Matt Bomer: Manscaping for 'Magic Mike' Wasn't 'Fun'

06/13/2012 at 11:00 AM ET

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Matt Bomer is “proud” to play a male stripper in the upcoming movie Magic Mike — 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!”

–Sara Hammel


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Tricia on

FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY, a show of equality in terms of viewing men as sex objects- similar to what has been frequently happening to women for years and years. Back at cha guys! Many women do NOT like body hair on a man, so this is even more refreshing for that reason alone. Men like women to be soft, keep in shape, and look good. News flash guys…. some women like the same in a man. I would love to see men squirm watching this movie. Now you know how us women feel by the constant objectification of our gender!

Linda on

Will watch this movie because I think that Matt B., Channing, and Joe are very cool and down to earth guys with a lot of talent. I like their appreciation of how lucky they are, how hard they have to work out to look like they do and work at their craft, and their general humility. It’s very attractive. Oiled, hairless men dancing, is much much less attractive, so I am kind of dreading watching that. In real life, every male stripper I have seen at parties and clubs has been the opposite of hot. I guess if anything might change my mind, its this movie. But these guys are worth the risk. Lots of luck to them all for the success of this one!

Elizabeth on

All I have to say is… “hubba hubba”…

Joey on

I want to go see this with my mom! If i go with my mom it wont seem so weird that a boy wants to go to this movie!

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