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From the PAPER Archives: Magic Mike Edition, With Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello

We saw Magic Mike at midnight last night and all we can say is that Matthew McConaughey needs to play fatherly male strip club owners who walk around in chaps and silk robes talking about lawwwbreakers in every movie he does from now on. It's the only role he was ever meant to play. Besides that, MM is super entertaining and beefcakey and, spoiler alert, you see one stunt wiener in it, though we won't tell you who it belongs to. Anyway, in honor of the movie coming out today (besides blasting "Pony" on repeat) we decided to dig up our Beautiful People stories on MM stars Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello, as well as an interview we did with Bomer earlier this year in which he talks about Channing Tatum's super-human stripping abilities.

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From Bomer's Beautiful People feature, April, 2010:

Oh his role on USA's White Collar as a criminal-turned-investigator, Boemer told us: "I watched The Hustler, The Sting, and To Catch a Thief. But I also tried to throw in a little bit of Ferris Bueller and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours. I like characters with flaws, who have shadow."

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From Joe Manganiello's Beautiful People feature, April, 2011:

On identifying with his role as tough good-guy/werewolf Alcide on True Blood: "I was that big kid who wouldn't fight back in school and then my dad would say, 'Tomorrow you knock that kid's teeth out' and I would -- and then feel terrible about it. Alcide's a lot like that."

Bomer, who enjoys posing next to view finders just as much as Manganiello does, on Magic Mike

On preparing for his role by visiting male strip clubs:

I went solo and I think some other guys went to other places. I reached out to this group called The Hollywood Men who were super collaborative and welcoming. They let me come into the club and a lot of my character's scenes are in this Altman-esque world of before and after they go onstage and they let me experience a lot of that. They let me go onstage a little bit. I didn't perform but they let me hang in the wings while people were performing so I could get the relationship to the audience. So that was really fun. Then we did a lot of choreography with an amazing choreographer called Alison Faulk who choreographs for Britney Spears and Madonna and was able to take what we had and accentuate that and hide the things that we were really shitty at.

On who had the best moves:
Channing by far! Channing's dancing in this movie is, I mean, it defies the laws of physics!  It's insane. I can't wait for people to see it. They're just gonna freak out. It was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. [Ed note: This is true. People were screaming and hugging each other in our theater last night during Tatum's scenes. It was like an Oprah's Favorite Things episode, but with dry humping, dollar bills and butts.

On his Magic Mike body hair maintenance routine:
Yeah, I think everybody had to come correct in terms of what those people do. It was a lot of training, waxing, self-tanning, those kinds of things that are a necessity for that job. And while they weren't enjoyable, they definitely helped inform the experience and helped you out when you're out onstage doing your thing.

Magic Mike is out now. You will scream and hug your neighbor.

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