New ‘Magic Mike’ Images; Steven Soderbergh Talks Stripper Comedy

Published 3 years ago by , Updated January 14th, 2012 at 9:53 am,

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Nobody working in the film business today has the same style as Steven Soderbergh and few are anywhere near as versatile. One minute, he’s working on grim and horrifying dramas that tackle troubling real-world issues like the war on drugs (Traffic) and the potential for a global epidemic (Contagion); the next, he’s directing another lightweight entry in the Ocean’s Eleven series or a peculiar true-story comedy like The Informant!.

2012 won’t be any different for Soderbergh. His first release of the year, Haywire, is a high-octane, stylized female secret agent action flick; thereafter, he’ll release Magic Mike, a movie about male strippers that the director says is far more comical and naturalistic in its structure.

Magic Mike was scripted by indie writer/producer Reid Carolin, who drew inspiration from star Channing Tatum’s own real-life experience working as a man whose finely-sculpted physique is also his livelihood. While the R-Rated film won’t feature any full frontal nudity (a la Michael Fassbender in Shame) it will feature plenty of handsome male Hollywood hunks wearing little to nothing, including stars like former Sexiest Man Alive Matthew McConaughey and True Blood’s Joe Manganiello.

Get a better look at some of the stars of Magic Mike by perusing through the two new images below (if you dare):

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Co-star Matt Bomer (Chuck, White Collar) previously spoke to Collider about Magic Mike and said it revolves around a Boogie Nights-style coming-of-age narrative about a young stripper known as “The Kid” (I Am Number Four‘s Alex Pettyfer) who is mentored by a veteran named Mike Martingago (Tatum). Boogie Nights was of course directed by P.T. Anderson, a onetime protege of the late filmmaking legend, Robert Altman.

It makes all the more sense, then, that Soderbergh would compare Magic Mike to the latter’s work, as you’ll note in the interview excerpt (via Cinema Blend) below:

“[Magic Mike is] a comedy. It’s fun. It’s a party. It’s an Altman movie in that sense. It has the kind of feel. It’s not like jokes, but the people are funny… There’s no handheld [camerawork] in ‘Magic Mike’, but it’s a little more choreographed than either of [my recent films]. There’s more opportunity for movement. There are more scenes where there are multiple elements choreographed with the movement of the camera, it’s a little more operatic.”

An Altman-esque dramedy that examines risque subject matter in a visually-poetic fashion AND makes good use of people like McConaughey, Tatum, and Pettyfer – who are not exactly known for their stellar acting chops? Definitely sounds like another wonky Soderbergh experience that cinephiles might want to check out.

Magic Mike is slated to hit U.S. theaters on June 29th, 2012.

Source: Entertainment Weekly, Collider, Cinema Blend

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  1. I get this odd feeling that this film will be a “surprise hit”.

  2. Soderberg is fairly obsessed with strippers/hookers/pornstars.. every other film either features such a storyline, or makes some reference
    (“your porn name”, “it’s a buncha fliers- for HOOKERS” etc).
    Guess it’s his way of continuing to brand himself as edgy.

  3. Pass.

  4. This will be a hit for all women, but men will be in an induced coma after watching 10 minutes of it. This is the role of a lifetime for Matthew McConaughey because he always wants to take his shirt off in most of his movies. Unfortunately, men around the world must endure this to keep your women.

    Also, WTF Kevin Nash?

    • i knew i wasn’t seeing things! it is kevin nash isn’t it? hahaha. what is going on here? haha

  5. The full frontal everybody was talking about not happening is gonna be a major bummer for this film… How can you do a stripper movie with no nudity….. YOU TOTALY LOST ME!

  6. YES NO full frontal, why are they still making it? That was the only reason I was following this film…. I’m OUT!

  7. I,ve been following for months now, just to find out It’s for nothing? No Frontal????? Why did you even mention nudity in the first place!!!!! This is my STOP!!!! So disappointed! I’ll rather not watch it. Its like my excitement was built sky high and suddenly dropped into pieces. “While the R-Rated film won’t feature any full frontal nudity ” Make It 13 then. No male nudity.

  8. come someone plz tell me the rating for this film:s

  9. i love Channing Tatum i agree wiv Mike E. i think the film is gonna be really good cant wait to see it. i love channing tatum

    • With, not wiv. Are you really too lazy to spell a small word correctly??

  10. I love every movie Channing is in. I will definitely get all the girls together for this premiere.

  11. I love every movie Channing is in. I will definitely get all the girls together for this premiere.
    Can’t wait to see some hot strippers.