Joe Manganiello: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Joe Manganiello, Actor, Director and Producer
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh native Joe Manganiello marks his feature film directorial debut with the documentary La Bare, hitting theaters on June 27th. The film is an insider's look at the history, the lives and the culture of the most popular male strip club in the world, La Bare Dallas. Manganiello, who holds a BFA in Acting from The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, is best known to audiences for his roles as 'Big Dick Richie' in Steven Soderbergh's male stripper phenomena Magic Mike and as werewolf "Alcide Herveaux," on HBO's True Blood for which he has won both critical and popular praise. Now, with the imminent release of La Bare, Joe shares how his film's premise was inspired: "Throughout all of Magic Mike’s success, the one prevailing compliment/complaint I received from just about everyone who saw the film was that they wanted more of the guys. People were unanimously interested in knowing more about our characters, who they were, where they lived, how they grew up, who they dated, etc. So, when my brother and I started our production company 3:59 in the late fall of last year, we decided that as our first order of business, we'd take a small crew to Dallas to see if we could find a story capable of satisfying everyone's curiosity. What we found was a goldmine."

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Questionnaire
1
What is your favorite word to describe Pittsburgh?

Heart.

2
What word best reflects the people of Pittsburgh?

Proud.

3
What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Pittsburgh?

Heinz Field.

Opened in 2001, Heinz Field primarily serves as the home to the Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Pittsburgh Panthers football teams.

4
What is your favorite outdoor activity in Pittsburgh?

Watching fireworks over the skyline at night from Mt. Washington.

5
What is your favorite indoor activity in Pittsburgh?

Visiting the Warhol Museum. 

The Andy Warhol Museum collection includes 900 paintings, approximately 100 sculptures, nearly 2,000 works on paper, more than 1,000 published and unique prints, and 4,000 photographs, as well as a film and video collection with 60 feature films, 200 of Warhol’s 'Screen Tests' and over 4,000 videos.

6
What is your favorite sound or noise in Pittsburgh?

Hearing the roar of the crowd when they play Styx-“Renegade” during Steelers’ games.

7
What is your favorite smell or taste in Pittsburgh?

Primanti Bros. in the Strip.

8
What drink best reflects Pittsburgh?

Iron City Beer.

Pittsburgh Brewing Company’s flagship Iron City Beer is a classic American lager established in the rich traditions of Pittsburgh and built on 150 years of brewing experience.

9
What song or type of music best reflects Pittsburgh?

Rusted Root’s first album, Cruel Sun.

10
If Heaven were Pittsburgh, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Welcome to the City of Champions.

2014 Slamdance Film Festival.

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