Channing Tatum Teases Matthew McConaughey’s Possible ‘Magic Mike 3’ Appearance


  • Channing Tatum Says He’s Not Sure Matthew McConaughey Wants To Return For ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’
  • McConaughey ‘loves’ his performance as Dallas in the first movie and doesn’t want to touch it, says Tatum
  • McConaughey did not reprise his role in the 2015 sequel “Magic Mike XXL”

Channing Tatum would be more than happy to see Matthew McConaughey return for the third installment in the “Magic Mike” franchise.

During a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Tatum, 41, discussed “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” the latest film in the franchise that was inspired by the actor’s days as an exotic dancer, and said teased that there was still time for McConaughey to join the cast and reprise his Dallas role if he’s open to it.

“I didn’t know if Matthew would want to do it, he loves what he did in the first movie so much. He was like, ‘I don’t want to touch it,'” Tatum told ET.

He continued: “I mean, I’m not saying anything about the performances of me or anyone else. He was the star, he was the movie, it was special. I can’t tell you how many times I had to watch the movie because of different editions Steven [Soderbergh] would do, and I would fast forward until the moment it blew out the fire, and I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s a swan song.’ “

In the first “Magic Mike” movie released in 2012, McConaughey played Dallas, who was a stripper himself but now owns the Xquisite club where Tatum’s character Magic Mike shows off his dancing skills. Tatum reprized his role in the 2015 sequel “Magic Mike XXL,” but McConaughey didn’t.

In an interview for “In Depth with Graham Bensinger” in January 2021, McConaughey opened up about how he prepared for his Dallas role. According to him, he looked for “lightbulb moments” and he and Tatum visited men’s strip clubs, where they were surprised by some of the performers.

“Channing and I noticed that these men who came to talk to us were like lawyers and bankers and accountants. And they’re very formal,” McConaughey told Bensinger. “And you kind of watch them go, some of them are even a little nerdy! And 30 minutes later, they’re on stage and they’re the dancers! You’re like saying, ‘Wait, the nerdy guy who was ‘ Isn’t that guy up there even working cool or nothing now?’ That kind of corny world that there was so little value about it.”

He also shared what he would have done if he had been in Dallas’ shoes as a strip club owner. “I was like, ‘You know, if I was running this joint, I would have someone at the door to mark what kind of car each woman pulls up in. I would like to know if they pull up in a Mercedes or a Subaru ‘…because where we make a lot of money is the solo dances later,” the actor explained.

Tatum announced the franchise’s third and final installment in November 2021 by sharing a snapshot of the script on Instagram. “Well, looks like Mike Lane is coming back,” he wrote in the caption.

“Magic Mike’s Last Dance” is written by Reid Carolin and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Carolin and Soderbergh filled the roles for the franchise’s first film.

No release date has yet been announced for “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” but the film will premiere exclusively on HBO Max, according to Deadline.

Channing Tatum arrives at the ‘Logan Lucky’ premiere held at Vue West End on August 21, 2017 in London, England. Photo: Getty Images/Stuart C. Wilson

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