"The fireman routine was in the script, the silhouette dance was in the script, but the one thing I said going into it was, 'Guys, please, I’m up for these two classical sword-and-sandal pictures and I’m meeting with directors on them. Please don’t put me in a gladiator outfit, I don’t want to scare them off,'" the actor said. "And sure enough, I get to my costume fitting and they’re like, 'Oh my God, we’ve got this great gladiator suit!' And I’m like, 'Guys, I am not doing the gladiator.'"
But sure enough, production had another creative costume idea up their sleeves -- and it involved an abundance of gold body paint.
"So the day of shooting, there was a team of five women and it took over an hour and they just covered me, every crevice, in gold," he said. "And the costumers gave me this gold lamé thong with a fig leaf on the front, and I just went for it."
Manganiello wasn't the only "Magic Mike" cast member to have a bit of trouble with his wardrobe. "White Collar" star Matt Bomer said he had trouble figuring the undergarment out.
"The first time I tried, I had never worn a thong before, so the first time I tried it I put it on wrong and my junk didn’t fit in it," Bomer told MTV. "I had to call a wardrobe person in, 'Something is wrong with my thong, you guys. I think we are gonna have to figure this out,’ and they're like, 'Yeah your legs are in the wrong holes.’ That was step one."
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