(This time, they’re on a road trip to a Myrtle Beach stripping convention at which they’ll unleash entirely new routines.) Bomer’s Ken is a vaguely hippie-ish idealist blessed with a strong singing voice.In conversation, the real Bomer doesn’t break into song but seems every bit as enlightened as his character.What was nice about getting to do this film is we got to flesh [out] those characters more and expand what we brought to the table in the first film. It’s actually one of the reasons I wanted to do this film—that we weren’t just rehashing the film we created in the first.The tone, here, is wildly different from the more melancholy 2012 Magic Mike. There’s a complete tonal shift, and it’s this road trip movie, this odyssey.
Matt Bomer: When we were filming the first Magic Mike, we obviously had a limited budget; it was an independent film. Channing would put a microphone in our face and say, “Do something entertaining.” Joe Manganiello, whom I’ve known since I was 18—he basically served as my hype man—said “Sing something.” I did, and Channing remembered that.That’s one of the great things about working with people like Channing who are so generous of spirit.In the new stripper-movie sequel Magic Mike XXL, Matt Bomer’s finally ready for his close-up.The first installment of the series, released in 2012, was largely focused around the turbulent inner lives and straitened circumstances of characters played by Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Mc Conaughey.As Bomer sees it, Magic Mike XXL, with its objectified men and its new promoter played by Jada Pinkett Smith, is a movie that uplifts women.
“How many times have you seen a film with a woman who is strong and not portrayed as frigid or a bitch? “In this film, the women were portrayed beautifully and three-dimensionally and had all those dimensions going on.” TIME: Whose idea was it for you to sing in the movie?