09:40 AM EDT 11/06/2013
Originally posted 04/28/2012 05:00PM
For True Blood's Joe Manganiello, playing a stripper for the upcoming movie Magic Mike meant wearing a thong for the first time.
"I wore these little thongs that literally go up your butt, and it definitely takes getting used to," Manganiello, 35, told PEOPLE at the IWC Schaffhausen watch boutique opening in New York.
"It was uncomfortable at first. It sort of felt like a wedgie," he said, "but once you get into the routine of wearing one, you know what to do and you just do your thing. We all had to suffer a bit for our craft."
Originally posted 04/25/2012 09:10AM
Any good actor knows the importance of researching a role.
For Magic Mike costars Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum, that meant delving into male strip clubs – for business, not pleasure, McConaughey, told reporters at the premiere of his latest movie, Bernie, in which he costars with Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine.
Speaking of Magic Mike, McConaughey, 42, said, "[We] met early on and went by one male review strip club in New Orleans, I was there for about an hour. That was enough."
Originally posted 04/19/2012 10:35AM
For a movie about male strippers, the trailer for Magic Mike (watch below) offers an appropriately tantalizing tease – and allows Channing Tatum to show off the moves he perfected in that line of work once upon a time.
From the moment it begins, the trailer is the Channing show, as he leads costar Alex Pettyfer into an all-girl party dressed as police officers.
Soon, we see Tatum, 31 – as the title character – grinding, break-dancing, flipping and spinning on stage at a strip club, putting on a bravura performance for an adoring crowd. (Only later does it become clear that he's conflicted about his career.)
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