New Interview with Joe Manganiello on Alcide

December 30, 2009 in Alcide, Alcide Herveaux, True Blood

I have to admit – my first reaction to the casting of Joe Manganiello as Alcide Herveaux was a loud and resounding WTF?!

He doesn’t look much like Alcide to me – I still can’t get over the beady brown eyes that are supposed to be big and green. And a cursory search on YouTube to see him actually act didn’t do much to reassure me either…

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However.

He’s just done an interview with Ausiello, and I have to admit…I’m warming to the warm blooded were. As well as sounding like a pretty good guy, he talks about his long-held fascination with werewolves and the supernatural:

When I was a little kid, the nun at my elementary school said if you pray for something hard enough, it’ll happen. And I would pray every day with all of my heart that God would turn me into a werewolf.

I guess he just got his wish.

I just loved Halloween. When I was 4, my mother dressed me up as a vampire and brought me to a haunted house. When I think about it now, bringing a 4-year-old kid to a haunted house is pretty intense. There was a vampire in the haunted house that jumped out of a coffin and I went up and tried to climb into the coffin with him. He wound up picking me up and putting me in the coffin with him and closing the lid. I [just] always liked monsters. There was something interesting about having this thing inside of you that you can’t control that comes out when you get angry. There’s something cathartic about the idea of having a beast inside you.

While he doesn’t mention that he’s read the books, he does hint that bookies will be pleased [at least until Ball decides to fuck him up]

Q: Will your Alcide be different from the Alcide in the books?
A: Alan Ball and I had a conversation about that at one of my auditions. I think it’s up in the air. I know that, at least initially, fans of the book will be pleased with my character.

It also sounds as though Alcide and Sookie’s first meeting will occur under the same circumstances as it did in Club Dead – with Alcide arriving on her doorstep, presumably sent by Eric, to help her find Bill:

When Sookie first meets him, she opens the door and looks up, and then has to look up some more. So there’s this giant presence standing in the doorway with dark hair and dark features. He’s strong and protective. He comes from a construction background; his father is in the construction business. He’s heroic and romantic. I don’t think it’s a secret that he has a broken heart when he shows up. He had a really rough go of this relationship with Debbie Pelt, so there’s a lot of friction there.

It sure sounds like he has done his homework and he identifies with the character, and none of that can hurt. Casting for True Blood has tended to either nail it perfectly (Eric, Pam, Lafayette, Sam, Gran) been a complete fail (Sookie…oh dear god, Sookie) or something in between (Bill – he’s too old for the part but Moyer can act). So it remains to be seen how well they’ve done this time. For now, I’m happy to give this guy a go and see what he can do.

But I still say it should have been Henry Cavill *sulks*

Source: Part 1 and Part 2

True Blood – Meet Alcide

December 15, 2009 in Alcide, Alcide Herveaux, True Blood

Well that was quick! The call went out on Friday, with an announcement already that One Tree Hill actor Joe Manganiello is to play Alcide.

What do you think?

I’m kind of meh. Alcide had a kind of earnestness about him and I don’t feel that with Joe. He looks shifty. I can’t recall seeing him act in anything though so I guess I’ll have a look on YouTube before I make up my mind. First impressions aren’t really enthusiastic though.

I do like that he’s 6″4. Just picturing Bill standing in between him and Eric makes me giggle, and that’s no easy feat today. I’m in a bad mood over the other big casting announcement – Massive Rant Pending so I’ll save my thoughts on that.

Calling Alcide

December 12, 2009 in Alcide, Alcide Herveaux, True Blood

A casting call has finally gone out today to find an Alcide.

Leaving this a little late dontcha think? He’s supposed to appear in E03 and they’re already filming.

The casting call is….interesting.

ALCIDE: Good-looking, rough-around-the-edges, articulate, heroic, and decent, but not what he seems. He gets along well with Sookie. There’s even an attraction between the two. Very strong recurring.

Not what he seems? I hope this is just a reference to his tendency to get furry and grow teeth. Other than that, I think Alcide was pretty much the what-you-see-is-what-you-get type. But knowing Ball he will probably end up with some nefarious agenda just to keep things “shocking”.

My pick for Alcide is Henry Cavill…he looks exactly as I picture Alcide.

Who would you guys like to see playing Sookie’s newest furry suitor?

Source

You can stop looking now Alan, I found him.

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