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Joe Manganiello: I’m a fitness unicorn

Joe Manganiello is unimpressed with actors who have to have their torsos airbrushed for magazine covers, as it doesn't show how they genuinely look.

The buffed up actor doesn't just stay in shape for acting roles, but rather working out has become a way of life for the star. This is a far cry from others in the industry, claims Joe.

"A lot of actors who are on the cover of lifestyle magazines look like they've had their waistline airbrushed or they're wearing winter clothes of whatever," Joe told the British version of Men's Health.

"I see them and think: 'That guy doesn't work out, I know that guy and he smokes two packs of cigarettes a day and is a complete drunk on the weekends. No he's putting out an illusion on the cover of a glossy magazine.' It's absurd to me. I'm athletic and I'm healthy. I'm like a unicorn in the world of actors."

It's Joe's fourth time gracing the cover of the fitness publication, beating both Hugh Jackman and Jason Statham.

Joe's own body transformation came after he landed the role of a life time, Flash Thompson in 2002's Spiderman. Instead of getting another blockbuster straight after, it took him four years to land his next role.

In the meantime he found work in construction, where the physical demands of the job soon had an effect on Joe's body. Soon he was frequenting the gym every night after work to get his exercise fix.

"I didn't just train after work; I hit the gym like an animal. I pushed myself to the point where people around me were borderline frightened," he recalled.

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