Matthew McConaughey Wants You to Know That His Behind In ‘Magic Mike’ Is His Own
Matthew McConaughey really does bare it all in ‘Magic Mike.’ Just in case you were curious.
Just in case there were any doubts, Matthew McConaughey would like to make sure that you are absolutely clear on one thing: Certain, ahem, assets of his which you’ll see on display in the upcoming male stripper flick Magic Mike are all his own. Or, as he put it, “That’s all me up there. I don’t need a stunt a**.”
Good. Thanks for clearing that up, Matthew.
The actor recently spoke to Advocate about his role as Dallas, the owning of the strip club at which Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike and his crew work, as well as his experience shooting the film. When the LGBT magazine asked Matthew whether he considered using a stripper stand-in during his bare-it-all number, the delightful little sound byte above popped up—preceded, of course, by an adamant “No way!” Oh, Matthew. Never change.
It isn’t easy playing a stripper, by the way, though it’s worth noting that Dallas’ strip tease was Matthew’s idea. Dallas, you see is retired—hence why he’s running the club these days, rather than dancing himself—so a strip tease wasn’t written into the script for him. However, according to Matthew, director Steven Soderbergh “said in the beginning that if it felt right, I could strip at the end of the movie. I said, ‘I gotta dance, man.’ I would regret it for the rest of my life if I was in a male stripper movie and didn’t get up there and strip myself.”
Matthew did apparently have rather a lot of fun doing the routine. He told Advocate, “At first it was scary as hell, but then it became like a drug, and I couldn’t wait to do it again.” He remarked that though he’d never been a stripper—unlike costar Channing Tatum—he loves to dance. “Channing’s one of the best hip-hop street dancers I’ve ever seen,” said Matthew, “and I didn’t want to challenge his style, so I worked on my own strengths. I also knew that my dance had to be the dirtiest,” he added. “It had to be wonderfully filthy.” He got to choose his own song to strip to, as well. “It was a ball,” he said.
For more of Matthew’s thoughts on the film, including a delightful description of what he considers a thong to be for, head on over to Advocate. Magic Mike is due in cinemas on June 29. Check out the trailer here!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.