This weekend, at long last, you’ll be able to barricade yourself inside an air-conditioned movie theater with Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper epic featuring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey as a merry gang of oiled-up Chippendales-esque beefcakes.
It’s about time. The succession of trailers Warner Bros. has been teasing out over the past few months have successfully fanned the flames of anticipation into a wildfire. Rarely, if ever, has there been a series of promotional trailers choreographed to re-enact—very literally—an actual striptease, culminating in a red-band clip posted online two weeks ago which is, for nearly any office environment, NSFW. In case you missed them, though, here’s a mini-retrospective:
April 18: Moments after the first trailer was posted online, Youtube comments ranging between “MMMMMMMMM” to “I want this in 3D!!!!” began to pour in. There’re some topless Step Up-era moves from Channing Tatum, but it’s all harmless—albeit titillating—good fun.
May 18: The international trailer goes online, and things start to get a little dirty. From 1:45 onward, this clip shows off intensely unadulterated stripping from all parties concerned. Many pairs of tearaway pants are—gasp!—torn away.
June 13: The one-minute red-band trailer explodes the Internet. Utterly NSFW—and probably illegal.