the call letting me know that not only was Stephen Soderbergh not retiring but that he was offering me the role of “Big Dick Richie” in his new movie about male strippers, Magic Mike, I honestly didn’t know what to think. I, like most of the mass general public was full of pre-conceived notions about the profession of male entertainment.”
“Throughout all of Magic Mike‘s success, the one prevailing compliment/complaint I received from just about everyone who saw the film was that they wanted more of the guys. People were unanimously interested in knowing more about our characters, who they were, where they lived, how they grew up, who they dated, etc. So, when my brother and I started our production company 3:59 in the late fall of last year, we decided that as our first order of business, we’d take a small crew to Dallas to see if we could find a story capable of satisfying everyone’s curiosity. What we found was a goldmine.”
“In La Bare, we set out to give audiences a privileged, behind the curtains look at one of the most mysterious and misunderstood professions that has ever existed and what we uncovered was something that transcended anything we could have ever hoped for. Lucky for us we had the cameras pointed in the right direction.”
La Bare marks the feature film directorial debut for Manganiello.
He is best known to audiences for his roles as “Big Dick Richie” in Steven Soderbergh‘s male stripper phenomena Magic Mike and as werewolf “Alcide Herveaux,” on HBO’s True Blood for which he has won both critical and popular praise. In 2012 the readers of Entertainment Weekly Magazine voted him, “Favorite Pop-Culture Werewolf of All Time.”
2013 saw Manganiello publish his first book, EVOLUTION through Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books to overwhelming demand, forcing a second print within its first week of release. He holds a BFA in Acting from The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and could most recently be seen on stage as “Stanley Kowalski” at the Yale Repertory Theatre’s first ever production of A Streetcar Named Desirethis past fall.
Recently, he was seen alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington as DEA Agent “Joseph “Grinder” Phillips,” in writer/director David Ayer‘s film Sabotage and reprised his role as “Alcide Herveaux” for the final season of HBO’s True Blood. Manganiello is the President/CEO of 3:59 INCORPORATED, a production company with a full slate of projects in development for 2014 that he runs alongside his brother/producing partner Nick Manganiellobased out of Los Angeles.
Joe Manganiello recently sat down with Larry King on his Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now” to discuss his directorial debut “La Bare” showcasing the world of male exotic dancing, the end of “True Blood”, what very personal item he took with him from set and his special new romance with Sofia Vergara. Joe was also recently named People Magazine’s ‘Hollywood’s Hottest Bachelor’.
The ‘Bachelor’ told Larry that he felt “True Blood” “opened up a whole world for me” and discussed how special it was and also responded to how flattering the fans reactions were to Alcide’s death. “I’m kind of taken aback. I hope nobody does anything too drastic. I mean, getting drunk and howling at the moon, I’m all for. He was a big hearted character. I love those characters and I look for those characters.” He also discussed ‘Magic Mike’, the upcoming sequel and his take on Channing Tatum’s success.
The news of his relationship with Emmy winner Sofia Vergara has been swirling around town. “She became single and I knew I had a very small window of opportunity and I wasn’t going to let it go and I just went after it.”
Joe Manganiello wrapped up his interview by answering social media questions from some of his biggest fans including what he was going to do if he weren’t an actor, spoiler: he wanted to be a man in uniform.
As if there weren’t enough reasons to wish we were Sofía Vergara, this happens.
The beautiful actress’ ultra hunky boyfriend Joe Manganiello stopped by E! News to chat about his chiseled bod (sigh!), his male stripper documentary La Bare (ooh!) and the Magic Mike sequel (eek!)—oh, and of course, his relationship with the Colombian bombshell. And that’s when our man Joe revealed that his lady reaps the benefits of having a Magic Mike star as her beau. Yes, you’re gonna get so jealous that it hurts.
“Well, you know, I need to practice getting ready for Magic Mike 2. So, that’s all I have to say,” Manganiello admitted when asked if Vergara gets a private viewing of his stripper moves.
Additionally, Joe dished the deets on a funny photo that surfaced of him checking out Vergara’s backside at the White House Correspondents Dinner months before they began dating.
“C’mon you can’t put that in front of me. What am I supposed to do? I’m not going to apologize,” he said. “I totally got busted. That was actually funny when we first started dating, months after that.”
He continued, “We had talked, I guess, or kinda bumped into each other but we didn’t start dating until she was single. She had a boyfriend at that time, so I probably could’ve gotten into a fight for doing that. I’m not trying to start a fight at the White House.”
When he wasn’t dishing on his ladylove, Manganiello talked about his highly anticipated sequel taht will begin shooting “in a few weeks.”
So what can fans expect from Magic Mike 2? “More of the guys. It’s gonna be all of the guys, getting the band back together and we’re gonna go hit the road and cause some mayhem. Some trouble,” he said. In the meantime, Joe’s been keeping busy behind the camera, shooting his documentary La Bare, available on VOD now, which is based on a male strip club in Dallas.
“I wanted to get back into directing. Directing is how I fell in love with acting. I started directing in high school, I made movies in college, so this is always something I’ve done at every level and I wanted to get back into doing that.”
You probably know Joe Manganiello’s face… or abs… as an actor on True Blood or Magic Mike or Spider-Man. But he grew up in Pittsburgh making movies with his brother. And they get back to it with the documentary, La Bare. Joe talked to David Poland about the early years, his aspirations, and some personal research he did for Magic Mike in this first half of the 2-part DP/30 conversation. Published on Aug 18, 2014
Joe Manganiello talks about learning to dance for Magic Mike and the parade of execs that kept showing up on set… the things strippers in La Bare are not supposed to do and how they all happened… his preference for collaborative directors… his book… how Moby set him straight about crossing lines between acting and directing… and more… Published on Aug 21, 2014
A special episode of the Schmoes Know Movies show! Actor/director Joe Mananiello joins us in studio for a very special interview to talk about the documentary he directed “La Bare.” Joe talks about his time on Magic Mike and how that gave him the street credit to film the documentary about the famous Texas club La Bare. We also chat to Joe about almost being Superman, what characters he would like to play in the DC universe and he shares his love of The Dark Crystal.
Director Joe Manganiello’s well-received male stripper documentary La Bare is now available On Demand and on iTunes. To celebrate, EW asked Manganiello and three of his subjects—Cesar, Channing, and JD—to play a game of Never Have I Ever. Watch the video below and read a full transcript to find out about wardrobe malfunctions, unusual injuries, and big tips (money, people, MONEY).
Never Have I Ever… had a wardrobe malfunction. JD: We did “Open Arms,” where you’re supposed to wear a towel with underwear on under it, and you act like you’re showing the girl everything where the crowd can’t see it. And, uh, I forgot to wear the underwear under the towel, so… Channing: I do “Raining Men” at the club. The knee slide part—as soon as I lift my leg, my entire pants just tore apart. All I had was just my underwear on by the end of it. My pants were just gone. Cesar: I did a move, the top ripped off [of my tear-away pants], and one of the ladies onstage said, “You know what, I’m cool with this,” and grabbed them and just ripped them the rest of the way off me—almost knocking me offstage while she did it. Joe: When I was shooting Sabotage, I put on about 20 lbs. I kept splitting, like just blowing the crotches out of all of my jeans in the movie. So the whole joke on set was that every time he killed somebody, he got an erection. So I’d shoot somebody and [mimics], pants would rip open.
Never Have I Ever…injured myself while dancing. JD: I have a broken foot. I was humpin’ the ceiling, which seemed like a really good idea at the time. So when I jumped down, apparently it was too high up to just free fall and [I] snapped my foot in half. It was a good time. I finished the set. I went another 10 minutes. I made $72.
Never Have I Ever…been tipped over $100 by one woman.
[Cesar, Channing, and JD all raise their hands.]
[Cesar, Channing, and JD all raise their hands.] Joe: I’m in the wrong profession.
[Cesar and JD raise their hands.] Channing: Yeah, I’m out on that one.
[Cesar and JD raise their hands.] Joe: $3,000? JD: $2,500 check. Joe: $2,500. [Points to Cesar] Cesar: Six, seven thousand dollar motorcycle.
The video ends, but we need more on that… Cesar: It was a friend of mine. She’s come to visit me probably going on about a year and a half now. We’ve progressed and become really good friends. And for my birthday this past year, she was like, “What do you want?” I’m really horrible about saying that. She’s like, “Just give me a list.” I was like, “Alright.” So I came up with seven things—including a bike, a gun, some shoes, a full range of stuff. “Well, I’m gonna get you the bike.” I was like, sure. I’ve heard this before. “Yeah, no worries. That’s great. Anything from you will make me happy.” So my birthday came around, she didn’t get me the bike. I was like, “No worries. I really wasn’t expecting it.” And then she showed up on a Sunday, a slow night, came up onstage, and she didn’t have any money, which is unlike her, because she normally makes it rain on me. She’s holding a piece of paper. She’s like, “Here you go. Don’t put it in your underwear, you’re gonna mess it up.” I open it up and look, and it’s the title of the bike. The following Wednesday, she comes up to my stage, makes it rain, and she’s like, “When you’re done onstage. Get dressed.” Joe:And she gave you money on top of this? Cesar: Yes. I got dressed, and she’s like, “Hey, come help me with my car real quick.” I walk outside, and sure enough, there it is sitting in front of La Bare. Joe: I see a commercial for, like, Kawasaki in this. The bow on it… Cesar: I might have to contact them and be like, “Hey, I got an advertisement planned for ya.”
Any other injuries to report? Cesar: I have a giant pink scar on my shoulder from doing fire. If I don’t have enough time to hit certain cues, I end up spinning them kinda early and they’re a little oversaturated. I was spinning them, fire goes spittin’ a couple places. I go, “Cool. I’m nowhere near the curtains.” Somehow, I end up doing a move, and I guess I got some fuel on my shoulder. So my shoulder started to burn, and I’m like, “Alright, it will go out in about a second.” And it doesn’t go out, so I turn so the crowd doesn’t see me, but then I’m like, I really can’t stop spinning these things right now. It burned for about eight, 10 seconds, until finally it went out. It looks a little pink, but I think I’m good. I finish my routine and go out to the crowd and start dancing, and they’re like, “What stinks?” Joe: He’s caught the Mohawk on fire, too. Cesar: I’ve caught the Mohawk on fire twice. Channing: My [injuries] have ended in blood. During “Raining Men,” when I went to lift the umbrella, it snapped and sliced through my hand, and I ended up bleeding all down my arm from it. And I’ve fallen off stage so many times and twisted everything at some point, just doing something stupid, and I end up laying on the floor in front of people. … Joe missed all the injuries. Joe: But we did [film] amateur night, with the cartwheels and [one contestant's] little cocktail weiner making an appearance. JD: It’s not really a full weiner, it’s just a wee. Joe: So we got all the mishaps for sure. … There’s so much great stuff that we could have cut three movies out of the footage that we had.
NAME: Joe Manganiello OCCUPATION: Actor, Writer, Director, Producer BIRTH DATE: December 28, 1976 (Age: 37) ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn PLACE OF BIRTH: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania FULL NAME: Joseph Michael Manganiello PARENTS: Charles and Susan Manganiello SIBLING: Nick Manganiello SOCIAL MEDIA:
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Brothers Joe and Nick Manganiello launched 3:59 Inc. in 2012, focusing on the production and development of film, television and new media properties. The feature-length documentary, La Bare, marks the company’s first project and the directorial debut for Joe Manganiello.
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