Joe Manganiello Talks Theater, Sobriety, & Alcide

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The Courant has an interesting new interview with Joe Manganiello in advance of his lead role in A Streetcar Named Desire at Yale Rep beginning next week. In the article, he talks candidly about how his parents felt about his career choice, how sobriety helped him become a better actor, his many other projects in the works, and his unhappiness about Alcide becoming a “throw away” character – something we’ve groused about around here plenty of times as well.

As for “True Blood,” which begins shooting again in January, Manganiello says he’s disappointed that his character-arc “became a throw-away. It’s was more like, ‘Oh, let’s go find something for him to do and stick him over in this plot’ that has nothing to do with the rest of the show. It became like a struggle. Like, I’m not going to growl in every single scene. Let me just get through one scene. I’ll growl in the next one. It became this kind of bartering of taking the shirt off and growling. I’m not complaining. But now I’m working with amazing people and getting back to being an actor where I can act every day.”

Manganiello has also become pro-active in shaping other projects for himself: He is making a documentary and nurturing film projects with a company he formed with his younger brother, Nicholas. The company commissioned three scripts: a remake of an indie film, one that is based on a treatment Manganiello wrote and a third script based on a book.

(Read the full interview…)

photo: The Courant

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  1. Kathi

    September 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

    How to get your character killed off in one easy step. Being dissatisfied with your character’s involvement (or lack thereof) is one thing. Going on the record to basically slam the writers and other actors is quite another. It’s very Joey a la Friends.

  2. Liz

    September 13, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I don’t think he slammed the writers and for sure he said nothing against the other cast members of True Blood. But I can’t help but agree with him regarding his character. So many times they began what could have been an interesting story arc, then just seemed to drop it. Case in point: his exit from the packmaster position and the pack in general. His relationship with his father was never explored fully. In fact, Alcide seemed like a filler character much of the time. It will be interesting to see what they do with him in the final chapter of the show.

  3. josette

    September 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I understand what Joe is saying. The past two seasons have been about gore and nudity. Without character development, it’s gothic porn. I read the books and I didn’t expect them to follow Charlaine exactly but I did expect them to have the soul. Characters are disposable and honestly if Joe had not branded himself and made the character popular, it probably would have been written out.

  4. Kathi

    September 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    It all hinges on the “But now I am” part of his quote… It can be taken as an implication that he wasn’t working with amazing people and that he wasn’t getting to act.
    I’m not trying to twist his words, but it can be read two different ways – a) he was not happy at all with the True Blood role/other actors or b) he was somewhat unhappy with the role and is very happy with his latest project. The first time I read it, I took it the first way and that’s what my comment was based on.
    I understand his frustration with the role – they wasted a lot of potential with his character and he’s a decent actor. He had good chemistry with Robert Patrick and I agree, the fact that they never explored that relationship… what a waste. Most of the season seemed very disjointed and really all over the place.

    • josette

      September 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      I guess I only thought the positive because I follow him on Twitter. He loves playing Alcide and is a real big nerd about it. On the other side is the classically trained actor who wants his character to have depth. I imagine it’s hard to feel like you’re part of the team when you don’t play with the team. The chemistry with his dad and Sam was awesome and I wish there was more. I would love True Blood to go on for ten more seasons but frankly, and this will probably get me in trouble, I believe their are people in production that are not Truebies and they are at fault for the decline. The actors can only do so much with what they are given.

      • Liz

        September 13, 2013 at 12:53 pm

        “I believe their are people in production that are not Truebies and they are at fault for the decline.”

        I have to disagree with you on this point. If people in production don’t feel quite on board, they won’t stay with the project. They simply won’t renew their contracts. These people are in the business of being creative and HBO gave them a really large playing field. They could have done anything and no one with creative talent would pass that opportunity up. I’ve talked with enough people ‘behind the scenes’, so to speak, and I know that when they are out of ideas for a project, rather than ruin that project with less than their excellence, they will leave.

        Say what you will, but True Blood is still to this day, one of HBO’s flagship programs and holds some of their highest viewer numbers.

        • josette

          September 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm

          That’s the great thing about this country, we all have the right to agree or disagree. I am a writer and director and based my opinion on my experience and also on being a fan. 🙂

    • Liz

      September 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Where Alcide was concerned, I agree with you. Overall though, I thought this season was the most even flowing of the previous few seasons; not so all over the place at all, and very strong character focus. It had a lot more heart than it’s had in a while.

      • Kathi

        September 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

        Really? I found it really, terribly sloppy in parts. No explanation on how Niall got out of purgatory (?), even though it had managed to keep Warlow there for how long? Starting arcs and then not even bothering to develop anything with them, or just plain ignoring them (Alcide and his pack), random storylines that didn’t really make any sense or matter to the grand plot (killing off Terry, the three other fairy sisters)… I could go on and on. And the last bit of the finale? Hey, let’s wrap up all the stuff that we should have worked out or people would have wanted to see (Alcide getting over Eric’s glamouring of him to never be attracted to Sookie (plot hole miuch?) and just cram it into a ‘six months later’ montage. Part of the reason I enjoyed the show was the development of relationships between the characters. To have Sookie end up with Alcide with little to no explanation just sucked for me. As actors, I thought the two of them have good chemistry and work very well with each other (I’m not team-anybody), so that was just such a ripoff.
        The season started out with a lot of promise, but to be honest, halfway through it, it just seemed like they were busy trying to wrap up fairly dead end storylines and nothing more. Like a great movie that keeps going and then wraps up everything neatly with a big bow in the last ten minutes.
        This whole season just got a big ‘meh’ from me.

        • Mel

          September 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm

          Sookie restored Alcide’s memories after Eric glamoured him in season 5 episode 6.

        • Liz

          September 14, 2013 at 7:10 pm

          Warlow managed to punch his way out of wherever it was he was held. He almost broke through in Sookie’s bathroom, exactly where Niall came back through, with the help of Sookie and Jason. I didn’t need that explained, myself. It was pretty clear how he came back.

          As for Alcide and his pack, I already acknowledged that was not done completely, so…

          Clearly we watched this season differently, so there really is no need for me to say more. You can listen to our podcast on the season finale for more.