My interview with True Blood's Joe Manganiello won't be out till the August issue of Muscle & Body hits stores next week, but here's a first look at the fantastic opening shot of Joe! Photographed by Cory Sorensen and art directed by Kimberly Richey, this collection of sinewy images will have fans and the media howling.
In fact, the online world is already abuzz about Joe's M&B cover shoot. Numerous blogs and online publications have picked up Entertainment Tonight's behind-the-scenes footage of Joe's shoot as well as exclusive ab-ulous photos shot by Cory (see posts below).
You must see this issue "in the flesh" to fully appreciate Joe's "Werewolf Workout." M&B editor Jim Schmaltz also writes a great sidebar titled "Top Dogs: A Cinema Bestiary" about "the best bodies ever to portray werewolves in movies." Among those best physiques: Taylor Lautner, Michael Landon, Benecio del Toro and David Naughton.
In the article, Joe talks about his transformation (on camera and off) to a lean, mean, meat-eating machine, his background as an athlete and his experience doing his own stunts in his TV and film roles.
As an exclusive for Retroality readers, here's a quick outtake from my interview with TV's Alcide Herveaux. I asked Joe about the benefits and hazards of doing his own stunts.
For the entirity of Joe's interview, visit http://MuscleandBodymag.com
Obviously it is good for (production) continuity and easier for editing if I'm doing my own stunts. But for me it's fun and I enjoy it. It's kind of like riding a roller coaster. You have to prepare for this crazy thing that you're about to do ... (In one film) they strapped me to the back of a Jeep with a rifle. They were going about 35-40 mph over a bumpy field. They blew up a tree right next to me, and the driver had to make a hard right turn. If that Jeep had gotten flipped over, I'd have been crushed. But they let me do it!
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