‘Magic Mike’ Trailer: Channing Tatum Back to Stripper’s Past [Video]

The “Magic Mike” trailer has finally arrived online showing Channing Tatum in a movie about male stripping.

Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer starred in the first official trailer for “Magic Mike,” inspired by Tatum’s pre-acting days as a stripper.

The trailer also features beauties Olivia Munn and Cody Horn, and it’s really a two-minute 30-second buffet of beefcake.

The trailer starts showing a hen party interrupted by the sudden appearance of two men in police uniforms at their door. Well, it doesn’t take long for the “valued customers” to get that Tatum’s Mike and Pettyfer’s The Kid are not the cops at all and that they’re not the ones who are going to get frisked.

“You are the husband they never had, you are that dreamboat guy that never came along,” says McConaughey’s Dallas in a voice over.

A few seconds left and we see Tatum grinding, break-dancing, flipping and spinning on stage at a strip club, putting on a bravura performance for an adoring crowd. (Only later does it become clear that he’s conflicted about his career.)

As People writes, Matthew McConaughey, who is playing the strip club’s owner, delivers the signature line in the trailer: “The law says you cannot touch, but I see a lot of lawbreakers out there,” he says to a frenzied female audience.

Magic Mike is based on Tatum’s past time as a dancer and follows a male stripper through life. As a professional stripper, he takes a newbie, Alex Pettyfer, in order to teach him and falls in love with his sister, Cody Horn.

The Huffington Post said of Magic Mike, “Tatum and Soderbergh (the director) have compared “Magic Mike” to “Saturday Night Fever,” but the trailer ignores any of the film’s darker moments in favor of good-time partying [and] walks on the beach.”

MTV asked a real-life male stripper whether the trailer was authentic to his lifestyle. The professional commented, “The bachelorette party, the whole thing is totally legit.”

He added: “I mean, with the guys coming in as cops and the girls, like, getting all nervous. So, that’s pretty authentic. It looks pretty good.”

The stripper also commented on the authenticity of the relationship between Tatum and Horn, “The whole rigamarole, as far as being in a relationship and being a stripper, 95 percent of the comments of the girlfriends or the significant others give are like, ‘When are you gonna give this up? When are you gonna get a real job?’ or what have you. So, they really captured that as well, which is really funny.”

When asked about the dancing in Magic Mike the stripper responded: “They did a great job. All the guys look great as well. They’re totally believable as dancers.”

Tatum gets to relive his days as a male stripper. He said of his past career, “Look, I’m not proud of it, but I’m not ashamed of it.”

“This was a wild and pivotal time in my life and I couldn’t be more thrilled to go down the rabbit hole with Steven,” Tatum continued.

“When Channing talked to me about this, I thought it was one of the best ideas I’d ever heard for a movie,” the Magic Mike director, Steven Soderbergh, said of Tatum.

“I said I wanted in immediately. It’s sexy, funny and shocking. We’re using Saturday Night Fever as our model, so hopefully we’re on the right track.”

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