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Steven Soderbergh & The Cast Of 'Magic Mike' Talk "Disturbing" Dance Sequences, Objectifying Men, Trusting The Thong & More

The Playlist By Todd Gilchrist | The Playlist June 27, 2012 at 11:01AM

At the recent Los Angeles press day for “Magic Mike,” which tells the story of a successful stripper who takes a newcomer under his wing, there were a lot of questions about thongs – certainly more than are usually asked at a press conference. But with director Steven Soderbergh at the helm of the film and the center of the panel of contributors who brought it to life, much more was ultimately discussed than just where the cast purchased their undergarments, and how they chose the ones that they felt best represented their characters’ personalities.

Alex Pettyfer, Channing Tatum, Magic Mike
And Channing, why did you stop stripping?
Tatum: I was undervalued so I stopped stripping. No. Look, I was eighteen years old and I worked three jobs. This was just one of them, and I really enjoyed performing. It was probably my first performing job ever. I really like to dance, obviously, but then I didn't really love taking the clothes off at the end, but the world in itself was just a very dark world in a way. I don't think we even scratch the surface of really how dark that place can get and how slippery of a slope it can actually be. This was probably the most palatable version of this movie. Otherwise, you wouldn't want to see it twice, you’d just be like, 'Okay, I feel dirty now.' I think we blade ran that topic, but just really got out and then I basically kept working in the clubs but I just went with some of boys that danced as well and we'd just put on shows at this one nightclub. It's actually in the movie. Amphitheater. We put on these crazy shows on in the back that we didn't get naked in.

What was more challenging, getting into character, getting into wardrobe or learning your routines?
Tatum: I'd say they're all pretty equal. It wasn't hard. It wasn't so much hard. The routines, you wanted to stick them and do well and perform them well, but it wasn't hard. They were all fun and hilarious. I remember the first day that they were like, 'Alright, guys, we've learned these routines and now it's time to get naked now, boys. It's got to happen sooner or later,' and everyone was like, 'Woo!' and just went out and did it. You were just like, 'Okay, never mind. This isn't going to be as hard as I thought it was going to be. It's going to be pretty easy.' Everybody just went nuts.

Magic Mike, strippers
This movie is based on your real life, Channing. What do you have to say about the two male strippers in Florida who claim you didn’t give them credit for this?
Tatum: Okay, I can't wait. I was waiting for someone to bring this up. Look, there's nothing that's factual in this whole movie other than I was an eighteen-year-old kid and went into this world and I dropped out of college and playing football and was living on my sister's couch. There's not one character that I took from my real life. This is just a world that I went into and that I had a perspective on and we created everything from a fictional place. Those guys have been trying to make money off of me since I’ve gotten into this business. Literally, London was one of the guys that sold the video that essentially, thank God, my friend here saw and liked it and then we made a movie of it. They're just very interesting people. I don't want to say anything bad about them because they're part of the reason why I think this world is so interesting. They're very interesting, intriguing, bizarre characters and I'm thankful for the weird people out there because they're some of the most creative people.

What do you miss the most about this world?
Tatum: I don't miss anything about this world.

This article is related to: Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh, Channing Tatum, Matthew Bomer, Matthew McConaughey, Reid Carolin, Joe Manganiello

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