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Alex Pettyfer Will Get As Naked As He Needs To for Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike

Vulture ran into Alex Pettyfer last night at HUGO's event honoring the Young Collectors Council of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the 21-year-old Brit told us that no one was more surprised than him to find out that he's joining the cast of Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, where he'll play a fledgling male stripper opposite Channing Tatum. "I literally just got a phone call out of the blue," Pettyfer said. "Steven called me and he goes, 'Hey, it's Steven Soderbergh,' and I was like 'Oh, okay.' I didn't really believe it at the time. He goes, 'I've got some stuff I'm going to e-mail you and if you respond, then let me know.' I read it and it was amazing. It's an amazing story. It's got some clearly amazing people attached to it. I called him back and said, 'What do I need to do to be a part of this?' and he said, 'Just say yes.' I'm a very lucky man." That was two weeks ago, and since then, Pettyfer has been fretting about his moves. "I am definitely going to have to take some dance classes," he said. "I don't think male strippers use poles. The male stripper has no props apart from themselves." As for how much skin he's prepared to reveal, Pettyfer said, "I'm not sure yet." Is he still deciding whether he'd go full-frontal for the role? "It's not so much still deciding," he said. "I will do whatever needs to be done."

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