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"I'm a peacock! You gotta let me fly!"

Last month, I was reading Entertainment Weekly and it had a hysterical conversation between Matt Bomer (White Collar) and Joe Manganiello (True Blood) about them being college pals from Carnegie Mellon and upcoming co-stars in Magic Mike, which is the Steven Soderbergh stripper movie based on Channing Tatum's real-life experiences as a male stripper. (FYI, I have known about Magic Mike for quite a while, and yet to this day, the phrase "Channing Tatum stripper movie" never fails to make me laugh and laugh and laugh.) ANYWAY. There was a fantastic moment in the Bomer/Manganiello interview that was simply too awesome to pass up, so allow me to share:

When so many of your gigs today require you to take your shirts off, do you wonder why you needed such a highfalutin education?
Manganiello: The interesting thing is, we've had conversations about the animal projects, which...
Say what?
Manganiello: Freshman year we did these projects where you had to go to the zoo. [To Matt] Were you assigned an animal, or did you get to pick yours?
Bomer: I picked.
Manganiello: I wanted to be a tiger or a lion or something, and they chose a penguin for me. So I had to be a penguin for up to three and a half hours a day for seven weeks, which was ridiculous.
Bomer: I was a peacock. You had to physically embody the animal, and then turn it into a character. Then we had this big town meeting where you brought your character to that meeting, and that's how you were evaluated.
Manganiello: I'm sitting there going, "This is the stupidest thing I have ever done in my life. I'm a fricking penguin, now I have to interact with all of the other animals, and I can't fight back.
Bomer: But now look how applicable it is to True Blood, where you're playing a werewolf!

(For those who are interested, here is a ridiculous shot from Magic Mike. Or as Entertainment Weekly put it: "A movie that is not about five soldiers who save the world. It's much, much better than that.")

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