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Joe Manganiello says “big stuff” coming for Alcide in Season 5

Joe Manganiello says “big stuff” coming for Alcide in Season 5

While True Blood’s Joe Manganiello was disappointed that he didn’t get to play the role of Superman in director Zack Snyder’s franchise reboot, (the role went to British actor Henry Cavill), he is consoled by the fact that he expects “big stuff” to happen for Alcide in True Blood’s Season 5.

Joe told Digital Spy that a schedule conflict with his HBO show True Blood took him out of the running to play Clark Kent.

[Warner Bros] wanted me to screen test and part of the screen test process is that they actually have to settle your deal, as if you were cast going into a screen before you get the screen test,” he said.

And so that involved settling of shooting schedule and the dates for shooting Superman would have conflicted with 11 weeks of season five [of True Blood]. And as it turns out they had big plans for my character in season five and they were not willing to share me with Superman.

“So regrettably I never got to screen test and I never got to compete for the role. I never got to put on the suit.”

Discussing how he felt after losing out on the Superman part, Manganiello added: “This was back in January. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t… I was really, severely depressed for a few months. For a few months afterwards.

“Because I really thought the direction they were taking the movie and the character, I really thought I had a great idea where to take that and I was very excited and I just wanted to try out my ideas and things. But, you know, it just wasn’t meant to be.

The 34-year-old admitted that he was consoled by the fact that “big stuff” will happen for his character Alcide Herveaux in True Blood.

“Playing Alcide is a bit like playing a superhero. He has this secret identity that he has to hide from the world and has these superpowers and is burdened by that,” he commented. “I love the show and I love this character, I love working with my castmates and I’ll forever be indebted to [True Blood executive producer] Alan Ball for the opportunity. So there’s a definite upside.


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9 Comment responses

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    August 13, 2011

    “The fickle finger of fate” strikes again!
    Actors, directors, and other entertainment professionals must run into this type of thing fairly often, and I’m sure it seems incredibly unfair at times. In order to fulfill current obligations, one must decline opportunies that come up – even when they appear to be the chance of a lifetime.

    I recognize Joe’s honesty when he talks about his depression over the situation, and I am glad he is appropriately grateful to Alan Ball and Co. for giving him this great role in the iconic TrueBlood series.

    Life is not fair, it’s true, but with this job and it’s obvious benefits, I am sure this actor is in a good place for future endeavors.

    I am looking forward to more great stuff from Alcide, and from all the “super” characters on TB!


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    August 13, 2011

    Wasn’t big stuff coming to Alcide this Season? I haven’t seen much. Is he making some self-promotion already?


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    August 13, 2011

    i figured it would be season 5……yep….man number 3.


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    August 13, 2011

    Maybe they skip Quinn, and give his love story to Alcide. That should be “big stuff”.


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    August 13, 2011

    I love Joe Manganiello as Alcide Hevereaux!!
    he looks like a cuddly teddybear!!
    I really don’t need to see Quinn.
    I love tigers~BUT I don’t need to hear him uttering “Babe” every
    twenty minutes. It would be great to see a 750LB Male Bengal Tiger
    as TrueBlood uses real animals in place of CGI Green screens like
    Twilight or Vampire diaries use.
    Maybe Alcide will get to see Alcide become Packmaster????


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    August 13, 2011

    In my books a were-wolf is way cooler than superman anyday any way!


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    August 13, 2011

    I wonder if Alcide will sort of take the place of Quinn from the books and be Sookie’s next boyfriend? I hope so. I think Anna and Joe have great chemistry. I also really like Alcide as Sookie’s final choice. It’s my official speculation that Sookie won’t be with a vampire at the very end.


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    August 13, 2011

    I’m sorry about the Superman loss, but look forward to Alcide’s story arc in Season 5.


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