Joe Manganiello Admits 'Magic Mike' Role Has Prompted Odd Stripper Requests

Joe Manganiello arrives at RAGE Official Launch Party at Chinatown's Historical Central Plaza in Los Angeles on September 30, 2011 Joe Manganiello arrives at RAGE Official Launch Party at Chinatown's Historical Central Plaza in Los Angeles on September 30, 2011

Joe Manganiello is taking a break from his role as the often-shirtless Alcide Herveaux on “True Blood” to play another shirtless beast of a man – stripper Big Dick Richie in “Magic Mike.”

”[It’s] so much fun,” Joe told Access Hollywood at the “Rage” video game launch party on Friday in Los Angeles.

The actor told Access that playing a man who takes his shirt – or sometimes, a costume – off for the ladies has created some surprising reactions.

“I’ve had several requests to save the firemen costume since I started shooting,” he admitted. “So if that one disappears at the end…”

Before “Magic Mike,” which also stars Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Joe’s old Carnegie Melon classmate Matt Bomer, hits theaters next year, Joe will be back on the small screen, this time on “Two and a Half Men.”

“It was a blast,” Joe said of playing Ashton’s love rival on the CBS sitcom in an upcoming episode. “Ashton was super cool. I’m a big fan of [creator] Chuck Lorre, and he called me up and wanted me to be on the show. He was really excited, so I said, ‘Of course — I’m there.’”

And in just over a month, Joe said he’ll return to the set of “True Blood.”

“November,” he said of his upcoming “True Blood” shooting schedule. “I’m going to sit down with Alan [Ball] in a couple of weeks and find out what’s going on in Season 5.”

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