Channing Tatum says Aussies ‘raw and real’ about sex

Hollywood star Channing Tatum

Nui Te Koha, Herald Sun - July 2nd, 2021

Hollywood star Channing Tatum’s touring strip show will be extra raunchy in Melbourne because “there’s a completely different way Aussies talk about sex.”

Hollywood star Channing Tatum says his touring strip show Magic Mike Live will ramp up the raunch for Melbourne audiences because Aussies are raw and real about sex.

“We’re making the show a whole lot sexier for our Australian fans,” Tatum told the Herald Sun.

“I’ve been fascinated to see how the show plays here and what we can learn from it.”

The show, Channing Tatum Presents Magic Mike Live, based on two hit movies, has started a three month season at Birrarung Marr.

“In my experience, there’s a completely different way Aussies talk about sex, and men and women, and dating,” Tatum said.

“I don’t really have a way to describe what that is, I just know it’s different to how we talk about sex in the States. Aussies are raw and real about it.

“When we talk about it in the States it’s almost like we have to undercut it with humour, because it’s almost too real, like ‘Oh, we’re talking about something naughty now’.”

Tatum also knows the show, with a cast a buff male dancers, is playing in politically correct times, and continuing debate about power dynamics and sexual consent.

However, Tatum, a former stripper, says Magic Mike Live is about empowering women, and asking what they want from life.

“I don’t want to offend anybody,” Tatum said.

“I hope there’s an agreement of, we’re just trying to do something good and fun.

“The meaning of the show is more of a question: ‘What do you want, and do you know what you want, and if you do, ask for it?’ Hopefully, we’ll be able to give it to you. But we won’t be able to give it to you until you know what it is.”

Tatum, whose movie credits include G.I Joe, 21 Jump Street and White House Down, said he is devising a new live show for men and women.

“The next evolution we’ll do, in time, will explore the actual space between men and women, and what it means to see things from someone else’s perspective,” he said.

He consulted women about the show, and all-female focus groups to finesse its themes.

“You find me a guy who says I know exactly what women want, and I’ll be like, ‘You are either lying or entirely delusional. You can’t know. You can try to guess. But my reaching out to amazing women, we found a direction to go in.”

Tatum says he wants audiences to feel safe at the shows. There is a safe word — unicorn — which will let people to opt out of dancers getting too close.

“You can change your mind — imagine that as an idea for a woman,” Tatum said.

“It’s like, ‘You were really hot two seconds ago, but then you spoke, and now I’m not interested at all.”

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