Too close for comfort? The men of Magic Mike XXL stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Sunday, June 14, and spilled on just how well they know one another now after spending months filming the steamy sequel in various states of undress.
Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Matt Bomer, and Adam Rodriguez caught up with host Jimmy Kimmel ahead of Magic Mike XXL's July 1 release date. The five hunky actors star in the upcoming flick as male strippers who take a road trip to a stripping convention.
Tatum, 35, who stars as Magic Mike, told Kimmel that he thought the collective Internet came up with the title of Magic Mike XXL, but, "I was wrong about that."
"It actually was Soderbergh," he continued of the first film's director, Steven Soderbergh. "Apparently he's been thinking about the title a lot… There was one [alternate title], and it was, Magic Mike: The Road to Myrtle Beach."
Tatum and his fellow beefcakes costars got their bodies ready for Myrtle Beach and the strip club after the huge success of 2012's Magic Mike. The men kept up a rigorous schedule of dieting, waxing, and working out, and while they were thrilled with the results, they were less than pleased with the process.
"I actually went to the wax procedure," WWE star Nash, 55, spilled. "I got to my first buttock, they started to go toward the cavern, and I said, 'Yeah, I'll pretty much take this at home.'"
Nash went on to add that the waxing wasn't even the worst part of filming, saying, "the lack of wine" and "no-drinking" rule was the hardest aspect for him. The actors' slimmed-down, buffed and waxed figures are famously on full display in the stripper movie for a second time.
"[It was] definitely, definitely easier [the second time]," Rodriguez told Kimmel of his comfort level with his costars' nudity. "I think we got that out of the way early on in the first one. I think this time we're actually looking forward to seeing each other naked."
"We pretty much, between us, have no boundaries left," Bomer, 37, chimed in. "I can't even smell the smell of self-tanner anymore. My olfactories are just gone."
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