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Joe Manganiello talks full-frontal nudity for 'Magic Mike'

September 1, 2011 |  3:33 pm

Joe Manganiello talks "Magic Mike" and his character Big Dick Richie

Joe Manganiello doesn't want to hear any bellyaching from his "Magic Mike" costars about baring their bodies. After all, the actor says, nudity is a part of his day job.

"It's not that different from what I do on set on 'True Blood,'" Manganiello told the Huffington Post. "I wonder if some of the other guys have done it before -- taken their clothes off on camera.

"For me, it's just a typical day at the office," he said.

Manganiello will star in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" -- alongside longtime pal Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum, whose experiences as a young exotic dancer served as inspiration for the flick. 

Having taken it off since the beginning of his career, Manganiello isn't intimidated by playing a sizable character.

"When I was in college, I did an off-Broadway show where I was full-frontal on stage, so I guess all of these crazy parts have been coming my way for a long time," he said.

"Magic Mike" begins shooting in mid-September, but expect more Manganiello as the fourth season of "True Blood" winds up and Emmy Awards festivities unfurl. 


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Photo: Joe Manganiello in Los Angeles on Aug. 23, 2011. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press