The West End of London was awash with hormones on Tuesday night, as Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey strutted their stuff at the Apple Store, Regent Street.
Appearing in person to promote Magic Mike, the latest-until-the-next-one-comes-out-in-five-minutes-movie from Stephen Soderbergh, the two cuts of finest American beefcake were served-up to a throng of two hundred sizzlingly excited fans. Some of the audience had arrived a full seven hours ahead of the event, the latest in the Meet the Filmmaker series of talks to take place in the capital’s flagship tech emporium.
Guest moderator Edith Bowman did well to keep a lid on the boiling pot, which whistled and frothed at every film clip shown. Unlike in the film, Tatum and McConaughey ultimately kept their clothes on, but it was more then evident from the constant chirps and gasps amongst the largely female contingent, that just sharing oxygen space with the stars was leaving them breathless enough.
For all intents and purposes, the content coming from the stage could have consisted of limericks and Tatum reciting his shopping list, and those present would have been happy to take blurry pictures on their phones wish they were two feet taller. The largest cheer of the night came with confirmation they’d be a sequel to 21 Jump Street. McConaughey also blew some minds with some sage advice regarding becoming an actor ”Don’t act like one. Be one.”
However, the best question was saved for last. When asked what each would consider to be the ultimate roles they’d like to play, Tatum revealed his love for Genghis Khan. Strange and unexpected on the surface, but on the night’s evidence, if anyone can pull in box office as a 12th Century Mongolian warlord, it’s Channing Tatum. Matthew McConaughey’s answer? Martin Luther King. Magic Mike is out in UK cinemas now.