McConaughey on Trusting His ‘Magic Mike’ Thong

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(CNN) — Matthew McConaughey has never been shy about taking his shirt off on camera, but the actor’s skimpy “Magic Mike” costume left even less to the imagination.

The 43-year-old, who plays a male stripper in Steven Soderbergh’s “Magic Mike,” told The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s a huge leap of faith to trust a thong.”

“It’s your only protection up on stage,” McConaughey said of the small piece of fabric. “When I first tried it on, my body contorted. And I tried to get myself into every position to see what angles I was covered.”

The newlywed’s trust issues might stem from a wardrobe malfunction he experienced on set.

He and other cast members recalled the women in one scene getting so worked up, they actually rushed the stage and ripped off McConaughey’s thong.

Soderbergh said the actor practically dared the ladies to do it.

Tatum, whose real-life experience as a stripper inspired the flick, says the thong is your friend.

“If everyone is dressed in a thong pretty much any conversation is going to be funny,” he said. “It’s only weird if you make it weird.”

“Magic Mike” hits theaters on Friday.