Alex sat down with American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis for the writer's B.E.E. Podcast to talk about his career, including his time spent on the stripper drama Magic Mike. As you may remember, Alex wasn't asked to return for the sequel Magic Mike XXL, despite having a large role in the first flick. Why was that the case? It may have to do with the fact that Alex made celebrity bae Channing really, really mad.
Alex told the podcast that the awkwardness between the actors began after he rented an apartment from one of Channing's friends. Alex had to leave the place after a few months, claiming that the place he had rented had mold and dust that was making him ill. Around the same time, Alex's cousin passed away, putting him in a bad place emotionally. Alex told the podcast that Channing went to bat for his friend via e-mail, and that back then, it really rubbed Alex the wrong way:
All of a sudden I got a very negative email from Channing, rightfully so, saying, 'Don't fuck my friends. You owe money. Pay the fucking money. Don't be a clown.' And I really took that the wrong way, which I shouldn't have. And emailed him back saying, 'I'm in a negative headspace, can you respect me for a moment?' And I just got hounded through this time of grieving for money.
Unfortunately, the tension between the actors clouded Alex's perspective on the film. Alex claimed that he felt "nervous" and "afraid to be [himself]" during filming, and that his behavior made people think he was standoffish and stuck up - definitely not things that you want your co-workers to think of you as.
Looking back on things now, Alex admits that he was the one who made the bad decision to leave the apartment and can see where he was wrong - but I doubt that means that him and Channing will be buddy-buddy anytime soon. At least not buddy-buddy in the same way that Channing is with this puppy:Sigh. Can't these onscreen strippers just get along?