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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunrider View Post
    And Anne Rice comments on FB kind of confused me; either she's not very smart (entirely possible) or people see something quite different than me when they see True Blood.
    Huh?? I totally missed that.

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    'True Blood' hunk on landing Alcide: 'I started crying'

    by Michael Ausiello
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    Now that you’ve had a few weeks to get used to the idea of Joe Manganiello in the role of Alcide, it’s time to get to know the man behind True Blood’s newest monster. In Part 1 of an exclusive two-part Q&A, the One Tree Hill hunk opens up about the phone call that changed his life, the childhood incident that foreshadowed his casting, and the punishing “werewolf workout” that will turn him into a half-human beast.
    How did you find out that you won the role?
    JOE MANGANIELLO: I had three meetings with Alan Ball. [After the last one], I got a call from my agent and manager. And whenever you get a call from your agent and manager, you have a pretty good idea that something good is about to happen.
    What was your reaction when they told you?
    MANGANIELLO: I’m not afraid to admit that I started crying. I was just so excited. It’s a dream come true. When I was a little kid, the nun at my elementary school said if you pray for something hard enough, it’ll happen. And I would pray every day with all of my heart that God would turn me into a werewolf. And when it didn’t happen, I kind of thought, “You know what? Maybe this stuff doesn’t work. Maybe I’m getting gypped.” So here it is 25 years later and my prayers got answered and I’m going to be a werewolf.
    What was it about being a werewolf that appealed to you?
    MANGANIELLO: I just loved Halloween. When I was 4, my mother dressed me up as a vampire and brought me to a haunted house. When I think about it now, bringing a 4-year-old kid to a haunted house is pretty intense. There was a vampire in the haunted house that jumped out of a coffin and I went up and tried to climb into the coffin with him. He wound up picking me up and putting me in the coffin with him and closing the lid. I [just] always liked monsters. There was something interesting about having this thing inside of you that you can’t control that comes out when you get angry. There’s something cathartic about the idea of having a beast inside you.
    Are you a fan of the show?
    MANGANIELLO: Huge fan. I’ve seen every episode.
    Have you met Anna Paquin yet?
    MANGANIELLO: Not yet. They wanted me to read with her. That was going to be my final audition, a chemistry read with Anna. But she wasn’t available so they had me come in by myself… I think it’s going to be great. I’ve seen a ton of her movies going all the way back to The Piano. I’m excited.
    When do you start shooting?
    MANGANIELLO: Late January, so I’ve got some time. Every day right now is all about the Werewolf Workout. It consists of Krav Maga, which is an Israeli fighting technique, and Cross Fit, which is kind of a gnarly crazy high-intensity workout. And I’m doing a little bit of weights in between.
    Was this something Alan Ball asked you to do?
    MANGANIELLO: No. This is something I wanted to do on my own. I’m a big guy to begin with; I work out a lot anyway. In my mind, I see the character as having a big chest, big arms — ripped the way an animal would be. Vampires have a supernatural strength to them, so you can have a vampire that is a little slighter. But a werewolf is this big, powerful, half man, half animal. I want to get as close to that as I possibly can.
    Wait, there’s more! In the second part of my Q&A, Manganiello tackles the hottest topics of all: How will Alan Ball’s Alcide differ from Charlaine Harris’ Alcide? How long is he committed to True Blood for? And should Sookie-Bill and Sookie-Eric fans be worried? Look for those answers (and more!) tomorrow morning!

    'True Blood' scoop: Will Alcide win Sookie's heart?

    by Michael Ausiello
    Categories: True Blood
    Alcide is about to put a major kink in True Blood’s polarizing Eric/Sookie/Bill triangle. At least that’s the word from the werewolf’s portrayer, Joe Manganiello, who makes a strong case for an Alcide/Sookie pairing in Part 2 of our exclusive Q&A. (You can read Part 1 here.) The 33-year-old actor also weighs in on the length of his commitment to the show and why he isn’t afraid of those crazy Team Bill and Team Eric fans.
    Will your Alcide be different from the Alcide in the books?
    JOE MANGANIELLO: Alan Ball and I had a conversation about that at one of my auditions. I think it’s up in the air. I know that, at least initially, fans of the book will be pleased with my character.
    What’s your take on Alcide?
    MANGANIELLO: He’s really big. He’s giant. When Sookie first meets him, she opens the door and looks up, and then has to look up some more. So there’s this giant presence standing in the doorway with dark hair and dark features. He’s strong and protective. He comes from a construction background; his father is in the construction business. He’s heroic and romantic. I don’t think it’s a secret that he has a broken heart when he shows up. He had a really rough go of this relationship with Debbie Pelt, so there’s a lot of friction there. Debbie’s doing a lot of things to get back at Alcide.
    How long are you committed to the show for?
    MANGANIELLO: Right now we’ve just talked about this season.
    What can Alcide offer Sookie that Bill and Eric can’t?
    MANGANIELLO: Warm flesh and blood. That’s the neat thing about my character: Although he’s not entirely human, he is flesh and blood. He has a lifespan. In the books he hugs Sookie and she feels his skin and it’s just radiating heat. So I think the fact that he has some kind of sun burnt heat-radiating skin is just completely different. It’s [similar to when] she met Bill and what a relief it was for her to not to be able to hear his thoughts.
    Are you ready to be thrust into the Eric/Sookie/Bill fan frenzy?
    MANGANIELLO: For me it’s fun. I could see how if I was a 100-pound Hollywood actress it would probably be pretty scary, but I’m a big guy, so people don’t necessarily scare me in that way. With that said, I’ve had to go to the police a couple of times for stalkers.
    Really?
    MANGANIELLO: They were really big… I don’t know how I want to describe it but they were guys. I’ve had two guy stalkers that I’ve had to go to the cops about. But other than that I think it’s a blast. It’s so fun to get caught up in that. It’s so fun to have fans care that much. It’s that whole Comic-Con, fanboy crowd. I love that. I started my career in Spider-Man, so I’m completely familiar with them and I love that kind of stuff. And you hear about love triangles all of the time, it’s going to be interesting to see how the love square works out.


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    Vampires have a supernatural strength to them, so you can have a vampire that is a little slighter.

    He must mean Beehl. I don't see Eric as being much smaller than anyone.
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    Alex probably still sees himself as really skinny.
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    It kind of pisses me off that Alcide will put a kink in the triangle when the show hasn't even given Eric a chance yet. I say equal time for Eric and then we can get into kinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
    Alex probably still sees himself as really skinny.
    Probably. I saw the episode where Beehl has to go to the trial after he staked Longshadow (sidenote: wtf?! Really not good re-writing by AB. Could he butcher Eric anymore?!) and wow at Alex's arms. Wooooow. Yum. Gosh, I was drooling. He's not small at all
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    He's not small at all

    No, not at all. I loved how bulky and hunky he was in s1, and early in s2, especially notable in the scene where he ripped apart the redneck. His arms were bulging yummmmmm. Then it seemed like he lost quite a bit of weight very quickly after that until he was damn near gaunt in the rooftop scene--which only made him more poignant imo, but still.

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    the werewolf guy is not hot at all. he looks like a chippendale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasha View Post
    He's not small at all

    No, not at all. I loved how bulky and hunky he was in s1, and early in s2, especially notable in the scene where he ripped apart the redneck. His arms were bulging yummmmmm. Then it seemed like he lost quite a bit of weight very quickly after that until he was damn near gaunt in the rooftop scene--which only made him more poignant imo, but still.
    Yeah, I guess he's not kidding about having to work out a lot not to be skinny.

    Alan Hyde just went to LA btw. I really hope we'll see more Godric early in the season.
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    i think he looks better skinny but then i'm not into buff. i like beeehl's body a lot and a lot of people think he's puny (though it's true i like them taller). the werewolf dude is a total turn-off for me.
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    I don't really the new dude either. I can't wait to see the storyline though.
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    He's vaguely attractive, but from what I've seen he can't act. Hopefully, he will prove me wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasha View Post
    It kind of pisses me off that Alcide will put a kink in the triangle when the show hasn't even given Eric a chance yet. I say equal time for Eric and then we can get into kinks.
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    Damn, that Alcide guy is pretty! I can see him in the role, but I have no idea what his acting's like, so yeah, hopefully it's no an ERW situation (I can't stand her and I haven't even gotten to the queen book yet!).
    OK, so I've just started book 5, to the part where Quinn asks Sookaaay out on a date, and I dislike him already. It probably doesn't help that I for some reason picture him as Joey Lawrence and it's skeezing me out:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassiness View Post
    I like it - he looks the part for me, but I can't remember who he is in One Tree Hill so can't tell if his acting will be up to scratch.

    This is the picture that I first saw of him, and he fit what I had imagined perfectly.


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