Channing Tatum covers OUT Magazine‘s June/July issue. In his cover story entitled From Stripper to Superstar, the dancer and actor speaks about how his upcoming comedy film, Magic Mike, is loosely based on his own experiences as an exotic dancer, how the movie gave him a chance to do something different, if straight guys will see the movie and much more. The film will hit theaters on June 29th.
Take a look at a few of the excerpts as well as pictures from his photo shoot by Nino Muñoz, and watch a Magic Mike trailer below!
On being asked about his past job as a stripper:
“What’s funny is that the girls don’t ask me questions about my stripping days, but straight guys want to know everything. It’s that fantasy element. It’s probably why a lot of females on Halloween are the whorey version of a ketchup bottle, or slutty nurse, which I love and respect — it’s liberating.”
On why he chose to do Magic Mike:
“I was definitely looking for something to take me into the dark side, You learn something about yourself, you learn about men, women, you see a lot of depressing sh-t, people that are lost. But at the same time, the dark side can be exciting. It can feel like you’re cheating death every night.”
On how he got into stripping:
“I heard an announcement on the radio and thought I might as well add it to my resume of random jobs. I never enjoyed the taking-the-clothes-off part,” he recalls. “You are on a stage with people yelling at you, and you feel you’re a rock star, but you’re nothing — you’re just a guy taking off his clothes, looking like a fool in a stupid outfit.”
Watch Magic Mike [Official Trailer]