Channing Tatum Dances Again as Mike in Magic Mike XXL
The 2012 film Magic Mike turned out to be the surprise hit of the summer grossing over $167 million worldwide on a modest budget of only $7 million. That box-office figure made Magic Mike the highest top-grossing Dance movie ever, surpassing such favorites as Saturday Night Fever and Flash Dance.
This summer, hoping for lightning to strike twice, Magic Mike XXL hit the silver screen with Tatum Channing as male stripper Magic Mike once again in the lead role. Initial box-office sales have been favorable.
In the comedy-drama sequel, Magic Mike leaves his furniture business behind and visits his former stripper-dance troupe, The Kings of Tampa. They tell him his old nemesis Dallas (Mathew McConaughey) is no longer around and that they are planning to travel to Myrtle Beach, Florida for one last performance at a stripping convention. Unable to resist the glamour and music and the temptation to dance again, Mike rejoins the group and they head south to the Sunshine State. The plot revolves around Magic Mike taking a young 19-year old stripper under his wing and teaching him the ropes of the profession.
A huge and talented cast joins Tatum Channing for Magic Mike XXL. Kevin Nash (Tarzan) and Matt Bomer (Ken) return as dancers in the Kings of Tampa stripper team. Actors Joe Manganiello, Juan Piedrahita, Jada Pinkett Smith, Andie MacDowell, Rhoda Griffis, Raeden Greer, and Elizabeth Banks all contribute to make this one of the favorite ‘girls-night-out’ films of the year.
Gregory Jacobs, who was an assistant under Steven Soderberg, the director of Magic Mike, took over the directing reigns for the sequel.
Veteran daytime television actress Crystal Hunt also joined the cast as Lauren, one of the many eccentric characters that make the film so entertaining. Hunt is best known for her role in the CBS soap opera Guiding Light as Lizzie Spaulding, the troubled daughter of a long-suffering couple. She played that part from 2003 to 2006 and received a Daytime Emmy nomination in 2005 for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for the role.
Crystal was born in Clearwater, Florida and professed a desire to act from the early age of two by taking parts in local pageants. Hunt then stared in a number of television commercials including The Walt Disney Company’s 25th anniversary party before moving on to New York City and various roles in soap operas.