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