"Magic Mike" star Matthew McConaughey is quite honest in a new interview in The Advocate. He opens up about stripping in his new film as well as his support for gays and people regardless of their sexual orientation.
"Magic Mike" doesn't hit theaters until June 29, but it's been making waves for obvious reasons - hot men will be taking it all off on the big screen. In the film, an upstart male stripper (Alex Pettyfer) is mentored by a veteran dancer (Channing Tatum). The screenplay was inspired by Tatum's actual work as a stripper before he made it in Hollywood.
McConaughey plays a strip club owner named Dallas, and he confesses it wasn't part of the script for him to take off his clothes, but he decided to do it anyway.
He explained, "I would regret it for the rest of my life if I was in a male stripper movie and didn’t get up there and strip myself. ...At first it was scary as hell, but then it became like a drug, and I couldn’t wait to do it again. Look, I love to dance, but I’ve never been a stripper. Channing’s one of the best hip-hop street dancers I’ve ever seen, and I didn’t want to challenge his style, so I worked on my own strengths. I also knew that my dance had to be the dirtiest. It had to be wonderfully filthy."
And McConaughey never would have allowed a stunt double do the filthy stripping duty for him, either. "No way. That’s all me up there. I don’t need a stunt ass," he insisted.
There's a lot of early enthusiasm from the gay community about the film, and McConaughey knows they won't be disappointed. "They should be pumped, and they should come out in droves, because they won’t be let down. I think they’ll come out more excited then they came in. I look forward to hearing the chatter of the gay community after they see it, including their answer to your question of who’s the hottest," he said.
The actor loves his fans - regardless of their sexual orientation. "I have some good friends of my own who happen to be gay, and when it comes to gay, straight, or whatever, I’m for anything life-affirmative," he said. "I’m for gay power, straight power, male power, female power; everybody should feel empowered without oppressing anyone who’s different. You know those World Cup banners about tolerance? I always thought that was one short. No, don’t just tolerate me. Understand and accept me."
Will we ever see McConaughey play a gay man? "It’s not on the 'no way' list, but it’s not on the bucket list either," he explained. But he also teased, "Just tune in to all my films that are coming out in the next year or so, and you might get a little surprise. That’s all I’ll say."
Read the full interview HERE!