Is gay-baiting a thing? If click-baiting is a thing, then gay-baiting must be a thing.
Anyway, Channing Tatum is excited about how often he got Joe Manganiello naked. Wait, what?
Tatum: I was like, ’If we get to make a second one, that’s what it will be. It will just be a guy’s story, but made for women.’
TIME: And gay men, surely.
Tatum: True. It’s for all! You’ll see — we serviced that as well, in a way. [pauses] I’m choosing my words very stupidly. [laughs] One of our first stops is at a drag club on our odyssey. We call it a stripper odyssey because it’s a traveling band of strippers. This movie is a lot more fun. In the first movie, we were obligated to show the underbelly — the pitfalls and dangers of being in that world. In this one, we kicked off a lot of the darkness. We’re going to have a lot of fun on the road together. Hopefully you’re going to care about these guys, and then get to see a lot of ridiculous nakedness and stupidity.
TIME: That’s what America wants.
Tatum: We got Joe Manganiello naked as much as possible. Everyone in the world: you’re welcome.
Look, as much as I am skeptical of what is quite obviously lowest-common-denominator pandering, a “stripper odyssey” that starts out in a drag club frankly sounds pretty damn good. No amount of cynicism or snark can really overshadow that premise. It’s just good.
The full interview will be available in Time magazine this week. Magic Mike XXL will debut on July 1, 2015.