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Originally posted 06/29/2012 07:30AM
Channing Tatum is taking more than one for the team.
Playing a male stripper in his new film Magic Mike, the actor, 32, embraced all that was necessary to prepare for the role – from working out three hours a day and sticking to strict dairy- and gluten-free diet, to rubbing on self-tanner every morning and waxing his legs.
"It was the most painful thing I'll ever do," he tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "And it's something I'll never do again."
Originally posted 06/27/2012 07:00PM
It sure worked for The Full Monty – taking the story of male strippers from the screen to the Broadway musical stage. So why not the new kid on the runaway, Magic Mike?
Apparently, that's the plan already in the works by Channing Tatum, whose own story loosely forms the basis for the new movie, and his screenwriter and producing partner Reid Carolin.
Furthermore, the movie's Alex Pettyfer, 22, says he would "absolutely" do the Broadway version. "I think we should all do the opening night," he tells USA Today about his fellow manscaped costars costars Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer.
Originally posted 06/27/2012 09:45AM
Channing Tatum's male stripper film, Magic Mike, may not open until Friday – but some lucky fans in New York City got an early preview of the actor's moves Wednesday.
During an appearance on NBC's Today show to promote the movie, Tatum, 32, participated in a flash mob with a slew of backup dancers in Rockefeller Plaza, doing a choreographed routine to a slowed-down version of "It's Raining Men." (Watch video below!)
The impromptu performance seemingly forced hosts Ann Curry and Al Roker to quickly get out of the way of the troupe.
Originally posted 06/22/2012 11:15AM
Joe Manganiello bares all for his role as a stripper in Magic Mike, opening next Friday. But even now that filming has ended, he's still not shy about stripping down – sort of.
Manganiello, 35, appeared on The Soup this week, donning a prosthetic beer gut.
"That's right, ladies," the True Blood star deadpanned. "Soak it in. The six-pack is here."
Originally posted 05/17/2012 08:50AM
When Matthew McConaughey gets cheeky in his new movie, Magic Mike, rest assured, it's definitely him.
"That's all me up there," the actor tells the Advocate in a new interview of (mostly) baring it all in his striptease scene. "I don't need a stunt a––."
As for the exposure, the actor says he just wanted to go for it.
"I said, 'I gotta dance, man.' I would regret it for the rest of my life if I was in a male stripper movie and didn't get up there and strip myself," he says, noting that his big scene wasn't initially in the script. "At first it was scary as hell, but then it became like a drug and I couldn't wait to do it again."
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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