Stripping Down the Steamiest Secrets of Magic Mike

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It seems arsenic if it was conscionable yesterday that a red-thong-clad Channing Tatum was steaming up our screens.

But it's really been 10 years since the merchandise of Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh's slick (literally, owed to each the oil) tale about the titular charismatic stripper who dreams of opening his own business and takes an aimless assemblage dropout nether his wing.

Of course, even the bromantic plot was a distant 2nd to the oculus candy, moviegoers not precisely flocking to theaters successful 2012 to spot the rubric character's customized furniture. (Surely if this movie was made now Mike would just have an Etsy store.) Rather, Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez and Kevin Nash offered their bodies up for cult-classic posterity successful a twist connected the usual male regard trope and made it rain, raking successful $168 cardinal connected a $7 cardinal budget.

Watching those fellows bare astir each caused "a kaleidoscope of emotions," Cody Horn, who played Pettyfer's sister and Tatum's emotion interest, joked to E! News backmost successful 2012. While her character, Brooke, was expected to look visibly enactment disconnected by her brother's new profession while unavoidably intrigued by Tatum's skills, she admitted, "If it was maine up there, I would've been like, 'Ah, look astatine this unbelievable guy.'"

The screaming ladies on hand to bask the "C--k-Rocking Kings of Tampa" had nary specified inhibitions.

"Based connected our experiences dancing with the extras," Bomer told E!, "these girls were not acrophobic to transverse boundaries, to transverse lines, to interaction you successful peculiar places."

Manganiello agreed, recalling successful a workplace featurette, "They went wild, man. At 1 constituent they ripped McConaughey's thong off." (Subsequently, improvisational crotch-cupping by the aboriginal Oscar victor was required.)

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By fashionable demand, Magic Mike has since spawned an XXL sequel and an HBO world competition, positive Tatum has confirmed that they're going to marque Mike's journey a trilogy. But you ne'er hide your archetypal dance.

So successful grant of the all-beef original's 10th anniversary, we've got your behind-the-scenes secrets close here:


Been There, Done That

Magic Mike was famously inspired by Channing Tatum's ain little stint moving arsenic a stripper earlier his acting vocation took off. When helium told Steven Soderbergh about his past, the director—who archetypal worked with Tatum connected 2011's Haywire—thought it would marque for an astonishing movie.  

So the brace sat down implicit blistery dogs—"Which is hilarious, 'cause it was a blistery dog," Tatum quipped successful a studio featurette—and decided to dive close in.

Screenwriter Reid Carolin said Tatum's beingness "was a jumping-off point" but otherwise the communicative was purely fictional.

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In the Flesh

While it was nary concealed to Step Up fans that Tatum was a earnestly skilled dancer, his quality Mike Lane does immoderate high-flying tricks connected stage, prompting the question of whether a treble was employed for astatine slightest immoderate of his moves. But the reply was no, choreographer Alison Faulk assuring in the studio featurette that "every flip and twist" was the histrion himself. "There's nary doubling of anything, ever," she said. "It's him."

Co-star Matt Bomer was certainly impressed. "It defies the laws of physics that someone his size tin determination the mode helium does," helium said of the 6-foot-tall Tatum, "and with the consciousness of bushed that helium has, it's truly confounding."

Or arsenic Joe Manganiello told E! News, "Channing Tatum is simply a dancer. We are dry-humpers."

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Feels Like the First Time

Indeed, speech from Tatum, nary of the film's stars had immoderate dancing acquisition (or astatine slightest thing resembling what they were called upon to do). So, Faulk held a three-week footwear campy to thatch them the basics, specified as body rolls and hep isolation, as good arsenic "just knowing however to instrumentality your apparel disconnected to marque it look sexy," she said, earlier they moved connected to much analyzable routines.

Alex Pettyfer, who plays newbie Adam—aka "The Kid" connected stage—told E! News successful 2012 that his character's archetypal awkward creation (to "Like a Virgin," naturally) was also his first clip performing connected a signifier successful beforehand of a unrecorded audience, successful this case dozens of rowdy women. "I'd ever been capable to fell down a camera," the British histrion said. "And each the reactions you get are genuinely the aforesaid reactions you spot successful the movie...It's a truly nerve-wracking experience. It's the biggest adrenaline rush, by the way, it's similar a drug, that's I conjecture wherefore these guys bash it time successful and time out."

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Hot Spots

The exterior shots of Xquisite, the Tampa nine wherever the fellas ply their trade, were filmed outside Wilson's Bar successful St. Petersburg, Fla., while Platinum Live—a since-closed nightspot successful Studio City, Calif.—was utilized for the interior.

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Some Pig

We couldn't assistance but beryllium wholly distracted by Herman, the tiny favored pig toted astir by party-girl-of-few-words Nora, played by Riley Keough.

According to Humane Hollywood, which keeps way of carnal appearances successful movies, the porcine scene-stealer responded to manus and verbal cues and puppy pens were placed astir the acceptable to support him harmless and distant from immoderate hazardous objects.

And for his large scene, erstwhile Mike and Brooke find Herman licking up Adam's vomit, that was a mixture of atom cereal and piglet formula.

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Odd Man Out

While astir of the stars were going connected astir however each the uninhibited dancing and walking astir successful thongs created a definite camaraderie connected set, Pettyfer said that he wasn't feeling the brotherly love.

According to the actor, Tatum—who besides served arsenic a producer—was wary astir casting him successful the archetypal spot "because helium looked upon maine arsenic a risk, and rightfully so," the Beastly star said in 2015 on Bret Easton Ellis' B.E.E. podcast. Pettyfer pointed to his "very antagonistic past relating to the things that I had done connected movies and promotion of movies."

So lest helium hazard rocking the boat, Pettyfer hardly talked to anyone astatine all. "I really did my enactment and I sat successful the country and listened to music," helium recalled, "because I had been told that thing I bash is incorrect by reps...I was precise insecure arsenic a quality being and that besides gave maine a atrocious rep due to the fact that they said, 'Oh, Alex thinks he's f---ing amended than everyone other due to the fact that helium doesn't talk to anyone,' and that's not true. I was conscionable genuinely tense and frightened to beryllium myself."

The atrocious humor boiled implicit a fewer months aft they wrapped erstwhile Pettyfer and then-fiancée Keough rented a New York flat that belonged to friends of Tatum, but past moved out aft lone 4 months. According to Pettyfer, his allergies were flaring up owed to alleged particulate and mold successful the unit.

Afterward, helium continued, helium got a "very negative" email from Tatum saying, "'Don't f--k my friends. You beryllium money. Pay the f--king money. Don't beryllium a clown.'"

At the aforesaid time, Pettyfer said, his relative had conscionable died and helium took Tatum "the incorrect way, which I shouldn't have, and emailed him backmost saying, 'I'm successful a antagonistic headspace, tin you respect maine for a moment, and blah blah blah.' And I conscionable got hounded done this clip of grieving for money, and by the extremity of it I conscionable fundamentally said, 'F--k them. What is wealth erstwhile beingness is truthful overmuch more? I'm not dealing with this and I'm not paying.' And I should person conscionable paid."

This remains a one-sided story, arsenic Tatum has never said a nationalist connection astir it.

"I was ne'er difficult," Pettyfer reflected to Variety in 2018. "I was ever connected clip and knew my lines. But I deliberation it's the aura you enactment retired successful the satellite that radical tin sense. I astir apt did not person the appreciation I should person had for the presumption that I was in."

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If You Say So

Bomer said helium didn't retrieve immoderate contented betwixt Tatum and Pettyfer astatine all, though helium admittedly whitethorn person been distracted by the never-ending task of keeping his junk bottled up successful his G-string.

"Channing is 1 of the astir amusive radical I've ever worked with," the White Collar star said successful 2017 connected Watch What Happens Live. "He acceptable a large tone. They some came to enactment connected time, did large work, and determination was ne'er immoderate undercurrent of hostility that I witnessed."

"I was a small tense astir what I was wearing astatine the time," Bomer added, "so possibly I wasn't noticing these undercurrents."

Bomer enactment connected a reported 15 pounds of musculus to play dancer Ken, and shed galore years' worthy of angst.

"I, similar astir quality beings, person issues with my body," helium said with a laughter successful the workplace featurette. "I was raised successful a precise blimpish home. The thought of celebrating your assemblage successful that mode was precise overseas to me, truthful I knew I was going to person to excavation down heavy if I was going to propulsion it disconnected and spell to immoderate places that weren't comfortable. And I deliberation that's what you person to bash arsenic an creator each present and then."

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Least Surprising Improvisation Ever

It was Matthew McConaughey's thought to person club owner Dallas play the bongos. (And they're the actor's ain bongos, too.)

"Well, I'm introducing this guy, played by Kevin Nash, a WWF wrestler, and he's Tarzan, he's 1 of my guys and helium plays Tarzan," the histrion explained to the San Francisco Chronicle, "so it's a jungle taxable that helium comes retired to. So I said, 'I wanna get the djembes and truly marque a jungle bushed and telephone him out.' Now it's a beauteous bully country but it astir apt won't beryllium arsenic good remembered arsenic my October-1999, get-arrested-for-playing-the-congas-in-the-birthday-suit scene." 

He didn't originally mean to poke amusive astatine himself similar that, but helium leaned into it erstwhile helium realized it was each anyone was reasoning about. "Funny however that was my astir nationalist session," helium quipped to Backstage of his naked-bongos arrest, "even though I was each alone. But my thought was that Dallas had to springiness these guys entrances and exits, I person to beryllium this big with sounds and lights and music. It was never. 'Oh, that would beryllium comic for maine to bash that successful a movie.' What I said was. 'That is what Dallas would do.' Five steps later, I thought, 'Oh, conjecture what? Because of that incident, it makes this adjacent funnier.'" 

McConaughey's all-in show surely wowed his co-stars, Tatum telling E! News successful 2012, "I didn't deliberation anybody could travel successful and bushed what we wrote connected the page, and lad were we wrong. On the archetypal day, helium was doing worldly we couldn't adjacent imagine."

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Cinema Vérité

Soderbergh, a Best Director Oscar victor for 2000's Traffic (the aforesaid twelvemonth helium was also nominated for Erin Brockovich), hearkened backmost to his early Sex, Lies, and Videotape-style of indie filmmaking for Magic Mike, which creation numbers speech has a precise laid-back, real-dudes-talking benignant of travel to it.

Talking to E! News successful 2012, Tatum compared Soderbergh's attack to documentary filmmaking, saying he "has a constituent of presumption and past helium opens the playing tract up for everybody to travel successful and spell nuts."

"You benignant of conscionable speech each the time on set," the histrion explained, "and past adjacent happening you cognize there's a camera mounting up implicit determination and he's going [thumbs up], 'Good job, conscionable support it going.' You spell arsenic you go, and you marque it arsenic you go."

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Cut Out for This Line of Work

Thinking astir the fare and workout involved, Tatum astir didn't hold to a 3rd movie (which, presently titled Magic Mike's Last Dance, is said to beryllium successful pre-production).

"It's hard to look similar that, adjacent if you bash enactment out, to beryllium that benignant of successful signifier is not natural," helium said on The Kelly Clarkson Show successful February. "That's not adjacent healthy. You person to starve yourself. I don't deliberation erstwhile you're that lean, it's really healthy. I don't cognize however radical who enactment a 9-to-5 really enactment successful signifier due to the fact that it's my full-time job, and I tin hardly bash it."

And adjacent worse, helium added, "Why, erstwhile it takes like, I don't know, 2 months to get truly lean, successful 3 days you tin suffer it? It's gone. I was like, 'What happened?'"

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