Channing Tatum: ‘Magic Mike 3’ Will Never Happen, Says Rape Linked To Porn

Stacey Cole

Channing Tatum has bad news for all fans of male strippers out there, according to Cosmopolitan. The 36-year-old Jump Street actor says Magic Mike 3 will never happen.

Speaking to the audience at Cannes Lions, which was comprised of mostly females, Channing Tatum revealed that the creators of Magic Mike don’t have any plans for a third film in the series following 2012’s Magic Mike and 2015’s sequel, Magic Mike XXL.

There are, however, plans to make more stage shows about Magic Mike, including musicals, such as Magic Mike Live!, a stage show that will be presented in Las Vegas in March 2017. But Channing Tatum won’t appear on stage as Mike this time.

“The third installment will be the show, and I think it has to evolve past these guys.”

Channing Tatum also shared his vision on the Magic Mike universe, saying that while the first film was about his character, Mike, the second film was about the team of male strippers, and the stage show will be about a man and a woman discussing sex and relationships. Channing Tatum added that for him, personally, it would be the best direction for the story to evolve. The Foxcatcher actor also said there will be some exciting cameos during the stage show, possibly including himself, but that’s in case he’s ever “in shape enough to actually do the show again.”

Channing Tatum also revealed that they had already found a “brilliant, brilliant” director for the Magic Mike musical, but didn’t elaborate on who that might be. It’s because they want to slowly “boil down” their ideas to see which one works best, according to Tatum.

During his stay in Cannes, Channing Tatum also promoted his newly launched vodka brand, called Born and Bred, according to Good. Attending the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the Magic Mike star also shared his opinion about rape.

As Channing Tatum sat down with Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief, Joanna Coles, he opened up about the role of sex in a long-term marriage, what it’s like raising children and had a few things to say about rape.

When asked by a woman from a live audience about the place of women in society, Channing Tatum touched upon such gender issues as rape and porn.

“I think rape culture is a very real thing, a lot of porn that I see looks like rape, and there’s an issue.”

And then Channing Tatum went straight into the recent Stanford sexual assault case, saying he thinks it’s “a horrible idea” to let someone go “because of what they are going to be capable of.” In such a way, the Magic Mike star reacted to judge Aaron Persky’s mild sentence after Brock Turner was convicted of three rape counts.

“Because if you starting doing that where does it end? Where does that stop? I don’t think it’s right. I think he should have been punished more, personally.”

In fact, Channing Tatum believes that there are little differences between rape and murder. According to Tatum, it wouldn’t make sense if a judge would issue a light sentence in a murder case just because “you went to a nice school and you were a good swimmer.”

Channing Tatum said he fails to recognize that there is a line between the severity of rape and murder. If someone was caught red-handed at a murder scene and would get a lesser sentence everybody would go crazy, but that’s not the case with sexual assault.

“Just because it was sex with someone — you didn’t kill her — I don’t know why they wouldn’t equate that the same.”

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