Adam Rodriguez Discusses Choosing Male Stripper Movie Magic Mike Over Batman Sequel The Dark Knight Rises
11.28.11 by Ryan
Adam Rodriguez seemed to be on a huge roll when it was reported that the CSI: Miami actor was cast in both the independent male stripper movie Magic Mike and the upcoming Batman sequel, The Dark Knight Rises. Turns out, Rodriguez couldn't do both movies, telling CeleBuzz that he settled on Magic Mike instead.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to work on Dark Knight because it directly conflicted with the shooting schedule for Magic Mike. There was no way around it. I’m sure it would have been an incredible experience, but I know it worked out for the best.
For those who are unaware of the project, Magic Mike stars Channing Tatum as a male dancer who teaches a younger, inexperienced dancer (Alex Pettyfer) how to hustle while they work in a male strip club owned by Matthew McConaughey. Rodriguez says part of what drew him to the movie was Academy Award–winning director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Traffic) and then the script, written by Reid Carolin.
The first thing that got my attention was the fact that Steven Soderbergh was directing. Then I read the script and loved the way the premise of a “male stripper movie” was delivered with style. It had edge without taking itself too seriously and humor without making an ass of itself. The roles of the dancers were sprinkled throughout the script with lots of room for improvisation, and I knew it would be something fun to be a part of. I was right. Best time I’ve ever had on a job. Learned a lot and laughed a lot.
While we've already reported that Rodriguez gave co-star Matthew Bomer (In Time) the nickname "Bomer the Metronomer", Rodriguez says that it was Tatum who "is without a doubt the best dancer of the group". Since Magic Mike is loosely based on Tatum's career as an exotic male dancer when he was nineteen, that makes perfect sense.
Tatum also helped his co-stars with their roles. "The roles were all based loosely on guys that Channing knew when he was dancing," said Rodriguez. "So he gave a little insight into each character but it was really about everyone taking the ball and running with it on their own."
And, as Joe Manganiello (True Blood) has already revealed, "taking the ball and running with it" could mean just that. "[Everyone is] pretty damn naked," Manganiello said last month.
Magic Mike will now open on June 29, 2012, and will co-star Olivia Munn (The Daily Show), Riley Keough (The Runaways) and Cody Horn (Flipped).