USMagazine, Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 4:01pm (PST)
With a name like Big Dick Richie, Joe Manganiello has a lot to prove in Magic Mike. In an interview with the March issue of OUT, the actor addresses rumors he padded his G-string to embody his role as a male stripper.
"I'll let everybody see the movie and they can decide," a sheepish Manganiello says.
Director Steven Soderbergh says the beefy 6-foot-5 star doesn't have anything to be embarrassed about. "The joke on the set was he was walking CGI. At one point, we have him painted gold, and it's pretty cool."
Soderbergh cast Manganiello in the male stripper movie after seeing him on an episode of Chelsea Lately. "Part of what we required was someone who could improv and bring a lot to the table. He was funny, smart, had a good energy and was distinctive," Soderbergh says. "I needed to make sure each guy had their own identity, and he didn't disappoint."