Now playing in theaters is Magic Mike XXL. Gregory Jacobs takes over as director this time around, though Steven Soderbergh is still onboard as cinematographer, camera operator, and editor. Written by Reid Carolin, the story takes place three years after the events of Magic Mike, as Channing Tatum’s character has bowed out of the stripper game for good…or so he thinks. The rest of the Kings of Tampa decide to throw in the towel as well, but not before one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach with Mike sharing the spotlight. As the boys embark on a rowdy road trip, they renew old acquaintances and make new friends.
As you can see in these fifty images, Jada Pinkett Smith plays a club owner, while Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Elizabeth Banks, and Andie MacDowell fill other supporting roles. The film also stars Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, Michael Strahan, and Gabriel Iglesias.
At the Los Angeles press day I landed an extended video interview with Matt Bomer. He talked about his trepidation over the “male stripper” subject matter, how the sequel differs from the first film, his thoughts on the ending of White Collar, what it was like to work with Shane Black on The Nice Guys, his love for Val Kilmer’s character from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, upcoming projects like The Magnificent Seven, American Horror Story, his Montgomery Clift movie, and a lot more.
Finally, if you missed Bomer playing “Save or Kill”, you can watch that here.
- :20 – Talks about how Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL are genuinely good movies despite trepidation over the “male stripper” subject matter, and how the sequel differs from the first movie.
- 1:50 – Says the first movie felt like a cheap, gritty, independent film when they were making it. Reveals whose dance made him realize they had something special.
- 3:20 – How much improv was there in the sequel?
- 4:25 – His thoughts on the ending of White Collar.
- 5:30 – Talks about being able to be a part of so many big and different projects.
- 6:13 – Did he take anything home from the White Collar set?
- 7:20 – What movie made the biggest impression on him as a kid?
- 8:14 – Talks about his love for Shane Black and Val Kilmer’s character from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
- 8:51 – What was it like to work with Black on The Nice Guys?
- 9:44 – His upcoming schedule. Talks about The Magnificent Seven and starting American Horror Story in mid-July. Hopes to start his Montgomery Clift movie next year.