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

When you come back for one last ride, make it count. Steven Soderbergh teased that upon his return as director of “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” the film pulls out all the stops to end with a huge dance sequence lasting over half an hour. That’s a lot of skin.

“We wanted to blow up the 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 in front. And then the last 30+ minutes of the movie is just this giant dance sequence.

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Soderbergh added that the scene in question was shot in an old South London theater called the Chapman Grand, which allowed him to expand his experiments, perhaps a good reason why he was willing to return for “Last Dance” after he had stepped aside for “Magic Mike XXL”. .” And as Soderbergh describes 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’s capable of doing anything with his legs.

“My job is, how can I distinguish each of these? 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,” Soderbergh said. “That was nice. There’s not a bad angle to that place.”

Soderbergh also hinted at some of the themes of the third film in the “Magic Mike” franchise, saying that Mike is not only hosting a huge show at a legendary London theater, but is also Mike’s first time in a serious relationship .

“The first movie was a fairly simple portrayal of a series of characters living in a certain milieu that hasn’t changed since the beginning. And the second movie kind of pushed out to talk about what women look for on a night out that explores fantasies and sexuality — and how do you maintain a sense of mystery, while still existing in an environment where things like consent and consent are key?” Soderbergh said. “The third movie really delves into this in a much bigger way, partly because we see Mike in a relationship for the first time. So that just creates a dynamic and a series of discussions that we didn’t have access to prior to ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance.’

“Magic Mike’s Last Dance” will be in theaters from February 10, 2023. You can watch the trailer here and Soderbergh’s full interview here.

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