As most of you know, I'm a huge True Blood fan. And like many who have also read the books first, I am solidly on Team Eric (here is Alexander Skarsgard's Boyfriend of the Week post.)
However, even though I'm a sucker (ba-dum-bum) for the blond Viking vampire, the other hunky men on True Blood are definitely not lost on me. One of which is Joe Manganiello who plays Alicide--the show's resident werewolf.
I remember seeing Joe on One Tree Hill and thinking he was hot in that non-pretty-boy, rugged way, but I hadn't remembered him being so freaking muscular. And so I read up on him and found out that his bulking up was a very conscious decision so that he could adequately portray the larger-than-life character Charlaine Harris describes in the book. Here's a quote from an article about it:
"Vampires can get away with having very slight builds and the audience will still believe that they're super powerful," Joe tells PopWrap. "Werewolves are animals and in my mind they should be very muscular. Not an extra ounce of fat on them. Really ripped. I wanted people to look at Alcide and think, 'wow, he's a super strong animal.'"
Joe was also determined to make his incarnation of Alcide live up to the version author Charlaine Harris had created in "The Southern Vampire Mysteries" series. "Charlaine went into a lot of detail in the books about Alcide being giant. About having arms that look like boulders, like Sookie could do pull-ups on them," Joe says.
And all I have to say is he was successful in his goal of making people think "wow." He's built like a brick shithouse now. And after multiple requests from you guys, has earned himself a spot on the Boyfriend of the Week. Enjoy!
So what's the verdict, y'all? Did he succeed in creating the "wow" reaction? Any team Alicide people out there?