Matt Pais, @mattpais
RedEye movie critic
June 18, 2012
Check back next week for my full interview (featuring some awesomely ridiculous stories) with Channing Tatum about"Magic Mike," opening June 29. For now, a small snippet of the actor's thoughts on ...
Avoiding full-frontal nudity in "Magic Mike": "Yeah, we didn’t want to have a bunch of penises flopping around. I don’t think that was on our bucket list for this movie. I just think it’s distracting whenever you really see stuff like that. It’s like sex scenes in a way or full nudity scenes. All of a sudden, for me personally when I’m watching a movie, and I see an actress butt-naked or something, I’m just like, 'Oh my god!' I forget about the character and I’m like, 'There’s Angelina Jolie, and she’s beautiful and she’s naked in front of me.'"
Two former stripper co-workers claiming he stole their stories for “Magic Mike”: “[Laughs] Yeah. I’ve heard about this. Somebody texted me about it this morning … I think it’s the same guy that sold the video the first time. There’s a video of me dancing, that’s how this all sort of came around. They’re just coming out the woodwork. All the people that I essentially danced with, they’re all good guys, man, and I wish them the best. I don’t really know what to say. This has nothing to do with anyone’s life. This has nothing to do with real fact. The only thing that has to do with fact is there’s an 18-year-old kid with a sister. Very little. That’s it. We specifically made it vague for that reason because we didn’t want anything like that to happen because we knew that it was going to. I haven’t watched these things yet, but I’m going to watch them because it’s just hilarious. It’s funny to me. But I’m really appreciative that--we need other people promoting this movie, so thank you, guys. [Laughs]”
Why it’s fun to impersonate Matthew McConaughey: “He’s such a character. He’s a larger than life character. I think everyone sort of wishes that they had something like that in them. I don’t know if I’ve ever met very many people that are as special as he is. He is a one of a kind thing.”
If everyone walked into a room saying, like McConaughey, “All right all right all right”: “I think a lot more people would enjoy their lives if they would do that. He’s such a dude. He’s such a suave, swaggering character. I think wherever he had grown up, he’d have just been that guy. Because he’s just that guy. I don’t even know how to explain it.”
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