Channing Tatum has opened up about the reality of his iconic Magic Mike physique.
In a new interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the actor revealed that he almost passed on coming back for Magic Mike 3 because of the physical demands that come with playing the world’s most well-known fictional male stripper. While he and Kelly Clarkson were talking about the upcoming movie, a picture of Channing shirtless and in-character in Magic Mike XXL was projected on a giant screen behind them.
‘That might be the reason why I didn’t want to do a third one, because I have to look like that,’ he said of the picture.
Channing then proceeded to speak some very important truths about male body image and what goes into creating the very (very) unrealistic depictions of the male form we see in movies like the Magic Mike franchise.
“It’s hard to look like that. Even if you do work out, to be that kind of in shape is not natural,” he explained. “That’s not even healthy. You have to starve yourself. I don’t think when you’re that lean, it’s actually healthy.”
Is this a positive message for young actors and performers to really take a look at mental and physical health as opposed to society’s standard? We will see in the years to come. Thank you Channing for opening up about this sensitive topic that surrounds both males an females.