Exclusive: 'Magic Mike' Star Adam Rodriguez Chose Stripping Over 'Dark Knight'

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Adam Rodriguez is ready to take it all off as the latest Hollywood hunk to join Steven Soderbergh's male stripper fest Magic Mike. Although some of you may know him from CSI: Miami, Adam is ready to show the world his sexy side (in a g-string!) for the film that's loosely based on Channing Tatum's stripping past.

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.

 
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  • Esra Rodriguez
    Esra Rodriguez

    Adam u made the right move. U r no doubt the sexiest guy i have ever seen and i would love to see u make more movies after magic mike. keep up the good work!!!! Love u heaps....... <3

  • anna
    anna

    he doesn,t care about missing out of dark knight just as long as it doesn,t interfere with him following singer melanie fiona everywhere he,s ok.

  • Ivy
    Ivy

    Watch him behind the scenes at CELEBU R.COM

  • Angela
    Angela

    I don't know if that was the right move Adam.I'm sure "Magic Mike" will be a good movie because you are in it, but I think the Batman movie would have been the better choice. Those movies have longer staying power.

  • lily
    lily

    I think its hard to say which movie will be more memorable 30 years from now but RIGHT NOW, I seriously can. not. wait for Magic Mike to open ( and did not know they're doing another dark knight flick). The fact that the cast had a "criminally" good time making this and that they've become a band of brothers have me optomistically hoping that good time fun will translate itself through the movie as well. And so many gorgeous hunks ( MATT BOMER being my favorite...but am getting to know the rest of the male cast and I like it)... this can't go wrong...at least not for me. And since Adam had so much fun being involve in this. then he made the right decision.

  • Gonad
    Gonad

    Actor turns down film which will remembered 30 years from now to do work that will forgotten 5 minutes after it's released.