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Michael Strahan Strips with 'Raw Athleticism' in 'Magic Mike XXL' [EXCLUSIVE]

First Posted: Jun 29, 2015 03:22 PM EDT
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Michael Strahan is a legendary Super Bowl Champ, "Fox NFL Sunday" analyst, co-host of "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" and special co-host for ABC's "Good Morning America," but did you know the man knows how to shake his money-maker?

Strahan recently nabbed a Daytime Emmy Award for "Most Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts" alongside Kelly Ripa, but he's also bringing his A-game to the adult entertainment biz as Augustus, a male stripper in "Magic Mike XXL."

The retired New York Giants defensive end, who spent his entire 15-year career loyal to the team, has scored a touchdown on the big screen, wowing the cast, including "Magic Mike XXL" co-star and longtime friend Adam Rodriguez.

"Oh my God! That was insane! Michael was amazing!" "Magic Mike XXL" co-star Adam Rodriguez told Latin Post in an exclusive interview. "I don't think anyone expected him to push the envelope as far as he did. He really came into play, and because of that, he fit right into the group instantly. I actually knew Michael before the movie, but he just came in and just clicked with everybody."

In "Magic Mike XXL" Jada Pinkett Smith plays Rome, "the impresario of a one-of-a-kind exotic entertainment palace." She employs Augustus who has a way with the ladies and uses his smooth dance moves and brute strength to literally lift them up to a new level.

"I was like 'this is not your first rodeo! You're too good at it!'" Pinkett Smith joked with Latin Post in an exclusive interview about Strahan's moves. "He was like 'no, this is my first time.' It was hilarious; it was so fun much fun! Let me tell you, he was up in there in those tight, little shorts like it was nothing, so you know! He wore them proudly." 

At the exotic entertainment palace, Strahan is joined by Donald Glover, starring as Andre, and "dancing phenom" Stephen 'tWitch' Boss as Malik and they all bring the house down in steamy Savannah, Georgia.

"I didn't know what to expect," Strahan said about making his feature film debut. "When I looked in the mirror, I didn't even know myself anymore. There were a whole bunch of hot women there, but the guys were stealing the show." 

With the presence of a professional athlete such as Strahan, Rodriguez compared the cast to a real 'sports' team.

"We are like a sports team in a way. Everybody is pushing for each other to succeed," he added. "There is no competition between us, it's only competition with ourselves to be our own best because we know that by being our best we know that we're going to make the team better and make a better movie. Michael gets that mentality, having been by being a pro athlete. I think the guys get that because we all played sports growing up. We know what it is to want to be on a winning team and to make a winning team."

It took little coaxing for Straham to strip for the film as he gave the green light a while back.

Three years ago, Channing Tatum appeared on "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" to promote "Magic Mike," which coincidentally was Strahan's first day hosting the show. Tatum asked Strahan if he'd be interested in stripping and he said he would. Tatum said if there would be a second movie, Strahan should be in it. Needless to say, he kept his word.

With his great sense of humor, Strahan hosted a "Magic Mike XXL" epic dance competition on ABC's "Good Morning America" and shared the news on Twitter.

"Magic Mike XXL" reunites Rodriguez, Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Gabriel Iglesias, the stars of the 2012 worldwide hit "Magic Mike."

The story line picks up three years after Mike gave up his life of stripping at a time when he was on fire in the industry. "Magic Mike XXL" finds the remaining Kings of Tampa also ready to turn in their thongs for a normal lifestyle.

They won't go down without some laughs, killer moves, and good times on the road with stops in Jacksonville and Savannah as they make their way down to Myrtle Beach for one last major gig, alongside the top headliner Magic Mike.

Joining the returning cast, in brand new roles, are Amber Heard ("The Rum Diary"), Glover ("Community"), Boss ("Step Up Revolution") and Strahan ("Live with Kelly and Michael"), with Andie MacDowell ("Footloose"), Elizabeth Banks ("The Hunger Games" franchise) and Pinkett Smith ("Gotham").

Check out the official trailer for "Magic Mike XXL," which hits theater on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

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