The Naked Truth About Life as a Male Stripper

A new documentary, from Joe Manganiello of "True Blood" and "Magic Mike" fame, follows dancers at Dallas's LaBare, widely considered the premiere male strip club in the world.
Sun June 22, 2014 10:30 am
Dancers at LaBare, a strip club in Dallas that is the focus of a documentary by Joe Manganiello.
Main Street Films

When Joe Manganiello first visited LaBare, the Dallas male strip club, in 2012, most of the dancers had no idea who he was.

Few of them watched “True Blood,” the HBO series on which Manganiello plays a beefy werewolf named Alcide. While almost all of the dancers had seen Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper opus “Magic Mike,” in which Manganiello plays a dancer, their knowledge of the cast did not extend beyond the two stars, Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey.

“Joe’s brother, Nick, asked me, ‘Have you watched “True Blood?” ’ and I was like, ‘That show is terrible,’ ” recalled Jerred Fulbright, 30, who dances at LaBare under the stage name, J.D. “Joe was standing right next to me when I said that.”

Manganiello took the criticism in stride. He was there, after all, to win the trust of the dancers in the hopes of putting

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