Your friend and Magic Mike co-star Joe Manganiello guest-stars in an upcoming episode of White Collar. He asks you at one point, “Do you like strip clubs?” and then he takes you to one. Had you done Magic Mike already when you shot this?
No, and we didn’t know that we would be. How crazy is that? [Chuckles.] I didn’t know we’d be going down the Dionysian rabbit hole together. We had no idea. It was literally synchronicity. But I’ve known Joe for fifteen years. Having him in Magic Mike made it a lot easier. He made me feel a lot more comfortable.
You guys went to college together — when you were doing musical theater at Carnegie Mellon. So you already have a dance background …
Yeah, definitely a very different kind of dance! [Someone asks if he means pole dancing.] Not pole dancing. I couldn’t do that! Women do different routines. Male strip clubs are more of a show. The production value was actually surprisingly high. The difference between men at strip clubs and women at strip clubs is that when women go, they want more of an experience. They also go in packs, and they go to laugh. But hey, it’s high time we turn the tables and objectify some men! And we’re all different types. Variety is the spice of life! It’s not just beefcake. We needed a skinny man, too! But I think there will be some surprises in there, and some heart. It’s very Altman-esque, the way the stories come together, and showing that world a lot like Boogie Nights and Saturday Night Fever.
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