You may recognize Joe Manganiello from his role as the hunky werewolf Alcide on True Blood and as Big Dick Richie, his character in the 2012 male-stripper comedy Magic Mike.
Now Joe is back for his directorial debut, La Bare, a stripper documentary bound which headed to theaters in June 2014.
He provided Vulture with a statement about his film:
I can’t express to you how many times I’ve heard, “We’ve seen it all.” “There’s nothing new.” “Everything is recycled.” “Nothing is shocking.” Blah, blah, blah … But I guess I just never really paid attention to the chatter until I made my first feature film.Soon after filming, there were the bands that had pulled their songs from the film despite the protests of their record label, the ban of our art/posters on bus stops and billboards due to it being too risqué … And then came the wait for the MPAA rating … And with that, the realization that I indeed had found something new, something fresh, something shocking to show the general public.
With La Bare, I had somehow sailed my way into uncharted waters and stumbled upon an island not recorded on any map … the completely misunderstood world of male entertainment.
With Magic Mike, we scratched the surface, and with La Bare, I had the opportunity to plumb the depths of this strange and provocative world hidden in plain sight.
Shocking, hilarious, and heartfelt, the film explores every level of the profession in three vivid dimensions.
I can honestly say that this is the last subject I ever imagined my directorial debut would deal with, but nonetheless, here I am, about to unleash this fascinating and unexplored subculture on the public.
Let the conversations begin …
Watch the red-band trailer below: