On his upcoming role in “Empire”: “I’ll be coming in around the fifth episode and I play a concert promoter who used to be a New York City cop, who was a first responder during the 9/11 tragedy, dealing with some issues from that, specifically PTSD. Cookie and I cross paths and we recognize something in each other that strikes a chord, and I think we explore that and see where the romance lies.
On working with Taraji P. Henson again: “I love Taraji, I can’t wait to get to work with her again. We did a movie together a few years back, and have remained friends. I am so happy for her, and getting all the recognition she deserves. I’m excited to go play in her world for a little while.”
On his advice for guys “forced” to watch the movie: “Try not to laugh because it is hysterical. I give you a pat on the back for going with your girl, or even going by yourself and hoping to run into a girl that you might end up making a connection with. It really is buddy comedy. Everyone says “male stripper movie,” and it is that, but honestly it is more of a comedy than anything else. It is right in the vein of ‘The Hangover’ and ‘Animal House,’ and then it’s got some dancing. I don’t think guys will be disappointed. I think people will be surprised by how much guys will like the movie.”
On a possible Magic Mike 3: “I can only say that if there is one, I will be there.”