Channing Tatum: I Don’t Think Straight Guys “Have The Balls” To See Magic Mike

People say that women and the gay community will go see it—knock on wood—but I know straight guys won’t be like, ‘Yo, what’s up man—you wanna go see the stripping movie after the game tonight?’ I doubt they’ll have the balls to see it. What’s funny is that the girls don’t ask me questions about my stripping days, but straight guys want to know everything. It’s that fantasy element. It’s probably why a lot of females on Halloween are the whorey version of a ketchup bottle, or slutty nurse, which I love and respect. It’s liberating.”

—Magic Mike’s Channing Tatum, contemplating who the movie’s audience is, in the latest issue of Out magazine.

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  • Joseph

    Straight guys simply know they could not compete looks or body wise with what their girl friends will see on the screen

  • Belize

    Except a number of utterly pretentious hipsters who would probably see it with their girlfriends to seem “ironic.” Been there. Seen that. Next.

  • Codswallop

    Whorey ketchup bottles? But what about the CHILDREN?!?!

  • kendoll

    Gay guys will flock to see it? Really Chantum?

  • Spike

    Str8t guys don’t have the balls to go and gay guys aren’t going to waste their time or $$ going to that lame flick.

    Two words . . Show Girls.

  • Chance

    So since when is not being interested in something “not having the balls?” I mean, come on, people! Why would they WANT to? Unless it’s getting dragged by their girlfriend with the promise of sex after. I just don’t see why a straight man would want to.

  • Chris

    There’s a reason why I didn’t see Showgirls. Had nothing to do with me having balls or not, since last I checked I do. As a gay man I simply had no interest in seeing tits and vag. Why should it be any different the other way around?

    Seems nothing more than a vague ploy to increase box office sales for a movie that knew it would have low sales. The stripping industry is not what I consider mentally stimulating and movies about it will make some housewives and old queens very happy I’m sure.

    Channing does nothing for me, so I won’t be seeing Magic Mike either. I’d probably before to see Elizabeth Berkeley’s vagina *shudder*

  • M


    Having seen the film (Soderbergh recently showed a cut in LA), I truly believe straight guys would get a kick out of it…at the least straight guys I saw it with did.

  • Ty



    Most Showgirls fans I know are in fact gay men who love the film for its campiness and poor acting. Do you have any idea how many friends I know who quote that movie all the time? I am willing to bet more gay men own the DVD than straight men.

  • Ty

    Whether Magic Mike looks like a good movie or not, I give Channing credit for not forgetting his roots. He started out modeling for gay magazines and the sort, which is a reason bisexual rumors have followed him for years, yet he still realizes that he has a large following amongst gay men and realizes a fan is a fan.

    Compare it to that piece of shit Mark Wahlberg, who too marketed himself as a sex symbol for gay men in the 90s, but as soon as he realized hetero America liked him too, did a complete 180 and turned into this homophobic piece of shit who badmouthed how he turned Brokeback Mountain down for moral reasons, despite the fact that he does uber-violent action films all the time.

    Channing is from the new school way of thinking, whereas Mark was the last of an old dying breed. Chan doesn’t spit in the face of those who jerked one out to him long before straight women had a clue who he was.

  • JP

    His wife must be the luckiest woman on earth. Having an ex-stripper husband pleasing her in bedroom must be exciting. If there is a possible reason why gay guys would flock into the cinema to see this movie, I think this is likely attributed by Matt Bomer being casted. After all, he’s the only out actor. Although I am not really excited for this movie ans I am gay.

  • JayKay

    Well yeah, women and most gays have awful taste in film.

  • Spike

    @Ty: I’m gettin’ a little too old for that whorey look.

    If you recall, Showgirls only became a camp hit years after it bombed in the theaters and later became a mainstay on cable TV, and only because of the dialogue and extent to which the characters take themselves so seriously.

    Maybe this MM flick will follow the same route. Clearly the only audience for this lame movie are desperate cougars and clueless gays – that haven’t found the internet.

  • Ty

    @Spike: That is true. But still I found it funny that someone said they won’t see the movie because it has naked women. Pretty much everyone I know who loves the movie has no attraction whatsoever to women. But as a ridiculously over the top camp extravaganza, it’s on a level with Mommie Dearest.

    Magic Mike looks like it’s probably going to be too “serious” to be as fun as Showgirls. I doubt it’ll be a midnight movie the way Showgirls has become.

  • M


    Well, the reason for those bisexual “rumors” is because Channing is really bisexual.

  • Ty


    Is it really true or is it wishful thinking? I would love Channing on my team, but I have never actually seen or heard any evidence that he actually likes men besides gay men who lust after him.

  • M


    It’s really true. I would inundate you with “friend told me so stories” but I’m not going to really bother. It isn’t wishful thinking.

    Even folks who ran some of his early fan pages copped to it.

    Before he married Jenna, I would hear stories about him bringing his then boyfriend to movie sets. At the time the crew didn’t care, my friends who worked on the film didn’t care, and I didn’t care, it was just passing information.

    Hell, when we heard he was getting married, a lot of people asked, “to a woman??”

    We really thought he preferred dudes, even in relationship form, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be…at least in public.

  • Ty


    Okay cool. So there was actual reasoning why he posed for all those gay magazines early on. I just figured he was willing to do anything that was offered to him.

    If true, I wouldn’t be too surprised if Jenna is just a beard anyways. They rarely are seen in public together and despite being married several years, she hasn’t gotten pregnant as far as I know.

  • jackpapa

    OMG fellas. Meow.

  • Oh, ok

    @Ty: Yeah I was confused by the Showgirls hate, it’s one of my top favorite movies. Easily one of the best comedies I’ve ever seen, and if you hate Jessie Spano you’re not even human.

    I considered seeing Magic Mike for the nonsensical nature of the plot, but there are so many bad actors in it, and I have no idea what the actual “story” is even supposed to be about.

    Maybe if I had stumbled on it like Showgirls I would be more interested, but all the hype is annoying me. As is the assumption that I’ll see it because I’m gay and only care about nearly nude men. Gimme a break Channing, I like you better when you aren’t talking…or at least being actually funny in a comedy(21 Jump Street).

  • jeff m

    @kendoll: yeah, really!!! in a heartbeat

  • jeff m

    You are all pretentious f*gs if you don’t want to see this movie. Or, really not gay at all.

  • RK

    Why does he assume gay men will flock to see a bunch of straight guys. Again assuming some straigth male superiority. Don’t know why on earth Matt Bomer (one of us) would ever agree to do this.

  • Alan Brickman

    Channing gets the irony…

  • Oh, ok

    @RK: Agreeing to doing the movie, getting a paycheck, and increasing his fame doesn’t mean he agrees with the ideology that gay men drool over straight men.

  • BryanC

    @kendoll: Uh yeah. They will. I know I will!

  • J Stratford

    I’ll watch it because I wan to see if Matt Bomer can steal the show ;-)

    Absolutely love Matt

  • LadyL

    Do we have the data on how many straight guys showed up for “The Full Monty?”

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