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Joe Manganiello Premieres Male-Stripper Doc, “La Bare”

La BareJoe Manganiello was one of our favorite things about Magic Mike—even if his Big Dick Richie didn’t get any lines. The film, and the subject of male strippers, left a strong impression on the True Blood actor, too, prompting him to produce La Bare, a new documentary about an infamous flesh factory in Dallas that’s considered world’s most popular male strip club .


La Bare just debuted at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City (Think of it as Sundance’s edgy little brother) and will find its way La-Bare (1)into theaters this summer. But it almost didn’t happen: “I had zero interest in male stripping prior to Magic Mike. As a straight male, I had a lot of misperceptions about the industry,” Manganiello tells EW. “People would walk out of Magic Mike saying ’I loved it but I wish there was more of the guys. I wish I knew more about them, where they live, who they go out with, what their lives are like.’ So I knew there was a lot left on the table.”

Joe Manganiello La BareFunding the film with his own money, Manganiello teamed up with his brother brother Nick, who’s also his partner in 3:59 Inc. Productions. They initially envisioned it as a reality series but some encouragement from Soderbergh—and the tragic shooting death of a dancer weeks before filming began—made the brothers realize there was a deeper story to tell about the iconic dance club.

“It’s a Trojan horse,” Nick told Essential Homme of the doc. “You’re definitely getting a look inside the world of male stripping, but who these guys are, where they come from, where they’re going, takes the film in a lot of different directions.”


The actor returns to the world of male stripping with La Bare

Making headlines this week is Joe Manganiello, who returns to the world of stripping following his role as Big Dick Richie in Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike.

Joe Manganiello La BareThe actor made his directorial debut with La Bare, a documentary about a popular Texas male strip club, on Sunday at Slamdance Film Festival. Within days, Manganiello scored a six-figure distribution deal to bring the film to theaters in North America. Inspired by his turn as a male stripper, Manganiello interest in the world grew.

“I had zero interest in male stripping prior to Magic Mike. As a straight male, I had a lot of misperceptions about the industry,” Manganiello told Entertainment Weekly. "I had a really good friend who once mumbled under his breath that he’d been a male dancer in the 90s. I just let that one go, I didn’t pry at all, I didn’t want to know anything. But when I got the offer from Steven to do Magic Mike, he was my first phone call. When I sat down with him, the stories that he told were nothing of what I expected, and really just mind-blowing. It was sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll. It was the rock star lifestyle.”

The film is a "lively package" of eye-candy, including two featured strippers: Randy Ricks, a former competitive bodybuilder, and Ruben "Angelo" Riguero, a well-liked character deemed the best stripper at the club.


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