Aw, yeah…it’s about to get really real up in here.
When Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh teamed up to bring a movie based on some of the experiences Tatum had as a stripper back in the day, it was (pardon the pun) magic: Magic Mike, to be exact. Since then, fans around the world have been screaming for an encore.
And now they’re gonna get it (and then some).
Basically the only thing we knew for sometime was merely the title to the sequel (Magic Mike XXL) and not much else…until today!
In the upcoming July issue of GQ, Tatum reveals that Magic Mike XXL will be based on Tatum’s early days on the stripper circuit when he went to two different stripper conventions at the tender young age of 19, traveling “in a dark U-Haul with a bunch of these guys and we’re doing drugs driving up to the stripper convention.”
How insane are these conventions? According to Tatum, THIS insane:
The women (upwards of 3000 at one convention) would come from miles and miles around, then you lock the doors and you say all bets are off. It gets zany and crazy, and it’s a wild ride. It’s an incubator for insanity. It doesn’t matter almost what you do onstage. I don’t want to put anything in black and white on a page, but if you’ve been to one, you know how crazy it gets, and now pour kerosene on that. You’ve seen Magic Mike – now multiply that. Mob mentality. It’s just exponentially crazier. I thought it was absolutely insane.
And although he tried super hard, Tatum could not convince Soderbergh to return to the director’s chair for the sequel.
It’s super complicated, in my opinion, why he wanted to stop doing film. I lobbied probably harder than anybody else—we had many, many nights of heated debate. I was, ‘I don’t f***ing get it! Why?’ And he’s (Soderbergh) like, ‘I don’t need it.’
This time, Soderbergh’s leaving the directing to his producing partner Greg Jacobs, BUT he’s still on board as director of photography, camera operator, and editor, saying “I want to be a part of it. I want to be in the band, but I just don’t want to be the frontman this time.”
Get your singles ready, y’all. Magic Mike XXL opens on July 3rd, 2015.
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