Mike (Channing Tatum) is a man of many talents and loads of charms from roofing houses and detailing cars to designing furniture in the day while at night headlining an all male revue at Xquisite night club. Seeing potential in a guy he calls the Kid (Alex Pettyfer), Mike take shim under his wing and schools him in the fine art of dancing, partying, picking up women and making easy money. It’s not long before the club’s newest act has fans of his own, as the summer opens up to a world of fun, friendship and good times.
At a recent press conference we spoke to the director Steven Soderbergh, and the cast starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Adam Rodriguez.
There were a lot of montages in the film are we going to see the full versions on the DVD?
Steven Soderbergh: We have edited the full length versions of all the routines and they’re pretty disturbing. These performances might be really uncomfortable to watch. We did ten or twelve and I watched them back to back and it was really disturbing so I don’t know.
Channing Tatum: I don’t think people get that these routines all end the same way with a lot of gyration. They all start fully clothed and then it ends without clothes.
Channing how was it dressing up like Marilyn Monroe in the film?
Channing Tatum: As far as Marilyn goes I did that to a buddy of mine on his birthday, he was eating at a restaurant and I walked in as Marilyn and basically sang him happy birthday and embarrassed the hell out of him, so we decided to put it in this movie for fun.
Matthew what did your wife think about you doing this movie and were you nervous about the dance routines?
Matthew McConaughey: She actually snuck in quite a few days and gave me the thumbs up and said go for it babe, so she’s going to like it. In my dance routine I was very nervous, before going out on stage it was very nerve racking. Then after doing it once you kind of wanted to get up there and do it again. When I first talked to Steven (Soderbergh) he called to offer the role of Dallas to me and he pitched the story and I was laughing really hard and I said yes. I just asked him to give me one line about my character and he said this guy Dallas is pretty connected to the UFO’s. So that was a great launch pad and I knew it was going to be great.
Did any of the ladies playing the club patrons take their roles a little bit too seriously?
Matt Bomer: Yeah I think those are all happy accidents when that happens, it was part of that world and if they wanted to touch you in certain places it was OK.
Adam Rodriguez: You want that, when you go out there you want the audience screaming to help you know that you are doing the right thing.
Channing Tatum: They were actually there for awhile with us and they became sort of our friends> You would get off stage and they would say that was a really good one, that part where you did the thing, that was great.
Matthew McConaughey: They were crazy during the dance routine and afterwards they became very motherly. They wanted to take care of you and would tells us we did good.
Did you guys have any reservations when it came to the wardrobe that you were required to were for the film?
Channing Tatum: I just have lots of respect for all these guys for just jumping into the film with me and out onto the stage because I’ve done it before and it was still nerve racking for me and I can’t imagine what these guys had to go through. Matt Bomer had to go first and I felt so bad for him, I thought maybe I should go first. But everyone just committed they just went for it. I wish we had time in the movie to show you everyones dance cause they all worked hard at it. It’s a very humbling thing to get up there and left with very little to the imagination in front of 300 people.
Matthew McConaughey: As far as trusting wardrobe it’s one of the farther leaps of faith to trust a thong.
Channing Tatum: And sometimes it completely betrays you!
Matthew McConaughey: It weighs nothing, it weighed what a dollar bill weighs and in this performance this is the only protection that I have. The first time putting it one you check every possible angle to see if everything is covered and you don’t understand how it is but for the most part it’s covered. I would put the thong on and walk around and have normal conversations, you have to talk about football or what you ate last night. That’s what’s funny because you’re just leaning on the wall and just hanging out. You get comfortable with it because the first time you put it on your body kind of contorts and you need to straighten up and shoulders back and hips out. So yeah it’s a bit unnatural.
Steven Soderbergh: Channing told me his mantra is, that it’s only weird if you make it weird. So that was the attitude everyone took, it doesn’t have to be weird if you don’t want it to be.
You guys all seem like very competitive actors was there competition when it came to your dance routines?
Matthew McConaughey: Let me say this on the competition side, we all got to see Channign go first so it was obvious he was going to win and the best I can do is get second place.
Joe Manganiello: Channing is in a dancing movie, we’re in a dry humping movie.
Hope there were no wardrobe malfunctions on set.
Steven Soderbergh: Somebody tore the string of Matthew’s thong. In order for Matthew to get out of that situation he did a tuck and role but c’mon he was daring the extras to do it.
Channing Tatum: It was so bad that I felt that I didn’t bring it on my performance, they didn’t run up to the stage like that for me. These women lost their minds and we didn’t instruct them to do that. Matthew just brought them right in, like he tells Alex (Pettyfer’s) character in the film, you have to bring them in.
Steven Soderbergh: I think it was the song that he sang that brought them in.
So what was most challenging, getting into character, or getting into wardrobe, or getting the routines?
Channing Tatum: I would say they’re all pretty equal. It wasn’t so much that it was hard, the routines you really wanted to stick them and do well. But it wasn’t hard because they were all fun and hilarious. I remember the first day after we learned the routines they were like alright now you now it so it’s time to naked boys. It was going to happen soon then later and everyone just went out there and did it. Then I went OK never-mind I guess it’s not going to be as hard as I thought it was going to be, everybody just went nuts.
Channing this movie was slightly based on your real life, what do you say to the two male strippers in Miami that are saying you used their stories in the film?
Channing Tatum: There is nothing that is factual in this whole movie other then I was an eighteen year old kid that went into this world. I dropped out of college, and played football, and I was living on my sisters couch. There is not one character that I took from my real life this is just the world that I went into and I had a perspective on and I created everything from a fictional place. Those guys have been trying to make money off of me since I’ve gotten into this business. They’re just interesting people and I don’t want to say anything bad about them but they’re part of the reason why this world is so interesting. I’m thankful for weird people out there because they’re the most creative people out there.
“Magic Mike” is in theaters June 29th.