Trivia / Magic Mike

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Dallas is seen playing a bongo drum. This is a reference to the urban legend that Matthew McConaughey was once arrested when a policeman saw him naked playing bongo drums while stoned.
    • Cody Horn plays Brooke. She had played a Brooke previously in White Collar, which also starred Matt Bomer.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Matthew McConaughey accepted the role within ten minutes when it was offered to him over the phone.
    "I knew that I was just going to be able to fly."
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Matt Bomer had to put on fifteen pounds of muscle to play Ken.
    • Matthew McConaughey got waxed regularly to prepare.
    • The men had to lift weights between takes in order to maintain their physiques.
  • Fake American: Alex Pettyfer is British, playing an American teenager.
  • No Budget: Made for only $6 million, which was financed by Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh.
  • Sleeper Hit: A low-budget comedy about male stripping ended up grossing $167 million worldwide, assuring everyone that Matthew McConaughey's Career Resurrection was here and giving Chaning Tatum some He Really Can Act reactions.
  • Throw It In:
    • At one point during Dallas's strip routine, he rolls away from the women grabbing at his crotch. This was a result of the female extras getting too excited and accidentally ripping his G-string. Matthew McConaughey just kept on going.
    • Tarzan wears a knee brace when he dances because Kevin Nash has a history of knee problems and wouldn't be able to dance without it. He showed up on set with it and they just added it in.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Nicholas Refn was originally signed on to direct, handpicked by Channing Tatum. But he wasn't able due to scheduling conflicts, and Steven Soderbergh - with whom Tatum was working on Haywire - was chosen as a replacement.
    • Dallas wasn't scripted to have a stripping scene in the original draft of the script. Matthew McConaughey requested to have one, which eventually became the climactic "Ladies of Tampa" sequence.
    • Matthew McConaughey had been in talks to reprise his role in the sequel, but his salary had gone up since his Oscar win for Dallas Buyers Club and they couldn't afford him.
    • Rome was written for Jamie Foxx, but ended up getting a Gender Flip and played by Jada Pinkett Smith.
  • Write What You Know: Sort of. The movie is inspired by Channing Tatum's time as a male stripper when he was eighteen (making Adam something of an Author Avatar). The sequence of Brooke showing up to Adam's first night stripping is based on Channing's own sister showing up on his first night to guilt him out of doing it. However he insists that the story is fictional.
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