It's an age we've all been waiting for: the age of the male stripper!
With news that former "Blossom" star Joey Lawrence will join the notorious male revue Chippendales in Las Vegas, and of course that scintillating "Magic Mike" trailer, we look back on eight male celebrities who've tried their hand at stripping down -- from The Situation to Brad Pitt (yes, really).
If we didn't already know, all of the brouhaha over Steven Soderbergh's flick "Magic Mike" certainly would never let us forget it: Tatum worked as a stripper at a local nightclub in Florida before hitting it big in 2006's "Step Up." The best part? <em>Us Weekly </em><a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/channing-tatums-secret-stripper-past-200929" target="_hplink">found a video of it</a> (NSFW).
Before he gained a bigger audience with "Jersey Shore," Sorrentino showed a strip club what "the situation" was all about -- by serving drinks shirtless. But he copped to <a href="http://juicytings.com/celebrities/mike-%e2%80%98the-situation%e2%80%99-sorrentino-stripping-days/#ixzz1v4QZnayX" target="_hplink">actually stripping down once</a>, telling Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show": "I really didn't like the costume ... My birthday is on the Fourth of July so they had some like, I don't know if I was Uncle Sam, but it was some sort of Uncle Sam with a thong and I wasn't really feeling it."
The 98 Degrees singer kept things piping hot after his boy band with Nick Lachey all but dissolved: <a href="http://www.popeater.com/2011/05/25/eff-timmons-new-chippendales-deal/" target="_hplink">Timmons joined the popular Chippendales </a>revue in Las Vegas in May 2011, to much fanfare.
Shortly after 98 Degrees singer Jeff Timmons, "Bachelor" star Pavelka followed suit. Well, sort of: The former pilot-turned-reality-show-star tried his hand at hosting the notorious male revue in early 2012.
The Spanish hunk proved he was more than just a beefcake (hello, "Jamon, Jamon") when he took a chilling turn in the Coen brothers' 2007 flick, "No Country For Old Men" (and won an Oscar for it too). But at around age 20, Bardem was strapped for cash so he turned to stripping one weekend, then did what any guy would do: invite his mother. "I danced one night in a place, there was a club. And they asked for a guy to kind of make a striptease and I did it... It was for ten minutes. I needed money ... My mother was there in the audience. She was so proud," <a href="http://www.contactmusic.com/news-article/bardem.s-stripping-past" target="_hplink">the actor has said</a>.
Former "American Idol" contestant David Hernandez caused a tabloid scandal when near-naked photos of the singer emerged and it was revealed that <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1582721/american-idol-david-hernandez-worked-stripper.jhtml" target="_hplink">Hernandez worked as a stripper</a> at Dick's Cabaret in Phoenix for three years.
Yes, really! Pitt was allegedly part of a male dance group called "Dancing Bares" at the University of Missouri.
The former "Blossom" star will snap on the bowtie as part of the increasingly celebrity-studded Chippendales in Las Vegas, according to <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/05/16/joey-lawrence-stripper-chippendales/" target="_hplink">this report in TMZ</a>. Whoa!