Joe Manganiello Talks ‘Magic Mike’ Role: He’s ‘Big Dick Richie’ for a Reason!

By: Taryn Ryder / October 17, 2011

Matt & Joe on Set!
Joe & Matt film 'White Collar.'
Bomer & Pettyfer On Set
Shirtless hunks on 'Magic Mike'
Joe M at Grove
Joe stops by Extra
At Spike TV’s Scream Awards over the weekend, one of our favorite guys in Hollywood, Joe Manganiello, won Best Male Breakthrough Performance for True Blood. Celebuzz was able to chat with Joe at Universal Studios and needed to get the 411 on Magic Mike, where Joe will majorly break through on the big screen.

We’re talking dancing, stripping, firefighter outfit and … full frontal? We’ll let Joe tell you himself:

Celebuzz could not be more excited you are in this film! Did you have any hesitations about the role? It is sort of pegged as the “hot guys getting naked” movie.
Well, I get labeled that on True Blood! I mean, when Steven Soderbergh wants you to do his movie, you say yes. Plus, the cast is the greatest group of dudes ever. It is epic. Epic! We have had so much fun.

That’s what it looks like from the photos. Did you know any of the guys very well before filming?
I knew Matt Bomer because we went to drama school at Carnegie Mellon together. We were in all the same classes! There were only 21 of us. Matt came to my mom’s house for Thanksgiving one year. We were buds!

A girl can only dream it was a rule you all had to be shirtless for Thanksgiving?
Ha! No the only rule was we ate the s–t out of my mom’s turkey.

So finding out Matt was attached was even more of a reason to do this film.
Oh yeah, when I got the offer I called Matt off the bat and I said ‘Are you going to do this?’ He said ‘I mean, I think so! Are you?’ I said ‘I think so too.’

Okay Joe, let’s get down to it. How much are we going to be seeing of you?
You are going to see a surprising amount. Shocking amount, actually.

Shocking as in…full frontal?
You are going to see…I mean…. No, no full frontal! But his name is Big Dick Richie for a reason [laughs].

Girls everywhere are fainting right now! So how did Channing help you prep for the role?
It’s based on a character that Channing knew who was named Big Dick Charlie. So we talked about him a lot. I also talked to a group of male strippers from Dallas in the ’90s.

What did they tell you?
They told me it’s sex, drugs, rock and roll. The guy I talked to was ‘the fireman’ in the ’90s so I am going to be doing a fireman routine in the film. Suspenders, hat, I get the axe going — the whole deal!

We’re assuming there are some good dance numbers with all you guys?
Oh you have no idea! It’s been so fun.

Who is the best dancer?
The man to beat is Channing.

You have What to Expect When You’re Expecting coming out first. That’s quite the character change from Magic Mike.
I guess What to Expect is the after product for what Big Dick Richie does for a living [laughs]. So I guess they are out of order! But no, What to Expect was a whole different awesome experience. I work a lot with Chris Rock and Tom Lennon, man those guys are hilarious.

Ten years from now, where do you want to be career wise?
Honestly, back here at Scream hopefully!

Love this man! Be sure to check out Joe in Magic Mike out next year and What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Congrats on the win Joe!

But first, check out The Scream Awards airing Tuesday on Spike.