Seedy se­crets set up a magic se­quel

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

MAGIC Mike might be based on Chan­ning Ta­tum’s own ex­pe­ri­ences as male dancer, but the Hol­ly­wood su­per­star isn’t sure he’d rec­om­mend strip­ping as a ca­reer.

In Syd­ney for the pre­miere of se­quel, Magic Mike XXL, Ta­tum – an ex­otic dancer in Florida in the 1990s – said there was a “dark” and “seedy” side to the in­dus­try de­spite the film’s glam­orous ap­peal.

“I am not sure I could rec­om­mend it,” Ta­tum, 35, said yesterday.

“But it was a good time in my life.

“It was one com­plete year of down- the- rab­bit- hole crazy.

“I am glad I moved on ... it def­i­nitely has some seedy, darker sides.”

Ta­tum, who plays Magic Mike, a ge­net­i­cally blessed fur­ni­ture maker who re­turns to the world of strip­ping for one last hur­rah, also re­vealed that dur­ing his days as a strip­per that he “did a lot of bad things for one dol­lar bills”.

How­ever, the Magic Mike star re­fused to elab­o­rate on ex­actly what those “bad” things were.

“I’ve done some bad bad things that I can’t even pos­si­bly talk about dur­ing this in­ter­view,” Ta­tum said, to which his co- stars Joe Man­ganiello, in­ter­jected: “We want him to be able to run for of­fice, so as Chan­ning’s cam­paign man­ager, we won’t be an­swer­ing that.”

Man­ganiello’s dirty lit­tle se­cret was that he prac­tised his racy rou­tines on his fi­ancee, Mod­ern Fam­ily star Sofia Ver­gara.

When asked dur­ing aQ & A ses­sion af­ter the Syd­ney pre­miere on Mon­day night, whether he had tri­alled the scene in front of the mir­ror, he replied: “No, not the mir­ror ... I prac­tised for my fi­ancee.”

Man­ganiello, 38, elab­o­rated say­ing: “You go into the pantry and find what­ever snacks are in there, go into the re­frig­er­a­tor and grab the first bev­er­age that catches your eye and go from there.”

While the True Blood star was more than happy for his fa­mous fi­ancee to catch the film, Ta­tum was lit­tle less ex­cited about his now twoyear- old daugh­ter Everly watch­ing it when she grows up.

“I can’t stop her from do­ing it ( watch­ing the movie) and I can’t change the fact I ac­tu­ally was a strip­per,” the mar­ried star said.

“Hope­fully I will raise a nice beau­ti­ful lit­tle evolved girl that will get it ... she gets it.

“One it was a movie, and two it is sup­posed to be fun.”

LAST HUR­RAH: Matt Bomer as Ken, and Chan­ning Ta­tum as Mike in

Magic Mike XXL.

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