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Tatum revealed Magic Mike 2 plot

Channing Tatum has revealed Magic Mike 2 will be a road movie following a group of friends driving to a strippers' convention.

The 34-year-old Hollywood hunk starred with Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Matthew McConaughey in the first movie, which was based on his own experiences as an 18-year-old who stumbled into stripping accidentally as a way of making some extra money.

Channing has told GQ his plans for the sequel - rumoured to be called Magic Mike XXL - inspired by two strippers' conventions he attended, travelling in a friend's van and performing in front of 3,000 women.

The Foxcatcher star said: "We cut out so much stuff that was just really juicy fun things to happen in a movie that you haven't seen before.

"The women would come from miles and miles around. Then you lock the doors and you say all bets are off. It gets zany and crazy, and it's a wild ride. It's an incubator for insanity. It doesn't matter almost what you do onstage. I don't want to put anything in black and white on a page, but if you've been to one, you know how crazy it gets, and now pour kerosene on that.

"You've seen Magic Mike - now multiply that. Mob mentality. It's just exponentially crazier. I thought it was absolutely insane."

The 2012 movie, set in a strip club, was directed by Steven Soderbergh who has since announced his retirement from feature films as a protest against the internal workings of movie production.

Channing revealed he has done everything he can to persuade Steven to direct the sequel. But while Steven's long-time producing partner Greg Jacobs will be the director, Steven will be there on set to help make the movie.

Steven told GQ: "I want to be there, but I don't want to be the director. I want to be a part of it. I want to be in the band, but I just don't want to be the frontman this time."

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