These Magic Mike facts will get you ready for the sequel in no time!
Here’s everything you need to know…
Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh co-financed the first Magic Mike film on a budget of $7 million, which is reasonably cheap for a Hollywood blockbuster!
The film was part inspired by Tatum’s experiences as a stripper in Tampa, Florida when he was 18 years old.
In 2000 Tatum was cast in Ricky Martin’s ‘She Bangs’ music video. He then went on to star in Step Up and Step Up 2 before showcasing his mighty moves in Magic Mike.
Matthew McConaughey had no stripping scenes in the original script but he requested to have one. He 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.’
The song Ladies of Tampa was written in three hours by music supervisor Frankie Pine, Matthew McConaughey and Martin Blasick (McConaughey’s guitar coach).
The thongs were made by a company called Pistol Pete.
Matthew McConaughey was the first person cast in Magic Mike, aside from Channing Tatum. Steven Soderbergh pitched him the story and within 10 minutes he accepted the role.
Joe Manganiello was convinced to take the role of Big Dick Richie after talking to his What to Expect When You’re Expecting co-star Chris Rock.
The cast did their research by visiting a strip club to see the dance routines and get information on the backstage life.
To prepare for the role, Matt Bomer had to put on about 15lb for his part, Adam Rodriguez upped his cardio and weight training and Matthew McConaughey went for regular waxes.
Prior to hitting the silver screen, Kevin Nash was a professional wrestler signed to WWE and is the oldest male entertainer of the cast.
What you see is what you get! All of the men who performed in the film rejected the idea of using stunt doubles.
And if you want to XXL your Magic Mike knowledge…
It’s no secret that Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer didn’t get along, but don’t worry the new film is still great even without Pettyfer in it!
Returning in the sequel is obviously our favourite leading man Channing Tatum along with Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodriguez. Joining the star-studded cast are Jada Pinkett Smith and Amber Heard.
The guys go to a strippers convention!
Andie MacDowell makes a flirtatious appearance in the film.
Channing Tatum’s moves are even more energetic in Magic Mike XXL, combining back flips, acrobatics and some outrageously sexy dance moves.