Ten years ago, Matthew McConaughey would be in the lead role of the Channing Tatum indie Magic Mike, an autobiographical look at Tatum’s past as a male stripper. Variety is reporting that the erstwhile star of The Lincoln Lawyerwill join Tatum’s film. But he’ll be keeping his clothes on, apparently.
He will play the boss of Tatum’s character, who mentors Alex Pettyfer in the ways of the exotic dance and in the ways of the hustle. Kind of like how Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel-San the ways of Karate and self-confidence in The Karate Kid or how Walt taught Tao the ways of manliness and construction in Gran Torino. McConaughey will play the owner of the strip club Tatum and Pettyfer work at, a retired male dancer himself who decided to get into the managerial aspect of the stripping game.
As a bonus for the ladies, US Weekly discovered some footage of Tatum back in the day. So enjoy!
What does this mean? It’s actually a really clever casting decision to bring in McConaughey but leave him in the role of the retired stripper. He’s old enough to look the part and is a good enough actor to make it an interesting character.