Magic Mike

Magic Mike

Magic Mike hits the big screen this week and sees Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer join forces to play stripper.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh the movie is inspired by Tatum's experiences with this profession before he became an actor.

So to celebrate the release of the movie we take a look at some of the actors who have played strippers on the big screen.

- Robert Carlyle - The Full Monty

The Full Monty remains not only one of the best stripper movies of all time but also one of the best British movies of all time.

It's hard to believe that the movie was released way back in 1997 and saw Robert Carlyle lead an all star Brit cast.

Carlyle played Gaz, an unemployed steel worker who, along with his mates, turns to stripping to make a bit of cash.

The movie was a critical hit and a box office smash as well as raising the profile of Carlyle.

- Natalie Portman - Closer

Natalie Portman showed that she was an actress with real substance when she took on the role of Alice in the movie Closer.

Alice is a stripper as she tries to support herself living in London and it was the strongest performance from the ensemble cast that included Clive Owen, Jude Law and Julia Roberts.

It was a fearless as well as a quite tragic performance from Portman and she was rewarded with a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.

- Jessica Alba - Sin City

Jessica Alba had had roles in the likes of Never Been Kissed and Honey before Sin City came along but it was that role and that dance that really caught everyone's attention.

Alba took on the role of Nancy Callahan in the Robert Rodriguez movie that was based on the Frank Miller graphic novel.

She is more of an erotic dancer in the scene than a stripper but it was the role that really put her on the map.

The movie was met by critical acclaim and there has been a lot of talk of a second movie.

- Demi Moore - Striptease

In 1996 Demi Moore took on the role of stripper Erin Grant in the movie Striptease, which was based on the book of the same name by Carl Hiaasen.

Directed by Andrew Bergman the movie followed Erin as she becomes a stripper to earn money to afford an appeal after she loses custody of her daughter to her husband.

But the movie is remembered for all the wrong reasons as it and Moore's central performance were panned by the critics.

The film went on to win Razzie for Worst Picture.

- Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler

Marisa Tomei gave a touching performance in The Wrestler back in 2009 when she teamed up with Mickey Rourke.

Tomei takes on the role of Cassidy in the movie an ageing stripper who is befriended by Rourke.

Cassidy strips as a way of supporting her young son and it is a powerful and emotional performance from the actress.

Magic Mike is out now

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw


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