Matthew McConaughey may be Oscar-nominated for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, but perhaps his most challenging role to date was playing a guy who was comfortable wearing a thong on the set of Magic Mike. As a guest on BBC America’s The Graham Norton Show, McConaughey recalls forcing himself to walk around in what Norton calls a “posing pouch” to help himself get used to the, shall we say, cheeky experience.
“You put one of those [thongs] on, and you find that your body gets kind of inverted,” he says, demonstrating. “I had to loosen up, because this is a guy who really lives in this thing, and I had to get really loose and [down] with it.”
That meant walking around in it even when it wasn’t called for. “I remember going — and I wasn’t the only one who did this — I had to walk out amongst the crew and have small-time, normal conversations. ‘Hey, what’d you have for lunch? Did you see the game this weekend?’ Go out and try to have some small talk in this thong without flinching. It was hard.” At this point, the audience goes wild for his unintentional double entendre. “I wasn’t, but it was,” he laughed. “Thank you for that.”
Watch the whole video below for McConaughey’s very physical (though entirely clothed) demonstration, and react in the comments.