It wasn’t that long ago that Matthew McConaughey was very seriously considering a run to become the next Governor of Texas. In November, he announced he was taking a pass on his chance at the state’s executive office, and now he’s doing exactly what any elder statesman would do after bowing out of an election — he’s taking to social media so he can let a former co-star know he wants to once again play a strip club owner.
That’s right, in the wake of the news that Channing Tatum is returning in the buff for Magic Mike’s Last Dance, Matthew McConaughey got on Instagram to let Tatum know he wants his old job back. The actor posted a photo of himself and Tatum posing as if they were offering wads of cash to someone off camera. You can see the image below.
Matthew McConaughey captioned the pic with “call me @channingtatum.” Clearly, the Interstellar star has heard the announcement from November that Tatum, director Steven Soderbergh, and screenwriter Reid Carolin are teaming up one more time to tell the story of the world’s most famous fictional male stripper. There isn’t a lot of info yet on who else is or isn’t coming back for the threequel, though some reports suggest Thandiwe Newton (Westworld) will be joining the flick.
In 2012’s Magic Mike, Matthew McConaughey starred as Dallas, the owner of Xquisite where the titular dancer works. McConaughey apparently couldn’t make it for the 2015 follow-up Magic Mike XXL because his schedule was too packed at the time. He was written out of the story with the explanation that he had opened a new club in Macau, taking Adam aka “The Kid” with him. According to Alex Pettyfer — the actor who played Adam — unlike McConaughey he was written out because Channing Tatum didn’t like him. He told Entertainment Weekly he was quiet on set, which wrongly led his co-stars to believe he thought he was better than them. He also said that Tatum helped him get an apartment by referring him to a friend who was renting one. Pettyfer claimed he and his fiancee forgot to pay the last month’s rent, which prompted a nasty email from Tatum who — according to Pettyfer — was “looking for an excuse” not to like him.
If nothing else, it doesn’t look like Matthew McConaughey’s schedule will stop him from appearing in anything any time soon. The would-be gubernatorial hopeful hasn’t taken a lot of roles in the past few years, and most of what he has done has been voice work. He was the voice of the eponymous canine in the Hank the Cowdog podcast as well as the koala Buster Moon in Sing 2.
Of course, one has to wonder, if Channing Tatum and co. wanted Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike’s Last Dance, why didn’t they reach out to him already? They can google as well as anyone else. They know he doesn’t have another True Detective season or Interstellar sequel on the way. Maybe they want Mike to have moved on from the shadow of his old boss? We’ll know soon enough.