True Blood star Joe Manganiello, who plays werewolf Alcide Herveaux in the David Ball’s hit HBO vampire series, says he was “severely depressed” after missing out on the possible opportunity to play Clark Kent in Zack Synder’s Superman: Man of Steel reboot.
The role, scored by Henry Cavill of Tudors fame, was deemed impossible to manage alongside Manganiello’s True Blood filming schedule.
Manganiello said that “[Warner Bros] wanted me to screen test and part of the screen test process is that they actually have to settle your deal, as if you were cast going into a screen before you get the screen test. And so that involved settling of shooting schedule and the dates for shooting Superman would have conflicted with 11 weeks of season five [of True Blood]. And as it turns out they had big plans for my character in season five and they were not willing to share me with Superman.” Devastated over the chance to play the iconic superhero in the highly anticipated movie, the True Blood actor also shared his disappointment over the chance to don the famous suit of Superman. “So regrettably I never got to screen test and I never got to compete for the role. I never got to put on the suit.”
The thirty-four year old actor also added, “this was back in January. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t… I was really, severely depressed for a few months afterwards, because I really thought the direction they were taking the movie and the character, I really thought I had a great idea where to take that and I was very excited and I just wanted to try out my ideas and things. But, you know, it just wasn’t meant to be.”