Did any of you guys have a favorite costume or a least favorite, and did you take any costumes home with you?
Channing Tatum: “I loved all my costumes. I have all mine.”
Matthew McConaughey: “I kept all mine. As soon as we found the leather pants on the first day with Christopher, the costume designer, we were like, ‘Okay, that’s Dallas’ staple.’”
Joe Manganiello: “I’ve had many requests for the fireman’s suit.”
Matt Bomer: “I liked them all, too. The Ken Doll was really fun, but I really liked the group numbers that we got to do as well. The only thing that we took home was…Ken was kind of a hippie. So, he had this tiger’s eye necklace and I took that.”
Joe Manganiello: “When I die, I want me In Memoriam at The Oscars to be in the Gold Man. I’m calling it right now.”
On some level this is a movie about entertainers caught between art and commerce. How do each of you deal with that theme, and Steven, how often deliberate was it and how much would you like the audience to think about that thing? Finally, Channing, why did you stop stripping?
Steven Soderbergh: “I wanted to make sure that there were a lot of conversations in the movie about money and work because I feel like for most people these are issues that dominate their lives, especially lately. So, we were always looking for ways to sort of bring that conversation into the film. The most obvious example, obviously, is when Chan goes to the bank to try and get a loan, but I think this issue of what you’re willing to do to be paid is interesting. At a certain point, when Mike starts to feel that what he’s doing is undervalued and he has to make a decision about whether he can accept that, I think everyone in this room has been in a situation where they have felt a certain point undervalued and has to make a decision about how they’re going to express that or whether they’re going to express it. So, I think it’s a very relatable issue.”
Channing Tatum: “I feel very undervalued…”
Steven Soderbergh: “Especially this year.
Matthew McConaughey: “The $42 million dollar man.”
Matt Bomer: “Are you asking how we straddle the line between art and commerce? I think you work on the roles that draw you in and the stories that you want to tell, and if you’re lucky enough to get to work with a director like Steven, all the better. But I think this was one of those movies that I felt was kind of the best of both worlds.”
Joe Manganiello: “I think we all signed on to this one coming from the independent spirit. This was filmed as this little indie movie expose and I think we all signed on to work with who we got to work with, on the script that we got to work on, in the world that we got to work in. We’re sitting here now, and I mean, the big shock to me was when all the studio executives were coming to filming every day. I went, ‘Wait a minute, this little tiny art house movie…wait, everyone is going to see what I just did to that girl?’ Then we all came in with this great spirit and I think the fact that it’s snowballed into what it’s snowballed into is exactly what you hope for. I mean, that’s it. You work on this project to make the artists happy and you wind up, hopefully, making the bill payer happy, too.”
And Channing, that last question?
Channing Tatum: “I was undervalued so I stopped stripping. No. Look, I was 18 years old and I worked three jobs. This was just one of them, and I really enjoyed performing. It was probably my first performing job ever. I really like to dance, obviously, but then I didn’t really love taking the clothes off at the end, but the world in itself was just a very dark world in a way. I don’t think we even scratch the surface of really how dark that place can get and how slippery of a slope it can actually be. This was probably the most palatable version of this movie. Otherwise, you wouldn’t want to see it twice. You’d just be like, ‘Okay, I feel dirty now.’ I think we blade ran that topic, but just really got out and then I basically kept working in the clubs but I just went with some of the boys that danced as well and we’d just put on shows at this one nightclub. It’s actually in the movie. Amphitheater. We put on these crazy shows in the back that we didn’t get naked in.”
What was more challenging, getting into character, getting into wardrobe or learning your routines?
Matthew McConaughey: “Routine.”
Adam Rodriguez: ” It’s all kind of part of the same thing.”
Channing Tatum: “I’d say, yeah, they’re all pretty equal. It wasn’t hard. It wasn’t so much hard. The routines, you wanted to stick them and do well and perform them well, but it wasn’t hard. They were all fun and hilarious. I remember the first day that they were like, ‘All right, guys, we’ve learned these routines and now it’s time to get naked now, boys. It’s got to happen sooner or later,’ and everyone was like, ‘Woo!’ and just went out and did it. You were just like, ‘Okay, never mind. This isn’t going to be as hard as I thought it was going to be. It’s going to be pretty easy.’ Everybody just went nuts.”
When it came to the thongs, what was the process of picking the thongs out? Was it according to taste or color preference or size?
Steven Soderbergh: “Well, as you can imagine it was a very personal process. I know what I like and it didn’t take long at all. Honestly, when shooting in the thong shop, when you go in there, you do have to make decisions about which ones they’re going to pick. It’s pretty easy to eliminate ninety nine percent of what’s hanging on these racks because they’re just either silly or ugly, like the elephant. Who’s going to wear that?”
Channing Tatum: “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Don’t judge.”
Steven Soderbergh: “Again, I think we were trying to find a balance. As Chan was saying, there’s a very dark version of that movie to be made, but at the end of the day we wanted it to be fun, whether it was the costumes or the routines or just the way that people were acting with each other. We wanted to find this line where you were smiling as opposed to being disgusted. We were constantly surfing that.”
This movie is based on your real life, Channing. What do you have to say about the two male strippers in Florida who claim you didn’t give them credit for this?
Channing Tatum: “Okay, I can’t wait. I was waiting for someone to bring this up. Look, there’s nothing that’s factual in this whole movie other than I was an 18 year old kid and went into this world and I dropped out of college and playing football and was living on my sister’s couch. There’s not one character that I took from my real life. This is just a world that I went into and that I had a perspective on, and we created everything from a fictional place. Those guys have been trying to make money off of me since I’ve gotten into this business. Literally, London was one of the guys that sold the video that essentially, thank God, my friend here saw and liked it and then we made a movie of it. They’re just very interesting people.
I don’t want to say anything bad about them because they’re part of the reason why I think this world is so interesting. They’re very interesting, intriguing, bizarre characters and I’m thankful for the weird people out there because they’re some of the most creative people. I mean, watch his YouTube video. It is really, really entertaining. I mean, that’s how he starts every one, and you’re just like, ‘Oh, we’re back, baby. We’re back!’”
What do you miss the most about this world?
Channing Tatum: “I don’t miss anything about this world.”
Magic Mike is now playing in theaters (Check out our review).