Most Hollywood fans might be familiar with the hit film “Magic Mike XXL.” The 2015 comedy-drama starred actors Jada Pinkett Smith, and a host of other familiar faces.
It followed the lives of a bevy of strippers who wanted to end their careers on a high note after being abandoned by their former boss.
The movie received positive reviews from critics, particularly female viewers who enjoyed the risqué scenes strewn across the entire length of the film. The actors who portrayed the strippers looked so much like a meal that it got the ladies hooked.
Jada, who appeared in the film, also felt the effect of the overwhelming male aura. At some point in the production, she could not contain her emotions and started clinging to a co-star. Below are more details about her experience.
Jada Was Attracted To Tatum’s Hunky Body
While on the set of “Magic Mike XXL,” Jada’s hormones started raging erratically. As much as she tried to contain herself around the bevy of six-packed muscular men, one of the co-star’s bodies was just too good to let go.
In her case, Jada was attracted to Tatum and kept touching his chest anytime they met on set. It could have caused some legal issues for her – and it took her a while to realize her wrong act.
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“I was so glad that he didn’t sue me for sexual harassment,” Jada revealed, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest. “Because every time I saw Matt, the first thing was I put my hand on his chest and rub his chest and say, ‘Hey, Matt!'”
Ultimately, the “Collateral” star realized the errors of her conduct and took out time to apologize to her co-star. She understood that if the reverse were to be the case, she might have slammed Tatum with a lawsuit case already. Luckily, her apology was accepted by the actor. Her co-star had no qualms about the entire scenario, and the issue died a natural death.
Jada Felt Like Procreating With The Male Actors
The male acts in the film dressed scantily for long periods of the production process. For Jada, having to share the same air space with so many studmuffins excited her sexually.
“So, I walk on my set for the first time, my club, and at my club, it’s just chocolate tastiness,” she said on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” “It’s just 10, 11…12 chocolate men getting greased down by the makeup department. And literally, I walked on the set, and my knee buckled.”
She divulged that her eyes kept wandering, and the temptation kept increasing with every passing moment. The female star added that her mind kept urging her to “procreate” with the first hunk she could get.
Fortunately, apart from having to overly touch Tatum while on set, Smith remained in control of her urges all through the production period.
Tatum Helped Jada Land The Role In ‘Magic Mike XXL’
Many people might love to jump on a movie with Tatum in it. However, it took some extra convincing on Tatum’s part to get Smith to come on board.
“After getting on Skype with Channing and director Greg Jacobs, I knew their intentions were pure,” Smith said according to Daily Mail. “One of the biggest selling points for accepting this role was Channing saying – I’m not quoting – that there is a way to make the adult entertainment industry responsible.”
The extra convincing push came from understanding that Tatum was influential in Hollywood, and his guts to want to pull off such a subject endeared her the more. Ultimately, Smith portrayed the part of Rome, a nightclub owner in the film.
She described her Rome character as a person who communicates strength differently by using her feminine wiles.
Jada Once Lost Interest In Hollywood
After starring in “Magic Mike XXL” and subsequent flicks, Jada took a short hiatus from the acting scenes. At that time, she revealed she had lost interest in acting as good female roles were few and difficult to get.
“I’d gotten kind of bored,” Smith said in an interview with Today. “I mean, you know, in Hollywood, it’s a lot of ladies. And it’s difficult for the dope, fulfilling roles to get spread out.”
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Soon enough, she got what she wanted when an opportunity to audition for the Fish Mooney character in the crime drama series “Gotham,” became available.
The new role pushed her to act again after she had apparently turned down other uninspiring female roles that came her way. In the end, she got the part, and the rest they say is history.