EXCLUSIVE: On Set With the Hunks of 'Magic Mike XXL': 'It's the Gift That Keeps On Giving'
The trailer for Magic Mike XXL got you hot and bothered? Wait until you hear what the fellas have planned to make sure you leave the movie theater sat-is-fied. ET's Nischelle Turner visited the set of the highly anticipated summer sequel to find out just how hot it's going to get.
"This [sequel] is going to sneak up on everyone," Joe Manganiello told ET. "We've kind of gone to the next level. When you thought it couldn't go anywhere further, we take it there." He adds, "People are not going to be prepared for this movie."
Manganiello reprises his role as Big Dick Richie in the sequel, out July 1. And while he revealed that he ran some moves by fiancé Sofia Vergara, when asked whether she returned the favor, Manganiello admitted that the sultry Colombian taught him a few moves herself. "The Colombian people love life," he said. "They dance, they live life to the fullest."
The Magic Mike sequel picks up three years after Mike (Channing Tatum) bowed out of the stripper life. The remaining Kings of Tampa (Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodriguez) are ready to follow suit, but not before they hit the road for a handful of blow-out performances. They pick up the legendary Magic Mike as well as some new moves along the way.
"We're all killing ourselves diet wise and that's not to be sexy on stage," Tatum, who also co-wrote and produced the film, explained. "That's to be sure you don't look fat. And it's misery. Misery loves company and we're all sort of looking at each other like, 'One more week, one more week, and then we can have carbs again.'"
Well, from the looks of the trailer and the shots the cast shared from set, the hard work has paid off! Oiled up and ready to go, the guys definitely put in the gym time to transform into grade-A male strippers. "There's no stunt doubles, there's no body doubles," Tatum added. "It's all 100% us."
But when it comes to the choreography, who had the better moves? "Channing is the best dancer I've ever seen," Manganiello gushed. Giving Tatum a run for his money is the new addition to the male stripper revue: Step Up Revolution star Stephen 'tWitch' Boss. "It is terrifyingly shockingly unreal when he dances, my mouth is on the floor the whole time," Tatum said of his new co-star.
tWitch and Tatum are spotted in the trailer high fiving with two women strapped to their bodies, which is just a taste of what the pair have in store in the film. "The two of them together is absolutely insane," Manganiello said. "They have a routine together that is mind-blowing."
Fans have been salivating for a follow-up to the wildly popular film since the 2012 original, a surprise success that cost $7 million to produce and went on to make $167 million at the worldwide box office. It's a sentiment Tatum and the rest of the cast share.
"We don't want this movie to end," Tatum admits. "It's the gift that keeps on giving."
Watch the video for more from the set of Magic Mike XXL, including interviews with Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez.