Matthew McConaughey & Joe Manganiello Interview For ‘Magic Mike’
A dramatic comedy set in the world of male strippers, ‘Magic Mike’ is directed by Academy Award-winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven) and stars Channing Tatum in the title role. The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. Magic Mike seems like the perfect role model: he’s got a nice car, a nice apartment, and a seemingly endless supply of women. What’s his secret? He’s a male stripper, and when The Kid dives headlong into Magic Mike’s world, his mad dancing skills and hunger for excitement make for an unforgettable summer. Alongside Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer, ‘Magic Mike’ stars Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Mangianello, Olivia Munn, Riley Keough, Cody Horn, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodriguez. ’Magic Mike’ arrives in cinemas June 29th in the US and July 11th in the UK.
Your character in ‘Magic Mike,‘ he’s a man with a vision….?
Matthew McConaughey: Oh yeah. Dallas is a lot of things but primarily a businessman, and he’s always on the lookout for the next big thing. But the guys, these are Dallas’ guys, they’re his boys. Mike is his main man. I’d say he met Mike six or seven years ago and Mike’s the kid who just had it. That was probably his first guy on. He had some ideas, recruited some more guys on. He thinks of it as an extended family, he’s somewhat of a father figure, he’s somewhat of a cult-head at times. Dallas is the creator of this thing that they’ve done, this exquisite Revue. Following his vision, he’s got the hottest Revue going and now he’s thinking a lot bigger than that, you know? He wants to move to Miami, a larger piece of real estate, he wants to take over South Beach. At the same time, he wants to spread it around the globe, spread content….he would want to go astro if he could (laughs).
The group of guys in ’Magic Mike,’ it seems like you had a lot of fun. How was it working with the group?
Joe Manganiello: I think what’s great about the guys in this movie specifically, and I think if you had a different group of guys you probably would have got a different feel, it would have been a different movie. But this particular group of guys that’s been assembled for ‘Magic Mike,’ they’re all the “sexy guys” from their corners of the universe. But nobody takes themselves that seriously at all, whether it’s Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, me, whoever. There’s a real sense of humour to it, both situationally and I think internally. Everybody’s really funny in it, I think.
Did learning and doing all the dance sequences help the group dynamic?
Joe Manganiello: It worked wonders. I was a little nervous about it, but I came in rehearsal the first day and they acted the choreography that I was then going to learnt. And I just started laughing, out loud, hysterically (laughs). Rolling on the ground laughing. I saw the sense of humour that Alison Faulk and the choreography team put together. It’s amazing, the dance scenes are hilarious. Most of times on a movie, when you’re filming, everybody else sits in their trailer, does their own thing. On ‘Magic Mike,’ it was a completely unique experience where everyone was out of their trailer, on set at all times, watching what everyone else was doing, laughing hysterically, high-fiving, screaming. There was a real sense of camaraderie on ‘Magic Mike,’ and I think the dance moves were what brought all that together.
After all of that training, how was it when you first took what you learnt on set to film?
Joe Manganiello: Even after working on our routines for weeks, that first take is a shock. You’re concentrating on the choreography, trying to hit your marks, and then when it’s over you want to go right back out there again. The only thing I can compare it to is skydiving: as soon as it’s over you want to do it again because you realize you missed the first three seconds. And those women were going crazy. We’d go home at night still buzzing from the energy off that crowd (laughs).
How did you approach your character with the help of Steven Soderbergh?
Matthew McConaughey: Steven Soderbergh, he’s cool man, a real cool guy. He’s doesn’t say much, he says what’s needed. One thing he did…. approaching ‘Magic Mike,’ we spoke very little. First thing he said was, “You really couldn’t make any wrong choices, there’s really no way to go wrong.” And the next thing he told me was, “He’s connected with the UFO’s man,” (laughs). That’s about all he said to me about this for two and half weeks. What that did for me was let me know, “OK, I’ve got to find my guy, get his identity, get him off the page. Then let then him fly.” Then when I came back and brought the ideas to Steven, he didn’t as much want to hear them, he wanted to see them. He’s great.
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