Matthew McConaughey on his ‘Magic Mike’ striptease: “I don’t need a stunt ass”

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey and his exaggerated Southern drawl have sat down for an interview with the June issue of The Advocate to promote — what else? — Magic Mike, which has already been credited with reinvigorating some measure of McConaughey lust for both Kaiser and myself. Apparently, there’s also been a huge enthusiastic reception from the gay community towards the impending arrival of Steven Soderbergh’s male-stripper, rom-com movie starring Channing Tatum, McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer (meh), and Joe Manganiello. Is this response entirely unanticpated? Well no, but I guess my assumption was that it would appeal mostly towards women who’ve had a bad experience with male strippers and are seeking to remedy said experience. Whatever the case, Matthew is talking up the film all over the place and wants the world to know about his own striptease. Here are some excerpts from the interview:

Matthew McConaughey

On his inspiration for Dallas in Magic Mike: “When Soderbergh first called and pitched me the part, I just laughed and said yes. On the phone, I asked, ‘Do you have any initial direction for me to go on?’ He took a deep breath and said, ‘Well, you really can’t go wrong.’ So I just took off and flew with this guy. I was going for Jim Morrison meets A Clockwork Orange, because he’s like a deity in his own mind.”

On his character’s striptease: “It wasn’t in the script, but Soderbergh said in the beginning that if it felt right, I could strip at the end of the movie. I said, ‘I gotta dance, man.’ I would regret it for the rest of my life if I was in a male stripper movie and didn’t get up there and strip myself. …At first it was scary as hell, but then it became like a drug, and I couldn’t wait to do it again. Look, I love to dance, but I’ve never been a stripper. Channing’s one of the best hip-hop street dancers I’ve ever seen, and I didn’t want to challenge his style, so I worked on my own strengths. I also knew that my dance had to be the dirtiest. It had to be wonderfully filthy.”

Did he use a stand-in for his striptease? “No way. That’s all me up there. I don’t need a stunt ass.”

On who’s the hottest stripper in Magic Mike: “Dallas, of course. Everybody was pretty damn ripped already, but boy, if you really want to get men in great shape, just tell them they’re going to play male strippers in a movie and have their sh-t onscreen for the rest of time. Vanity, baby.”

On the gay community’s early enthusiasm for Magic Mike: “Well, I would hope and reckon so. They should be pumped, and they should come out in droves, because they won’t be let down. I think they’ll come out more excited then they came in. I look forward to hearing the chatter of the gay community after they see it, including their answer to your question of who’s the hottest.”

On the first time he became aware of the gay audience: “I know exactly when. It was about 1995, I go into a coffee shop on Santa Monica Boulevard, and the guy behind the counter has a picture of me from Boys on the Side taped to the tip jar. Is that not classic? I gave that guy a big tip.”

On laughing off gay rumors about he & Lance Armstrong: “Well, I’m really secure in my skin. I’m heterosexual, and I’m just fine with that. Those rumors have to make the rounds, and I know that I was fun target for them.”

Will he ever play a gay role? “It’s not on the ‘no way’ list, but it’s not on the bucket list either. Just tune in to all my films that are coming out in the next year or so, and you might get a little surprise. That’s all I’ll say.”

What would he do if one of his children came out? “That’s got to be really hard for a child, even if they think the parents’ reaction is going to be great. I’d sit down, talk to them, and ask them to walk me through how they knew, because I’d want to be open about it. There’s nothing in me that can understand disowning your child because they’re gay. You deal with it, you support them, and you also help prepare them for how some people in the world will treat and think of them. I don’t think you can sugarcoat it, because they will run into some adversity and roadblocks.”

[From The Advocate]

Matthew is such a gentleman in every sense of the word. He’s also not faking it at all in regard to his respect for the gay community. I mean, can you imagine how douchebag John Mayer would have answered such difficult questions if he were an actor? “Would I ever play a gay role? That depends on if I was rocking out with my David Duke c-ck out or not.” Perish the thought. In sharp contrast, Matthew is pure class. He might not be the best smelling dude around, but he’ll treat everyone equally right.

Here’s Matthew presenting at the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards on 3/8. He’s such a Texas boy, and speaking as an Oklahoman girl, I will say that is very appealing.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

Photos courtesy of The Advocate and WENN

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  1. marie says:

    thanks for this first thing in the morning, it’s going to be a good day. my friends and I are meeting to see this movie together. One of my friends told me that this is as close as she’ll be able to get to a striptease and I told her the male strippers I’ve seen, didn’t look anything like these guys. I may be in the minority but I love me some McConaughey

  2. Snowflake says:

    yum, yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. sarah says:

    LOVE Matthew McConaughey. Man, he is so freaking sexy. Everything about him makes me swoon. I will watch this movie if ONLY for his tushie dancing in the end!! YUM

  4. MommaK18 says:

    Being from Austin, Texas….Matthew McConaughey is a class act. And of course being a UT Alumni…I’ve been priveleged to run into him many times at Longhorn football games and running our trails. He’s as real as they come.
    He’s always good to his fans and always has a smile and a wave to offer.

    Personal opinion….Texas boys are the best….but I may be a pit partial :)
    (However I did manage to marry a Californian…I must be a glutton for the West coast weird!)

  5. Sabrine says:

    It’s sad to think there are gay children out there who are thrown out of their homes because they opened their hearts to their family. Wow, what kind of parents would do that to their own child? Kind of hard to wrap my brain around that one.

  6. bea says:

    great interview! it’s cute that he really, really wanted to strip in the movie. can’t wait to see how *dirty* he gets!

  7. NerdMomma says:

    That’s the first time I’ve ever heard someone phrase it as, “I’m heterosexual” rather than “I’m not gay.” Isn’t it strange that most people say it the second way? I think he comes off as an absolute gentleman and very classy. He does nothing for me appearance-wise, but he does have a great personality!

  8. Michele says:

    Love him and Channing Tatum. This movie looks like a fun time! I’ve been a huge Matthew McConaughey fan since Dazed and Confused. Love his sexy southern drawl.

  9. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    Matthew “T-Rex Arms” McConaughey thinks he’s sexier than Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello? He sounds like a gentleman, but he is totally deluded when it comes to his looks.

  10. Peanut says:

    Maybe I live under a rock but I just saw a preview for this movie last night and it was the first I’d heard of it!! That being said, it looks delicious and I’m definitely going to see it. Yum.

  11. ZZZ says:

    I think he looks like HELL, as has for at least a year now. Sorry!

  12. Cathy says:

    I don’t like his hair. He looks like crap with short hair. Grow it back out a bit Matt.

  13. Jen34 says:

    He is sweet. I always thought he and Sandra Bullock should have stayed together. Maybe he isn’t rough enough for her.

  14. Nanz says:

    This has reinvigorated my life long crush on MM. Thank you!!

  15. phlyfiremama says:

    Am I the only one who thinks he looks somewhat like Woody Harrelson??!! I used to big time crush on MM but since his forehaed hasn’t moved in at least a decade the excessive botox kinda killed it for me…:( I would love to see this movie though, it looks like good dirty fun!! I’m willing to be drawn back into the MM fold.

  16. DreamyK says:

    The fact that something like a stunt a** actually exists is amusing. I can just see their resume..”and was recently in the role of stunt a** for Matthew McConaughey”.

    Magic Mike, June 29th!

  17. Violet says:

    His face isn’t aging well, but he’s still a very sexy, sexy man. And, unlike a lot of celebs, he becomes even more appealing when he opens his mouth.

  18. original kate says:

    “I don’t need a stunt ass.”

    i’ll bet you don’t, matthew…i’ll bet you don’t.