Joe Manganiello: I forced Matt Bomer to sing in Magic Mike XXL

Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello is the reason for Matt Bomer's musical performance in 'Magic Mike XXL', having asked Channing Tatum to write in the scene, after seeing him perform at a karaoke bar.

Joe Manganiello forced Matt Bomer to sing in 'Magic Mike XXL'.

The 38-year-old actor has confessed he got Channing Tatum to write in a singing scene for his 37-year-old co-star in the sequel to 'Magic Mike', in which he performs D'Angelo's 'Untitled (How Does It Feel?)', after hearing him perform Jon Bon Jovi's 'Blaze of Glory' in a karaoke bar.

Joe said: "Matt is such a humble guy, and I feel like sometimes I'm Matt's agent, letting people know that he can sing.

"We were on Part 1 and we were filming in Tampa, and Matt and I went out to this karaoke bar. I dared Matt to sing Jon Bon Jovi's 'Blaze of Glory'. He sang it so well and so hard, and nailed every note, which is really, really difficult.

I remember coming back the next day and talking to Channing, or whoever, and I was like, 'You've got to get Matt to sing. You've got to make Matt sing.'"

The 'True Blood' star - who is engaged to 'Modern Family' actress Sofia Vergara - went on to admit that, having studied Shakespeare at drama school together, he finds it funny that he and the 'In Time' actor are now playing strippers in 'Magic Mike'.

Speaking to, Joe said: "I've known Matt since he was 18. We did come up through drama school together, doing Chekhov, Shakespeare, Ibsen, and all of that. And now, we're at this moment in our careers where, in scene one for take one it was like, 'Joe, you're going to get naked and cannonball Channing into a pool.'

"That education really paid off."

Magic Mike XXL

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 115 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Greg Jacobs
  • Cast: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer
  • UK release: 3 July 2015

Mike (Tatum) takes a weekend away from his business to join his stripper buddies on a road trip to … a stripping convention. Winning blend of male bonding and female fantasy, with the men much more likable than most all-male comedy ensembles. As sweet and steamy as fresh cherry pie.


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