Channing Tatum Talks ‘Magic Mike’

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The new film Magic Mike, opening this Friday (Thank God, finally) stars Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Cody Horn, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Olivia Munn. From the short trailer I watched, it honestly looks like a group of (extremely attractive) male friends who get to strip and party together every night, and have a lot of fun doing it. But I hear there is more to the story than feasting your eyes on the ripped bodies of the famous celebs who star in the film.

The movie follows star Channing Tatum as “Magic Mike”, the best stripper in town, as he mentors newcomer Alex Pettyfer as “The Kid” whose sister he ends falls in love with. The comedy isn’t all laughs though, it takes dramatic turns when Tatum is faced with the struggle of “wanting more”. The stripper secretly loves and has the talent to craft beautiful furniture and has to figure out how to make his dream a reality.

AfterElton got the inside scoop. Tatum explained more in depth when he said, “You have the dreams that you want to do and then you kind of have to do other jobs until you can get to that dream. Mike and I, I think, a lot of these guys, just sort of fell into this thing and it was fun and years just sort of ticked on as the party was happening. All of a sudden, you’re like ‘wow, it’s like 7 years later and I don’t have really very much to show for it. I’m not any closer to my dream.’ At some point the party just got in the way and became your life. I think that’s happened to a lot of people. They just get sidetracked.”

Read on to see how these men bonded over their experiences in the movie.

So just how did director Steven Soderbergh round up the most attractive men in Hollywood and convince them to bare (almost it all) and let loose in front of the world? I don’t think it was that hard, and I think the stars took it as a challenge. The main challenge being wearing a thong…

Tatum seems to be the obvious veteran and leader behind the scenes. Even to legendary McConaughey who we used to see shirtless on a daily basis. He wasn’t as comfortable as one would expect himself to be in the film, at first. But you can tell the star who plays sexy cowboy “Dallas” on screen got into his role and had a lot of fun.

“It is one of the larger leaps of faith to trust a thong. It weighs what a dollar bill weighs. It weighs nothing. At the end of this performance, this is the only protection I have. So the first time putting in you’re going ‘what is every possible angle I can be in so I can check to make sure everything is covered?”

Tatum, obviously accustomed to the thong, added with a laugh, “sometimes they completely betray you.”

That is what is so cool about this film. Yes there are six extremely attractive and confident men stripping on screen for the world to see, but the only way they got through it was camaraderie. They were all in uncharted waters and navigated together. Soderbergh said of the stars of the film, “These guys were so disciplined. They ate like rabbits. I’ve never seen this kind of diligence. Maybe it was just fear but, also, I didn’t sense any competition because I think the fear of doing it bonded [them]. They’re all jumping out of the plane together.”

I can truly believe that these stars had fun making this film, grew to be good friends, and supported each other through the thongs, the uncomfortable dance moves and all that the movie has to offer.

Tatum summed it up nicely when he said, “Most movies, when you’re done with your scene you go home. You go home, you go ‘that’s it. I’m good. I’m going to go home for the day.’ And that’s not what happened with everybody. You wanted to see them do their routine and do it well and kill it. Every time that Bomer or anybody came off stage you went back and you high-fived them and told them what really worked and ‘you murdered that’.”

Most of all, he said, “It really became a weird team. Like, a really weird, strange team.”

Bottom line, if the shirtless hunks on screen doesn’t get you into the theatre to see this film, then hopefully these interviews will. I, for one, can’t wait to see what this movie has in store for audiences, and I think skeptics will surely be surprised.