Actor Channing Tatum appears in a different costume than usual in “Magic Mike.” The comedy by director Steven Soderbergh stars Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodríguez and Alex Pettyfer as male strippers.

Channing Tatum, a former stripper himself, likely had no problem with research. His main issue is his costume: a thong. The “21 Jump Street” actor says this about the skimpy underwear worn by many a male stripper: “Sometimes a thong completely betrays you,[but] if everyone is dressed in a thong pretty much any conversation is going to be funny … It’s only weird if you make it weird.”

Former Stripper Channing Tatum Is Perfect For “Magic Mike”