LOS ANGELES – A hunk named Channing Tatum says that there are times in life and movies when special effects are not required. "All the dances in Magic Mike end the same way with pelvic gyrations," he promises. "The dances start clothed and end naked. There is not cool editing happening."
In Magic Mike, Tatum plays a character that's true to life. In real life, he worked as a male dancer for a brief time before he became an actor. In the film, he plays Mike, a guy trying to make a buck by working construction and other odd jobs – one of them as a male stripper at a Tampa club owned by a man named Dallas (played by Matthew Mcconaughey). 5 Reasons We Love Channing Tatum
Over breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel on a warm summer morning, Tatum appears in jeans and a T-shirt that molds over his massive shoulders. The 32-year-old has a warm smile and a sweet disposition. Even when you ask him about tougher times in his life, he just smiles. "Look, I respect these guys who dance. I respect them for jumping into the thong with both feet," Tatum says. "I've done it before, so I can imagine what it's like for these guys now."
See what else Channing had to tell us about his stripping past and present life in our interview:
Why would a guy ever want to work as an exotic dancer?
I think everybody knows somebody or can look in the mirror and say, "OK, what do I do now after high school or college?" You have your dreams, but sometimes you have to do other jobs to get to the dream. So, you fall into other things. For some guys who choose dancing, years can tick on while the party is happening. If you're a dancer you could wake up ten years later and say, "I don't have much to show for my life. I'm not closer to my dream. I got sidetracked." Getting sidetracked happens to a lot of people.
Were you nervous during your dance scenes for the movie?
I just committed and so did everyone else in this cast. We just went for it during the dance scenes. I wish we had enough time in the movie to show everyone's entire dance scene. Everyone worked so hard on their dances. It's a humiliating thing to be left with very little to the imagination in front of 300 people watching them dance.
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