The male stripper film Magic Mike is one of the most anticipated films of the Summer and to capitalize on that anticipation, Entertainment Weekly is featuring the principle cast studs on the cover of this week’s issue. The magazine will feature a gatefold cover with lead star Channing Tatum on the outside … and when you flip out the cover, his co-stars Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Matthew McConaughey on the inside. Click below to check out a fun animated first look at this week’s Magical issue of EW magazine.
In honor of Channing Tatum, the star of 21 Jump Street and The Vow whose stint as a stripper inspired Magic Mike (out June 29), this week’s cover does a little striptease of its own. Once you’ve taken in the sight of Tatum looking dapper all by himself, the flaps open to reveal a photo of him with his Magic Mike pals Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello (True Blood), and Matt Bomer (White Collar), all of whom play dancers at a male revue in the R-rated drama, directed by Steven Soderbergh. EW brought the group back together for a wet and wild photo shoot followed by a rowdy, booze-soaked dinner, where the costars swapped their best stories about acting, waxing, and baring (nearly) everything in their new film. ”Actors, generally, if we finish our scenes early one day, we go home. It wasn’t like that on this set. Especially during the dances—we were there cheering everybody on,” says Tatum, who was there when a frenzied group of extras accidentally ripped off McConaughey’s thong during a dance number. “It was a collection of women being like, ‘I have to tip him,’ and then the weight of all the dollar bills in their hands just took [his thong] off,” Tatum recalls, laughing. Consummate actor that he is, McConaughey didn’t even break character. “I stayed in sequence,” he says proudly. “I went for the tuck. [Mimes covering his manhood] I went for the roll. [Mimes doing a forward roll] And I finished the dance.” Manganiello, for one, had no problems with the movie’s wardrobe—or lack thereof. “When I came in for a meeting with the casting director, she hadn’t seen True Blood. So she said, “Are you going to be comfortable with partial nudity?” And I go, “Have you seen my show? I’m the poster child for that.”
Sadly, I wasn’t very impressed with the first trailer for Magic Mike that was released last month. My fear is that the film will be sorely lacking in male stripping and overwrought with cheesy romcom bologna. We already know the guys won’t be showing us the full enchilada (boo) so I was hoping they’d make up for that sad fact by shows us as much flesh as possible. STILL, I will be seeing this film when it opens. At the very least, I’m hoping the movie is fun … but a surprising amount of man flesh would be very welcome as well ;) This EW cover and behind the scenes
photos are really nice, aren’t they?