'I thought this film was hilarious and man, can they dance' ...Naomi
A bit of synopsis & filmmaker talk...
Tatum, who stars and is a producer on the film, recalls, 'I mentioned that I‘d worked as a stripper for eight months when I was 18 and 19 years old. I‘ve always thought about doing a story about that life because whenever the subject comes up, guys always want to know about it. How’d you get into it? What was it like? How much money did you make? Steven (Soderbergh) said, 'You should do it. Absolutely. You should write it and I‘ll direct it.''I thought it was one of the best ideas I‘d ever heard for a movie,' says Soderbergh. 'It‘s sexy, funny and crazy, and a view into an interesting, exclusive environment most people never experience.'
'None of the characters are based on real people, not even my own' Tatum confirms. 'Everything that happens is fictional, and we did that purposely because we wanted the freedom to create our own scenarios and tell the best story.'
'I think Channing‘s life was probably much crazier than this movie could portray anyway. If we put in the stuff that really happened, no one would believe it' quips his producing partner Reid Carolin. At the same time, he notes, 'We wanted it to be realistic enough to resonate with his experience as a guy struggling to stay afloat, but who also has these almost surreal moments on the weekends when he‘s tearing off his clothes and dancing for a room full of screaming women.'
I thought this an odd film choice for Director, STEVEN SODERBERGH, who has directed many a great film before, such as Traffic, Erin Brockovich and Sex, Lies, and Videotape, but I'm glad he made it, I needed a good laugh after seeing so many gloomy cop shows on TV.