UNIVERSAL CITY, California — Moviegoers are seeing a lot of Channing Tatum in 2012, thanks to a trio of starring film roles, but they'll see a whole new side of the actor when his upcoming stripper flick "Magic Mike" debuts June 29. And, yes, we are talking about his backside.
Tatum, along with co-star Matthew McConaughey and producer-screenwriter Reid Carolin, took to the Universal Studios CityWalk stage Thursday night to debut an exclusive clip from the Steven Soderbergh-directed film and talk about taking it all off during our Sneak Peek Week festivities leading up to the MTV Movie Awards this Sunday, June 3.
Both actors are clearly comfortable taking their shirts off. In fact, MTV News' Josh Horowitz administered a shirtless guessing game to the pair — which they both aced, by the way (watch in the embedded video). Therefore, taking the next logical step and shimmying in a thong wasn't too difficult, both agreed, though it did require ample preparation.
"I think pre-movie is pretty intense because to get butt naked, you have to — there's a different regimen for getting butt naked, but thank god, it was a short shoot," Tatum said with a sly grin. "Then we just had fun on the day."
One could hardly blame Tatum or any of his fellow stripping stars for having reservations once the cameras began rolling, but the actor assured us that the entire cast, including Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer, were total pros.
"These guys have never stripped before, and I remember the first day of rehearsals," Tatum recalled, "I looked at all the guys, and we went through our stuff, and I was like, 'All right. It's time to get naked, boys.' And it was hilarious that none of them really balked."