Exclusive: ‘Magic Mike’ Star Adam Rodriguez Chose Stripping Over ‘Dark Knight’
Celebuzz caught up with Adam, who dished about the role and revealed that audiences are going to see “plenty” of skin — and how he had to give up a coveted role in the next Dark Knight film in order to show off his inner stripper.
Fans are pretty excited you’re starring in Magic Mike. What drew you to the role?
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.
What kind of direction has Channing Tatum given you about the role?
The roles were all based loosely on guys that Channing knew when he was dancing, 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. Steven, Channing, and Carmen Cuba (the casting director) really knew what they were going for while casting and once we showed up for work, Steven trusted us to deliver.
How did you prepare for the role?
Plenty of dieting and exercise with 60 to 90 minutes of cardio a day — sometimes two. An hour of weight training and a whole lot of dance rehearsals. We have a few group numbers in the movie that we worked really hard on. We definitely went balls out.
There’s going to be lots of skin in the film, but how much will audiences really get to see?
The audience will most definitely get to see PLENTY! How much of plenty will be up to Steven in the editing room and the audience keeping their eyes open in the movie theater.
I’m sure you guys are having a blast on set. Any funny stories/wardrobe malfunctions you can tell us about?
We really did have a blast on set. The guys all clicked as though we’d been hanging out together for years. Having to walk around and dance freely in a g-string amongst a crew of fully dressed adults will break down social inhibitions really fast and get the g-string wearers to bond strongly. The camaraderie was like being on the football team in high school. Crazy conversations and lots and lots of laughs.
Now, out of all the guys — who is the best dancer?
Channing is without a doubt the best dancer of the group. He pulled off some incredible moves and was able to learn everything so quickly. He was definitely Magic Mike! Matt Bomer was able to keep perfect time throughout the group numbers, so I was always looking to see if I was in step with him. If I was, great! And if I wasn’t, I knew I needed to correct something. He was like a metronome, so I nicknamed him “Bomer the Metronomer.”
In addition to Magic Mike, there’s talk that you’re doing Dark Knight. Is that true?
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.