Forget every “good” movie you’ve rushed to the theaters to see this year because we’re positive that the epic stripper drama Magic Mike will blow them all away. The movie stars genuine Hollywood hunks like Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey. Men so wonderfully beautiful and well-sculpted that you can’t help but use the incredibly outdated Teen Witch era term “hunk.”
This month the free-spirited actor/drummer Matthew McConaughey spoke with The Advocate about his gay fanbase, his filthy movie dancing and how he would respond to his kids if they came out. His answers simultaneously made me want to smile and check TBS to see if How To Lose a Guy in 10 Day was on. While I did smile, I’m sorry to say H.T.L.A.G.I.T.D was not playing.
When asked if he enjoyed stripping for the movie (as much as future movie viewers will enjoy watching), he responds:
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.
A compliment for his male co-star and a nod to his wonderfully filthy dancing. What a gentleman! A knight in shining armor. Thong armor of course. He is a stripper.
He goes on to say that the support of the gay community means the world to him. And then makes my heart grow 3 sizes by continuing on to say that we need to do more than just “tolerate” people who identify as LGBT. It’s about empowering, not oppressing.
It’s much appreciated. You know, I have some good friends of my own who happen to be gay, and when it comes to gay, straight, or whatever, I’m for anything life-affirmative. I’m for gay power, straight power, male power, female power; everybody should feel empowered without oppressing anyone who’s different. You know those World Cup banners about tolerance? I always thought that was one short. No, don’t just tolerate me. Understand and accept me.
And now, just in case you’re not convinced that Matt (yes, we’re on first name basis now) is all kinds of awesome, this is how he responds to a question about his own children potentially coming 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.
Honesty and realism and acceptance all wrapped up into a nice quote. His children are not only lucky to come from physically beautiful parents, but also from wonderfully open parents.
This interview definitely made me respect the Rom-Com actor a lot more and slightly made up for his horrible choice to be in the Kathy Bates thriller Failure to Launch. I could wax poetic all day about this interview, which you should read in full, but I’d prefer to spend my time figuring out when the first Magic Mike tickets go on sale.