“You’re the sixth member of the group, harmonizing.”That telling detail emerges in one of Magic Mike XXL’s best scenes as “Magic” Mike comes out of retirement for one last road trip with his Tampa crew, sans Matthew Mc Conaughey, Alex Pettyfer, and the brooding moodiness peppered throughout the first film.The genre shift to buddy road comedy—with plenty of oiled up abs, pecs, and more meat on display—allows the male entertainers of Magic Mike to explore their inner passions.“My god, the wedding industry is massive and so is the planning that goes into it. The second part is once you get home, you pick her up and carry her over the threshold into your sex dungeon, and now Fifty Shades of Grey starts.” “Words can’t describe being in a scene with Pee-wee Herman,” he said, lighting up. I’m starring in this movie opposite Pee-wee in this big, crazy role. Paul is one of the great comic geniuses of all-time.”Turns out Pee-wee was a big True Blood fan, “but look—he had probably one of the greatest death scenes recorded on film as a vampire in Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” said Manganiello, who then promptly re-created Paul Reubens’s death scene in the 1992 cult classic. To me that’s a metaphor for Backstreet Boys love,” he said of his bravest Magic Mike XXL moment, in which he dances to the beat of his boy band-loving heart for a lonely cashier woman.My dad took me to see Big Adventure, which was Tim Burton’s feature film debut. “I think there are a lot of guys out there who identify with that.“I think that I speak for them when I say they would be offended by being called a boy band,” the Magic Mike XXL star declared with a smile as we sat for a chat in Los Angeles.“They’re a five-part harmony group.”Mangianello should know. green-lit a sequel to 2012’s hit stripper pic Magic Mike, producers opened the floor to ideas on how to expand the world around star Channing Tatum and give his fellow hunks more to do beyond stripteases and backstage one-liners.“We actually got to get into the characters,” said Manganiello, who had a very specific suggestion in mind. Big Dick Richie—an Adonis literally named for his extra-sized endowment—is a closet Backstreet fan.“I’m kind of obsessed with the idea that no matter how tough you think you are as a man, ‘I Want It That Way’ comes on the radio and you roll that window up and sing at the top of your lungs,” Manganiello laughed.Playing the ensemble for seriocomic laughs, director Gregory Jacobs and producer-writer Reid Carolin tap into the paradoxical duality of their male strippers—professional fantasy-makers who embody erotic masculine perfection by night but want to be taken for more than mere man candy. Tatum produced the first film loosely based on his own pre-fame stint as an exotic dancer and leveled up in Hollywood when Magic Mike became a critical and commercial hit.
“In Latin America, I think there’s a different culture. I feel bad that these poor guys have to work this job!Richie has Backstreet; Tito (Adam Rodriguez) is into probiotic fro-yo.Ken (Matt Bomer) unleashes his inner pop singer, and Tarzan (Kevin Nash) reveals the sensitive soul of a painter.’ She felt pity for the idea of male stripping.”Coincidentally, it’s Big Dick Richie who gets matrimonial in his other big dance number in Magic Mike XXL as the gang hits an annual stripper convention in the Southern party mecca of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
It’s no hunky fireman act, but in a film that boasts a little something for almost anyone—the Kings of Tampa even hit the floor in a drag club—Manganiello is now destined to become the subject of many a bridal fantasy.“I think women dream about who they’re going to marry when they grow up,” he argued.My brother is a 6-foot-7 college D1 athlete who had a Backstreet Boys poster on his wall!