Magic Mike XXL is all about 'kindness'

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

The popularity of the 'Magic Mike' franchise is linked to the "self deprecating" and "relatable" nature of the characters.

'Magic Mike XXL' is a movie centered on "kindness".

Director Greg Jacobs - who helmed the stripper movie starring Channing Tatum and Jada Pinkett Smith - has claimed that the popularity of the franchise can be attributed to its "self deprecating" and "relatable" characters.

Reflecting on the plotline of the new movie, Greg said: "For me, and for us, I feel like we wanted there to be a humanity, and to have this aspect of friendship and kindness to be something that came across. I don't know. I hope that's what makes it relatable.

"The movies didn't pitch themselves so seriously, and there's an element of being self-deprecating. Even though the guys look how they do, they're very relatable, in a way."

The director is particularly enthusiastic about the performance of Channing Tatum.

He told Collider: "Channing is such a movie star and he's so relatable, and he genuinely is a great guy. I think who he is, as a person, really comes across, on screen.

"Even in the first one, the dancing is amazing, but especially in the first one, it's really that Chan's performance is so strong and so captivating."

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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