It's not often that I can find an excuse to throw up a little beefcake here on Apartment Therapy. After all, this is an interior design site. But "Magic Mike," the summer movie that opens in a month, is not just a movie about male strippers. It's also a movie about a man reaching for his dreams, one of which includes designing custom furniture.Yup, Channing Tatum strips by night and builds furniture by day. (Apparently furniture designer, like architect, is film and tv code for sensitive guy; remember Aidan from Sex & The City?) The movie, which also stars Matthew McConnaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Olivia Munn, is based on Tatum's pre-Hollywood life.
Tatum plays Magic Mike, a stripper, works at Xquisite, a club owned by a former exotic dancer (Matthew McConnaughey), in order to make ends meet while waiting for his custom furniture business to take off. Mike takes newbie recruit The Kid (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing, teaching him all he knows about partying, picking up women, and stripping. Not surprisingly, his life choices come into question when he falls for The Kid's sister. The film, which is directed by Steven Soderbergh, opens June 29th.