Despite what you might have thought, Channing Tatum is good at more than having a chiseled jaw and staring off into the middle distance. He can also work it like a 9-to-5, which he did on the set of his upcoming stripper film Magic Mike, much to the amazement of his colleagues. “Oh, Channing, by far. He’s like on another level. Obviously, he’s got more experience,” Tatum’s co-star Joe Manganiello told New York when asked which Magic actor had the best moves. As for his own booty-popping skills, the True Blood actor admitted, “I wouldn’t call myself a professional dancer, but I will say that when I got back to my trailer and shook my clothes off, there were some one-dollar bills that fell out.” We can only assume Channing taught Joe everything he knows. He was probably the greased-up sexy Yoda to Manganiello’s spastically gyrating Luke Skywalker.
Also willing to throw down for Tatum’s sexy dancing skills is his wife of two years, actress Jenna Dewan. “I didn’t show him any routines, but I would definitely watch his and give my critiques and suggestions,” The Playboy Club actress said of her man’s abilities. Jenna added, “He’s amazing. He’s a great stripper! I should ask for more [private dances].” If the Academy really wants to draw in young viewers to the Oscars, they know what new category they need to add next year. And who would win it.
Matthew McConaughey, we salute you. While real firefighters, cops and infantry men might be too busy actually doing their jobs to strip down to their bronzer-stained thongs, Matt and co-stars Alex Pettyfer, Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello prepare to bare it all for our benefit in the first official photo from Steven Soderbergh‘s upcoming Magic Mike. A film where McConaughey gets to combine his hatred of shirts with our love of themed semi-nudity? Let. Freedom. Ring.
If the Lincoln Lawyer star wasn’t already pleased with the service he’s doing for his country (i.e. whatever you call those indents under a guy’s abs), McConaughey is also currently riding a camouflage pontoon boat of love down the surging river of holiday engagements. “Just asked camila to marry me, #MerryChristmas,” Matthew tweeted this weekend, along with a photo of a kiss shared with girlfriend and mother of his two children Camila Alves. Congratulations to Camila and Matthew on their festive news! And congratulations to us, for a 2012 filled with greased-up abs…and liberty!
Joe Manganiello has the hunk thing down (tall, dark, so very, very handsome), but he’s also really fun to chat with. We caught up with the True Blood actor right after winning Breakout Performance at the Scream Awards, and he filled us in onÃ‚Â Magic Mike, his upcoming project with director Steven Soderbergh. Also known as That Stripper Movie Starring Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum. Rawr.
The actor raved about the film —Ã‚Â ”It’s gonna blow minds” — and his co-stars. “It was like Spring Break,” he said of their time together. “They are the greatest group of guys.” When I asked if the Pec Posse (you like that?) visited any strip clubs while shooting in Tampa, Joe told us, “I didn’t, but a lot of them did.”
He wouldn’t name names, but we have some guesses. Who are yours? Watch the video below the jump.
Based on her previous stripper-themed film I Know Who Killed Me, we all know Lilo is capable of working the pole so hard, she has to offer it health benefits. Unfortunately, it looks like it came down to Elvis Presley‘s granddaughter Riley Keough and Linday Lohan for a part in the exotic dancing buddy drama Magic Mike, and Lohan is the one who had to relinquish her position on the six-inch-Lucite stilettos we call Fame.
According to a source reporting to E! Online, “Riley was cast as the girl who dates Alex Pettyfer‘s character in the movie. The character is trouble with a capital T, which Lindsay would have been perfect for.” Unfortunately for Lohan, her reputation proceded her, and director Steven Soderbergh took a pass. “He didn’t want to deal with all that. Nobody wanted to go there,” the source explains. The movie also stars Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey,Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello, information that makes us feel a profound sadness for Lindsay in a way we never have before.
Considering how many times the man has taken his shirt off for a gratuitous torso shoot during his career (does infinity count as a number?), few people should be surprised by Matthew McConaughey’s ex-stripper role in Magic Mike, the world’s first exotic dancing buddy drama (that we know of). McConaughey has signed on to play former strip artist Dallas who now owns the club where Channing Tatum and I Am Number Four‘s Alex Pettyfer work the pole. Meanwhile, we are already so angry that this film going to be ignored by the Academy.
The film is based on Channing Tatum’s stripper past and will be directed by Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh for some unknowable reason. The plot of Magic Mike revolves Tatum as he mentors new dancer Pettyfer, though we’re sure McConaughey could stop in to teach a few lessons: The Fine Art Of Ab Waxing, Oils And Lotions 101 and the Causes And Treatment Of Chronic Thong Burn.
Despite the failure of his heavily hyped I Am Number Four and Beastly films earlier this year, Alex Pettyfer‘s fifteen minutes of fame aren’t over quite yet. Though he didn’t score a role in The Hunger Games, Alex did just grab a role in the new Steven Soderbergh film, Magic Mike, based on Channing Tatum‘s male stripper days. Tatum will play the wizened Magic Mike, with Pettyfer his young apprentice. Finally, a Burlesque for men!
With Soderbergh notorious from hopping between esoteric art projects and Ocean’s Eleven movies, it’s unsurprising he wouldn’t be put off by Pettyfer’s “LA is a s—hole” talk, and it will be interesting to learn if Alex really has a “thank you” tattooed over his crotch. Still, unless Magic Mike gets amazing reviews, it’s hard to imagine this movie pulling even one straight man into the theater. Will this movie be Alex’s comeback or a bizarre footnote?