“Magic Mike” is even now impacting co-star Adam Rodriguez almost a decade later on.

Rodriguez, who played Tito in the strike 2012 motion picture opposite Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello, is serving as a mentor/decide in “Finding Magic Mike,” an HBO Max truth sequence produced by Tatum and Steven Soderbergh in which day to day men contend to “find their magic” and go by way of an powerful “boot camp” involving dancing for the grand prize.

“When I was signing on to do a element as a male stripper, I could never ever have imagined that what we all collectively made would conclude up becoming a thing that was going to aid people in the way that it has,” stated Rodriguez, 46, who co-stars on CBS’ “CSI: Miami.”

“The movies transformed the dialogue on some level,” he stated. “A lot of individuals could seem at it like it is just about … acquiring these sorts of bodies that every person appears to have now. And I worked hard for it and I totally salute that. But I believe on a deeper level, the flicks definitely did one thing that no one envisioned them to do, and that was the genius of it.

“This show carries that forward in a significantly less abstract way. Persons are heading to get all of the factors they are showing up to count on — half-naked guys dancing and making an attempt to continue to be on their feet — but there’s so significantly far more: the heart, the laughter, the triumph, the emotion of seeing fellas you think are likely to are unsuccessful [turn out to] gain. It is just fantastic.”

Adam Rodriguez (left), Channing Tatum, and Matt Bomer (appropriate) in “Magic Mike”
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Along the way, the contestants get particular in front of the cameras and with every single other, these kinds of as just one competitor who shares that he has difficulty initiating intimacy with his girlfriend — and is seeking to obtain that self confidence by way of partaking in “Finding Magic Mike.” An additional contestant, who’s a previous Olympic hopeful, confesses that his life feels aimless now that he’s retired.

Adam Rodriguez stands in a room looking pensive.
Adam Rodriguez mentors contestants in “Finding Magic Mike”

Rodriguez also co-starred in the 2015 sequel “Magic Mike XXL” , about a group of male strippers in Florida (reportedly centered on Tatum’s lifestyle).

“I definitely grew from the knowledge of undertaking each films — the brotherhood that was formed and the way we supported and lifted each and every other up,” he stated. “I was excited to consider what I learned and deliver it to this present and enable these men find all those things for by themselves.” 

Shirtless men stand in a row dancing outside under purple stage lights.
Contestants find out dance routines, compete for a cash prize and look for to “find their magic” on the “Magic Mike” influenced fact opposition collection “Finding Magic Mike.”

Between the a lot of classes that he acquired was obtaining cozy with vulnerability, he explained.

“To get up and understand how to dance — which is a thing I experienced hardly ever been trained to do, and to do that in a G-string in entrance of the world, you have to make your self alright with men and women laughing at you or remaining billed up by you. I experienced never ever been in any other problem in which I felt that kind of pressure, but also the energy in embracing it and living up to it. I imagine all of our guys in this exhibit managed to uncover those people identical issues with the worries they have been introduced with. It manufactured me a better particular person, for positive.

Adam Rodriguez sits on stage talking.
Adam Rodriguez sits with the choreographers and talks contestants as a result of a dilemma on “Finding Magic Mike.”

“We want to do a present that carries on the ethos of what the movies ended up about — which was seriously pushing previous what has turn into poisonous masculinity more than the many years, and so normalized that I’m positive for some persons, hearing that it is toxic is challenging to even realize,” he mentioned. “Without beating up folks for it, we just preferred to inspire fellas to be Ok with becoming much more susceptible, and accepting the actuality that they may well not have all the solutions, and there are various methods to find them. This levels of competition present and the worries that get offered are, in some compact way, an possibility for these guys to discover a thing they both felt they shed, or to discover pieces of themselves that they under no circumstances knew existed. Of training course, of all things, via male stripping! The irony was normally amusing to commence with.” 

A man and a woman dance onstage, bent over.
Contestant Nate Bryan does a dance routine on the “Magic Mike” inspired actuality collection, “Finding Magic Mike.”

A 3rd and remaining “Magic Mike” movie was declared in November, but Rodriguez said he will not appear in it.

“No, that’s likely to be a new crop of faces, other than Chan [Tatum],” he mentioned. “The old crew have been permitted to get a rest — which I’m half-upset about and half pleased about. I could have made use of the excuse to get in condition right now! But, I’m energized to see what the guys put out and the place they choose the tale.”