Channing Tatum and Magic Mike have made stripping kind of respectable. But who bared all before him? The most exhilaratingly tacky film about strippers ever made stars Elizabeth Berkley as Nomi Malone, the ambitious small-town girl whose frenzied thrusting takes her all the way to Las Vegas. Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas always claimed that the film was meant to be funny. Cristal Connors: I like nice tits. I always have, how about you? Nomi Malone: I like having nice tits.
Cristal Connors: How do you like having 'em? Nomi Malone: What do you mean? Cristal Connors: You know what I mean. Nomi Malone: I like having them in a nice dress, or a tight top. Eszterhas also took out a full-page ad for the film in Variety, addressed to "Women", and claiming that his film was standing up for the rights of abused dancers in Las Vegas. The director Paul Verhoeven, a Dutchman with a PhD in mathematics and physics and a dry sense of humour, seemed to suggest that the film was a satire.
When Showgirls won the Golden Raspberries for Worst Film and Worst Director, Verhoeven became the first director to actually show up and collect his awards.
But once the cameras started rolling she became rapidly disillusioned: "I was hanging up by a rope looking down going, 'Oh, my God, I've studied the classics. I want to do Greek theatre. I want to do Chekhov. What the f am I doing here? Berkley recently attended a screening of the film in Las Vegas, after many years of treating it as a shameful blotch on her CV.
Kyle McLaughlan, who played a floppy-haired entertainment mogul, tried to erase it from his memory:. The dancers of Las Vegas were also appalled by the film. The year after Showgirls made its debut, another misunderstood satire about the world of stripping bombed at the US box office. Striptease, based on a blackly comic novel by Carl Hiaasen, starred a year-old Demi Moore as an exotic dancer trying to win back custody of her child played by her real-life daughter, Rumer Willis in seamy South Florida.
In the year before the film came out, Moore was often spotted at topless bars and strip joints in Manhattan. A year after the film came out, an absent-minded Chicago schoolteacher showed the film to a class full of and year-olds, who chose the film from a selection of videotapes in his bag.
Sherika Young, 12, gave the following review: "It was disgusting. When they was all naked and stuff, I said, 'That's nasty. It was one of the unlikeliest global successes the British film industry had ever known: a film about laid-off Sheffield steelworkers who become strippers, whose biggest star was the little-known Robert Carlyle and whose stylistic touchstone was the work of Czech director Milos Forman, had no right to be a box-office hit.
The famous closing scene, in which the six leading men finally go "the full monty", was actually one of the first to be shot. Cattaneo had promised his actors that they'd only have to do what the script described as a "full-frontal naked star-jump" one time. The scene was staged as a live performance in front of extras, ordinary women from Sheffield who'd heard about it from fliers handed out in local clubs.
It's the classic stripper movie arc: a down-to-earth Midwestern gal in this case Christina Aguilera fights to stay grounded while she tries to make it in the bitchy world of exotic dancing. By all other accounts, including Cher's, the musical was a disaster. Cher placed the blame firmly at the door of writer-director Steve Antin, who was moved to write the film after watching Christina Aguilera performing as a guest vocalist with The Pussycat Dolls. And really terrible script.
I remember him saying to me, 'I don't care about what you say, I just want to shoot the dance numbers'. Had it been shorter, it would have squeaked by and been a really good popcorn movie. Magic Mike, the story of a group of male strippers, was loosely based on Channing Tatum's eight-month stint working at Male Encounter, a now-defunct strip club in Tampa, Florida.
Tatum, who was 18 years old at the time, performed under the name Chan Crawford. It was also one of the foundations of Matthew McConaughey's "McConaissance", thanks to the actor's flamboyant performance as Dallas, ambitious ringmaster of the boys' show. The film, which starred Mia Kirshner as a table-dancer who dresses as a schoolgirl, capturing the attention of a grieving tax auditor, was also screened at a gathering of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society.
Stephen Frears' film was based on the life of Laura Henderson, founder of the Windmill Theatre in Soho, which presented daring tableaux vivants of nude women in Thirties London, exploiting a loophole in the law which said that nude statues could not be banned on moral grounds.
Judi Dench, who played Henderson, met some of the women who'd modelled on the Windmill stage: "One of them, Miss Barry, is 91," she said, "and she takes a ballet class every morning. It's so glamorous. A mere three years after the giddy heights of Mean Girls, Lindsay Lohan's career took a turn for the worse with this preposterous thriller.
As in her breakthrough performance in The Parent Trap , Lohan took on the dual role of twins: in a mad twist, however, these twins were separated at birth.
One is called Aubrey Fleming, the other Dakota Moss: can you guess which is the stripper? The film, whose villain was a murderous piano teacher meting out revenge on pupils who wanted to give up the instrument, won eight Golden Raspberry awards.
Lohan, who was struggling with personal problems at the time, frequently failed to show up for work, resulting in extensive use of a body double. A hit at Sundance in , Jill Soloway's second film is a comedy-drama about an LA housewife Kathryn Hahn who becomes obsessed with the idea of rescuing the stripper Juno Temple, daughter of director Julien who gave her a lapdance, eventually inviting to move in with her and her family.
Soloway, who created the Amazon Prime series Transparent, says the story was inspired by her own "ironic" visit to a strip club, during which she was gripped by the idea of saving the strippers who worked there.
As she researched the subject, Soloway discovered that her knight-in-shining-armour impulse was not uncommon: this type of client is known to strippers as "Captain Save-A-Ho". The life of early striptease star Gypsy Rose Lee was the basis for the stage musical which was adapted three years later for the big screen with Natalie Wood in the lead.
But Rosalind Russell, who starred as Gypsy's fearsome stage mother Rose, had her vocals partially dubbed by Lisa Kirk. Ethel Merman, who played Mama Rose in the original Broadway production, was furious at having been overlooked for the film version.
For years a rumour circulated that Merman had got hold of Russell's original recordings for the part, and listened to them with friends at parties, but this piece of gossip was never confirmed by anyone close to the actress. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future.
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