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Matt Bomer is “proud” to play a male stripper in the upcoming movie
— but that doesn’t mean he was thrilled by the grooming requirements.
Asked how he felt about having to “manscape” — the shaving, waxing and general grooming of a male’s nether regions — for the film, Bomer said he took one for the team.
“We all had to go there,” Bomer told PEOPLE Tuesday at Park & Bond‘s special dinner at Perla in Manhattan to celebrate New York’s most stylish dads. “I’m not going to say it was fun, and personally I will never do it again, but for that project it was necessary. We were all in the boat together.”
He added, “What was important to me was to tell the story authentically, and I wanted to reflect what the dancers in real life do. And that’s part of their job.”
Bomer, decked out in a Paul Smith suit and an Ovadia & Sons tie, said he did research to get into the head of a male dancer.
“It was us against the world. But in a lot of ways, that was the mentality of a lot of exotic dancers I talked to,” Bomer said. “It’s a profession that’s not widely accepted by the general populace, so even though they raz each other and it is a sort of locker room environment, they help each other out and look out for each other, and I feel like that’s something we picked up on.”
His costars include Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, and Bomer added, “Channing’s brilliant in this movie, and I know they’re not going to be the immediate audience, but guys will really like this movie. I’m calling it now!”