Steven Soderbergh gazed upon his well-built "Magic Mike" cast at the film's Los Angeles premiere on Sunday and extolled their bravery.
What acts of bravery, you ask? Why, manscaping, thongs, choreography and what will surely be hours of revealing DVD extras.
But those are the breaks for Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash and Alex Pettyfer.
"This move is shown in 'guyMAX,' " the director said with a laugh in his opening remarks.
It certainly set a tone for the evening. Three theaters' worth of Los Angeles Film Festival-goers packed into Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live, where "Mike" served as the closing-night presentation.
A courtyard away at Club Nokia, an after-party awaited with nary a swinging Tarzan or sexy surgeon in sight — just the filmmakers toasting their efforts like a family. Or, in this case, like a fraternity.
Tatum held court in the lofty VIP enclave with bride Jenna Dewan as seemlingly endless folks buzzed in to compliment his dance moves (of which the film has plenty) while McConaughey happily sipped Champagne with his new bride and longtime love, Camila Alves.
Manganiello snacked on Wolfgang Puck-catered hors d'oeuvres while Pettyfer stuck close to Soderbergh and Soderbergh's wife, Jules Asner, who in a cute fringed skirt waved to "Mike" newcomer Cody Horn.
Olivia Munn, repping the "Mike" ladies, turned heads in a black Dolce & Gabbana gown, speaking at length with the film's easy-on-the-eyes producer Reid Carolin and her beau, "Killing" star Joel Kinnaman.
Awaiting guests upon exit were dishes of electric-blue fortune cookies, inspired by the neon lights beating down on all that male flesh in "Mike." But who needs luck when you have magic?