By: Mut Asheru
Ever wonder what goes on the minds and lives of male entertainers? Here’s your chance to take a candid look. “La Bare, The True Stories Behind Magic Mike” is a documentary about the diverse men behind the film “Magic Mike” starring Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello. It rolls out the story of the male entertainers of the famed La Bare club in Dallas, TX whose existence inspired Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 runaway hit movie “Magic Mike”. LA BARE is slated to open at the Angelika Dallas on June 27.
The Manganiello’s did a pretty decent job of shedding some light on the lives of these dancers. The stripping to talking ratio was kept at a respectable level which easily allows you to be be pulled into the minds of the fellas whose personalities are as diverse as their stage shows. They’re some character’s to be sure but you will be totally vested in them by the end of the film. And no this is not just for ladies. The men in the audience enjoyed the dancer’s stories and antics as well. Shot in a very respectful manner, La Bare informs as well as entertains…which is a success in my book. And my book is the one to read. It won’t blow your mind but it will make you realize male strippers are people too dammit.
About the Film
Produced by the brothers Joe and Nick Manganiello under their company 3:59 INC, LA BARE is an insider’s look at the history, the lives and the culture of the most popular male strip club in the world, La Bare Dallas. Since the birth of the male review in the late 1970s, the greatest male strippers in the world can all be traced back to one club… La Bare Dallas. LA BARE gives you a behind the curtains look at the lives, loves, laughs, and loss of the current crop of dancers as well as the man that’s been going strong for over three decades since the club’s inception, Randy “Master Blaster” Ricks.
“We set out to give audiences a privileged, behind the curtains look at one of the most mysterious and misunderstood professions that has ever existed. What we uncovered was something that transcended anything we could have ever hoped for.”
– Joe Manganiello, Director