Matt Bomer Tells Late Night's Seth Meyers: Singing Helped Me Strip in Magic Mike XXL
We’re in heaven!
Matt Bomer stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday and told the late night host he’ll be stripping and singing in Magic Mike XXL.
Fellow actor Channing Tatum, 35, produced XXL‘s precursor, which was inspired by his early life. Following the box office success of the first movie, the sequel flick revolves around the male exotic dancers going to a strippers’ convention.
Bomer, who reprises his role as Ken, has a scene where his character serenades a group of Southern women who hired the male strippers for a night of steamy fun – but one of the women seems a bit down. To cheer her up (and turn her on), Bomer strips and sings Bryan Adams‘ ballad “Heaven.” He says the idea for him to sing is pretty much the fault of his his costar, Joe Manganiello’s, 38.
“In between takes we would entertain extras … Channing would shove a microphone in their face and say, ‘Do something,’ and Joe Manganiello – who I went to college with at Carnegie Mellon – knew that I sang and said, ‘You should sing a song.’ So I did, and Channing remembered that, and he was like, ‘You’re singing in this one.’ ”
Bomer continued, “I was like, ‘Oh man,’ because, you know, it’s daunting to have to take your clothes off in front of strangers and then to sing live on top of that.”
Responded Meyers: “I think I’d rather take my clothes off than sing. All things being equal. I don’t want to do either, but I certainly don’t – singing in front of people would make me terrified.”
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But Bomer, 37, had a different take on it: “There’s something about taking your clothes off at the same time that actually made it easier.”
“Oh well, there you go,” says Meyers, 41. He then asks if Bomer and Manganiello, 38, had any weird acting assignment at college, and the actor recalls a character he created for himself as an assignment – a heroin-addicted peacock that worked at a tanning salon.
“And we did clown work together, we did Shakespeare together and now we’ve stripped together,” says Bomer.
“Wow that’s fantastic,” says Meyers.
Bomer responds, “I don’t know where to go from here.”
Well, we’re going to the movies. Magic Mike XXL hits theaters on July 1.