Tuesday 20 March 2018

Tatum at premiere of Magic Mike XXL

Amber Heard and Channing Tatum arriving at the Magic Mike XXL European premiere at Vue West End, Leicester Square, London
Amber Heard and Channing Tatum arriving at the Magic Mike XXL European premiere at Vue West End, Leicester Square, London
Channing Tatum will be on the red carpet at the Vue West End cinema

Temperatures soared but it was not just the weather that got fans hot and bothered as Channing Tatum and his Magic Mike co-stars attended the premiere of their latest film.

Tatum , Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez, who reprise their roles as strippers Magic Mike, Big Dick Richie, Ken and Tito in Magic Mike XXL, were joined in London's Leicester Square by their female co-stars Jada Pinkett Smith and Amber Heard.

Tatum, who was accompanied by wife Jenna Dewan Tatum, spent time signing autographs and taking photos with fans on the gold and white carpet outside Vue West End cinema.

The sequel to the 2012 racy comedy-drama about a group of male entertainers known as the Kings of Tampa sees the friends reunited for a road trip through Florida to a strippers convention.

True Blood hunk Manganiello complained that his costumes had not been very comfortable: "Thongs are terrible, like very uncomfortable. I don't know how you girls do it but I have respect for you."

Rodriguez, best recognised for playing Eric Delko in crime drama CSI: Miami, added: "Wearing a thong was the most uncomfortable thing for sure, especially when you're in a thong with nothing else on but shoes and socks. It just seems so awkward and very unnatural."

As for getting fit for the part, the 40-year-old said: "Everybody knows they gotta look their best. They don't want to let the team down. Ten or 12 weeks before filming starts, you have to start working out and dieting."

Bomer, 37, admitted making his singing debut on screen was "terrifying".

"It was completely terrifying because I was doing it live. I was singing at the same time as I was stripping in front of hundreds of people - the combo platter is pretty scary," he said.

"But Channing and this band of brothers got behind me and supported me and made me believe."

Pinkett Smith, who is married to Will Smith, wore a black corset dress by Balmain and Giuseppe Zanotti heels for the premiere which marks her big-screen comeback.

She portrays the troupe's MC, Rome - a role originally written for Jamie Foxx - in her first film role in seven years, following The Human Contract, which she wrote and directed herself, in 2008.

Pinkett Smith said: "It was fantastic. I had a great time. I got a lap dance from Matt."

Magic Mike XXL, co-written and co-produced by Tatum and directed by Gregory Jacobs, opens in cinemas on Friday.

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