Matthew McConaughey Talks Stripping For Magic Mike: 'Scary' At First, Then 'Like A Drug'

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Matthew McConaughey as Dallas in 'Magic Mike' -- Warner Bros
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Matthew McConaughey as Dallas in 'Magic Mike' -- Warner Bros

Audiences will soon be treated to the sight of Matthew McConaughey's toned body and cut abs as all-male strip club owner Dallas in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," where the actor will be seen performing a self-proclaimed "wonderfully filthy" dance on the big screen.

While the 42-year-old father of two wasn't initially supposed to strip in the film, Matthew said he quickly surrendered to the stripping siren song.

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"Soderbergh said in the beginning that if it felt right, I could strip at the end of the movie. I said, 'I gotta dance, man,'" Matthew told The Advocate in an interview for their latest issue. "I would regret it for the rest of my life if I was in a male stripper movie and didn't get up there and strip myself."

Once the dancing began, Matthew said he was instantly addicted and had "a ball" busting his carefully practiced moves.

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"At first it was scary as hell, but then it became like a drug, and I couldn't wait to do it again," he told the mag.

And his costume of choice? A carefully designed thong.

"We took a lot of time designing it because the thong's your armor, man. It's your sword," he told the mag. 'Well, I guess it's really the sheath for the sword."

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After months of rehearsing for "two, three nights a week," Matthew was ready to let his nearly-naked choreography shine and scoffed at the idea of using a body double.

"No way -- that's all me up there," he said. "I don't need a stunt ass."

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"Magic Mike" - which also stars Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Joe Manganiello - hits theaters on June 29.

--Erin O'Sullivan

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