One of the most pleasant surprises of last year was the fact that Magic Mike wasn’t just the frothy male stripper movie we’d been anticipating for months — it was actually a thoughtful Steven Soderbergh film with serious characters struggling to make it in Central Florida’s crappy economy. Matthew McConaughey’s turn as sleazy, self-serving and super charming club owner Dallas earned him plenty of kudos, too, including an award from the New York Critics Circle and an Independent Spirit nod. So we’re relieved to hear, straight from McConaughey’s mouth, that as plans for Magic Mike 2 are “legitimately brewing,” he would never take Dallas in any kind of cheesy, sell-out direction.
“In the right way [I would come back],” he told MTV News at Sundance last week. “It would be so much fun, but I would only be able to do to revisit Dallas if I really go, ‘OK, that’s what he would be doing.’ And Dallas can’t become like all of a sudden obviously comedic. I’d have to keep him the same tone. He’s committed.”
Having seen recent photos of the scary-skinny actor — who lost basically a whole human’s worth of weight for The Dallas Buyer’s Club — we’re also relieved to hear that the MM sequel won’t be happening for a while, giving him time to bulk up again. For one thing, star/producer Channing Tatum has said he’s taking a break from the screen. “[G]ood for him to do that too cause he’s been cranking it out for a while,” McConaughey said. Not that he’s been slacking either — and his wife just gave birth to baby number three!
But while we wait for the second coming of Mike, Big D— Richie and the gang, we hope Tatum takes a good long look at our suggestions for the sequel.
[Photos: Warner Bros., Splash News Online]