True Blood star Joe Managniello has long been rumored to be gay, and this might prove it. He’s just directed his first documentary, and to do so he spent countless hours in a male strip club called La Bare, upon which Magic Mike was obviously based.
The club has branches in Dallas, Houston, and Miami, and it features elaborate costumes and “characters,” much the way Magic Mike did. Manganiello told this Chicago gay rag that he knew someone who worked at La Bare in Dallas in the 90s and he game him the idea for the fireman routine he did in Magic Mike.
Anyway, does everyone remember what Joe Manganiello looks like? Let’s just start there.
Unfortunately he is not in this movie.
He hasn’t come out as gay, but he was an acting school classmate of openly gay actor Matt Bomer, and in this interview he talks about being an alcohol-company shot boy back in the 90s, for Finlandia and Captain Morgan.
I was actually in Chicago when I was 21. I got a job that summer working for Finlandia Vodka. We wound up here (in Chicago) promoting Finlandia during the Pride Festival. I was wearing a tuxedo and they sent me in with a tray of Finlandia vodka drinks into a bar –- I don’t know if it’s still here – called the Manhole… I ended up veering right into a backroom with a metal spider-web [laughs], at 21, man! That was educational, I’ll just say that.
Also, he had an “engagement” to a lady back in 2010 that was called off in 2012.
Below, the red-band trailer for the new doc, La Bare, which shows a lot of Magic Mike-style stripping, the ladies who enjoy strippers, and the story of a La Bare dancer, Angelo a.k.a. Ruben, who was killed in 2012.