13 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Magic Mike XXL’

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Magic Mike, a movie about male strippers, created the intrigue of having eye candy for female moviegoers. It paid off as a box office smash reeling in over $113 million in the US and over $167 million worldwide on just a $7 million budget. The success spawned a sequel, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Find out some interesting tidbits about Magic Mike XXL, such as why some characters didn’t make the cut and hilarious coincidences.

Soderbergh Not Always Multi-Tasking

Steven Soderbergh is usually the cinematographer in a movie that he directs, but this was the first movie that he’s not taking both duties at the same time. While he directed the first one, Gregory Jacobs directed the sequel.

This Looks Shopped

Joe Manganiello had his body photoshopped on the poster, but not in the way you think. It was actually downgraded because he had too many muscles compared to the other actors.

Smooth Opening

Stephen Boss, who plays the character, Malik, had his body waxed on The Ellen Degeneres Show before filming began on Magic Mike XXL.

Scheduling Conflicts

Margot Robbie was originally going to play the role of Zoe, but could not because of a scheduling conflict. She played a lead character with Will Smith in the 2015 film Focus. Amber Heard instead played the character.

Familiarity with The Matrix

Jada Pinkett Smith, who plays Rome in Magic Mike XXL, also starred in the two sequels to The Matrix. In this movie, there is a dancer that looks like Neo, the main character from The Matrix.


Joe Manganiello, who played Richie, made fun of the Twilight dance scene in the movie. Interestingly enough, Manganiello was a werewolf in the HBO original series, True Blood.

Real Experience

Channing Tatum revealed in an interview that he learned his moves from real strippers, and they sometimes performed moves on him.

Holywood is Tough for Tall People

Kevin Nash, a former WWE wrestler who plays Tarzan, revealed in an interview that it’s hard to be a tall guy and make it in Hollywood. He explained filmmakers had to work around them and gave an example on how Brad Garrett had to lean or sit in many scenes during Everybody Loves Raymond.

Football Player Makes Cut

While some saw it as a surprise to see Michael Strahan make a cameo appearance in the movie, the former football player announced that he was going to be in the movie on his show, Live with Kelly and Michael.

Feud Between Mike and Adam

Alex Pettyfer did not return in the Magic Mike sequel because he did not get along with Channing Tatum during filming.

No Room for a Girlfriend

Adam’s sister and Mike’s love interest, Brooke, who is played by Cody Horn, did not return in Magic Mike XXL. The reason is because she didn’t fit well in the script.

Dallas Was Too Expensive

Because Matthew McConaughey was an awarding-winning actor in Dallas Buyers’ Club, Warner Bros. said that it was too expensive to bring him back to play the role of Dallas.

Male Stripping Makes Money

The original Magic Mike had over a $160 million profit when comparing its estimated budget to worldwide gross. The budget was doubled in the sequel, and it’s already made over $30 million after the opening weekend.