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Channing Tatum's chest booster diet

Channing Tatum has revealed he has stuck to a strict protein diet to ensure he is a lean, mean muscle machine for Magic Mike XXL.

The 34-year-old hunk - who is back for the sequel to his hit male stripper film Magic Mike - graces the cover of Esquire magazine and during the interview endures a meal of just a plain single chicken breast.

Channing said: "This is really fine. I'm like T-minus I-don't-know-what to being naked all the time. It's... what I'm doing. It's what I do.

"I would like a beer. I would like to have some crab. I love eating. But this is what I'm doing right now."

The Jupiter Ascending star revealed he is currently working every day on the final draft of the script for Magic Mike XXL with his co-writer Reid Carolin, as well as attending dance rehearsals twice a day to prefect his strip routines for the movie, "once by myself and once with the group".

Channing revealed of the naked dance rehearsals: "There are a lot of apologies. A lot of 'I'm sorry that ran into your chin' and 'Let me take my thigh off your neck'."

And even though the movie has already begun shooting, he and his partner are still perfecting the script.

"When we sit down, we're really writing," he said. "My partner and I make wholesale changes. As needed. Today, tomorrow. That's why I'm the producer, too. So we have permission to s***w up the whole thing every day."

Reid added: "We write to the very last second. We read the script aloud, we retool scenes. Chan delivers the changes to the director and the cinematographer, works them out again. Then he goes into the gym to work out and I get my laptop, sit on the heavy equipment, and we start working more while he's lifting."

Channing, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello will be returning for XXL, minus Matthew McConaughey, who played club owner Dallas.

The sequel has been described as a road movie which takes the strippers on tour, and is due for release next summer.

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