The film, which focuses on male strippers and the psyche of men, was inspired by Mr Tatum's previous job as a stripper in Tampa, FL.
Recently talking about his sultry past, the 32-year-old said, “It was a crazy one. I really enjoyed dancing. That was my favorite part of the job. I didn’t really like taking my clothes off. But I made good money and it kept the party going. It was great — for a while.”
Although it wasn’t exactly the job the then 18-year-old dreamed of, he has no problem owning up to his seedy past, saying, “I’m not ashamed of this period in my life,” adding, “I’m not proud of it. I would never tell anyone ‘Hey, man, you should go try this!’ Because this kind of work is a slippery slope. It’s a very intoxicating world, on a lot of different levels. And it can be a bit of a rabbit hole, and you can get mired in it. I think I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy what it gave me — it was my first performing job ever — and then able to get out.”
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, “Magic Mike” is set to open in theaters everywhere this Friday, June 29th