On Christmas day, the world got it’s first official glimpse of Channing Tatum’s Steven Soderbergh-directed film ‘Magic Mike‘ in a photo featuring Chan, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Matthew McConaughey, and Kevin Nash on the Xquisite stage performing their Fourth of July dance.
Now we have two new photos courtesy of the January 20th issue of Entertainment Weekly and new details via interviews from Chan and his castmate Matt Bomer.
For those who don’t know, ‘Magic Mike‘ is a story of friendship set in the world of exotic male dancing and is inspired by (but not based on) Chan’s experiences at a Chippendales-style revue early in his career. Chan plays the main character (Mike), who mentors a young dancer (The Kid) played by Alex Pettyfer and teaches him the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.
In a recent interview with Collider.com, Matt Bomer revealed more of the plot…
“It’s actually a really intricate plot. It’s very of a Saturday Night Fever/Boogie Nightsilk. It’s a coming of age story. The central relationship in the film is Channing [Tatum] and Alex Pettyfer’s relationship. They play Mike and this character called The Kid. It’s a mentorship type of thing. One person is unhappy with where he is and knows that there’s a real ceiling to that lifestyle and that life, and one person is just getting into the whole glorious aspect of what it means to be a stripper.”
“All the stuff that actually happens in the movie is entirely fictitious and made up because we wanted to take liberties and we wanted to make it good…It’s a fun movie; we wrote it to be fun. We actually wrote it very comedically and in knowing Soderbergh’s style, he doesn’t punch in for close-ups and he doesn’t shoot in a very classic comedic way, so I think, overall, it will make it fun. The stuff that is happening is kind of outlandish, the characters at times will be bizarre.”
In this next interview from MTV (who picked ‘Magic Mike’ as their #4 most anticipated movie of 2012), Chan shares that the routine/song movie goers may never forget is Ginuwine’s “Pony” (one of his favs) and here’s why…
In addition to Chan, Alex, Joe, Kevin, Matt, and Matthew (who plays Dallas, a retired dancer and the owner of the club), the movie also stars Olivia Munn (Magic Mike’s love interest), Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias (the club’s DJ), Riley Keough, Cody Horn (Magic Mike’s sister), Wendi McLendon-Covey, ‘Bridesmaids’ actress Betsy Brandt and ‘The Change-Up’ actress Mircea Monroeas the girlfriend of Matt Bomer’s character.
‘Magic Mike‘ may be one of the most important projects in Chan’s career thus far. In addition to starring in the highly-anticipated movie, he also financed the film with Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh and is executive producing with his producing partner Reid Carolin (who also wrote the screenplay) via their production company, 33 & Out Productions, Nick Wechsler and Gregory Jacobs.
Not that I really need to convince anyone around here, BUT make sure you show your support when ‘Magic Mike‘ hits cinemas June 29, 2012!!!
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