True Blood’s Joe Manganiello Working with Wolves

May 7, 2010 by  

Joe Manganiello has been keeping himself busy on the set of True Blood by getting acquainted with his four legged co-stars who are the alter ego of werewolf Alcide Herveaux.

Recently Joe spoke with TV Guide Magazine and stated that instead of using CGI, the show is using North American timber wolves (gray wolves) who weight in at around 200 pounds for their werewolf scenes.

The wolves are supervised by two trainers each, while a temporary fence separates them from most of the crew. As Joe explains, the wolves have to get use to the actors before they appear in a scene by having the actor walk with, talk to and pet them under a trainer’s supervision.

Joe‘s werewolf is named Thunder,

“He is the grumpiest wolf, kind of like Alcide.” He adds that Alcide has kind of lost his pack, he kind of is this dark, dark place.”

To make sure the wolves are not too grumpy the trainers bring them to the set early to “pattern” them and show them where they need to walk or run for a scene.  However, Joe states that they can be disobedient at times and troublemakers.  Hopefully they don’t decide to take a bite at anyone.

SOURCE: TV Guide Magazine

(Photo credit:  IMDb.com)

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  • Caesar

    I think it is also wonderful that they work with live animals. Not only does it promote their beauty I find that it might just stop people from shooting them in the Northern territories. Most animals like people react due to fear, not because of being evil. Okay, Politicians are evil, animals are not. Besides I like animals more than people they mainly kill only to eat and have a bond that most people wish could exist amongst ourselves.

  • val

    I too am glad they are using the real wolves! There is a wolf rescue close to my home and I have spent many wonderful hours with these intelligent,relativly gentle carnivores>they are so intelligent it is eerie sometimes when they look into your eyes!
    I don’t know how people who have interacted with them could ever find them “evil”-they are a truly marvelous species!

  • jaxx

    I’m glad they’re using real wolves instead of the CGI wolves like in Twilight. I think it’ll look much better and appear more realistic. Go Joe!!! And keep those wolves at bay. Wouldn’t want our favorites to get bitten. lol.

  • lizzie

    Way to go! Real wolves! I hope they are not disobedient when our stars are acting with them, especially our Bill! 200lb (around 120kg?) wolves! They will pack a punch!

    Thanks Adore Bill! That was very interesting – love these 4 legged actors already!