Magic Mike’s Last Dance ends with a 30-minute dance sequence

“We wanted to blow up dancing in a big way,” said director Steven Soderbergh.

Magic Mike's Last Dance

“Magic Mike’s Last Dance”

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If you come back for one last ride, do better. Steven Soderbergh teased that when he returns to direct Magic Mike’s Last Dance, the film will end with a massive dance sequence lasting over half an hour. That’s a lot of skin.

“We wanted to blow up dancing in a big way,” Soderbergh said in a new interview with Empire magazine on Wednesday. “We have this dance number with Channing [Tatum] and Salma [Hayek] right at the front. And then the last 30+ minutes of the movie is just this huge dance sequence.”

Soderbergh added that the sequence in question was filmed in an old South London theater called the Chapman Grand, which allowed him to expand his experimentation, perhaps a good reason why he was willing to return for Last Dance after working for Magic Mike XXL” had stepped aside.” And the way Soderbergh puts it, you’d think he was remaking “An American in Paris,” which helps when you have a modern-day Gene Kelly like Channing Tatum who can do anything with his legs can.

“My job is, how do I make each one unique? I can’t photograph them all in the same way, I have to come up with a different approach for each dance. And that was really the challenge,” said Soderbergh. “It was fun, there isn’t a bad angle in this place.”

Soderbergh also hinted at some of the themes of the third film in the Magic Mike series, saying that not only is Mike directing a huge show at a legendary London theater, it is also the first time Mike has been seen in a serious relationship is.

“The first film was a fairly straightforward portrayal of a set of characters existing in a particular milieu that hasn’t changed since it was made. And the second film pushed a little to talk about what women are looking for in a night of exploring fantasy and sexuality — and how to maintain a sense of mystery while still existing in an environment where things are like permission and consent are paramount?” said Söderbergh. “The third film really explores that a lot more fully, partly because it’s the first time we’ve seen Mike in a relationship. So that allows for a dynamic and a range of discussions that we didn’t have access to before ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’.”

Magic Mike’s Last Dance hits theaters on February 10, 2023. You can watch the trailer here and Soderbergh’s full interview here.

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Lindsay Lowe

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