Reuters – From playing the villainous, manipulative Fish Mooney on Fox’s Batman origins TV series “Gotham” to an empowering erotic club owner in “Magic Mike XXL,” Jada Pinkett Smith is no stranger to taking on strong female characters on screen.
Smith, the feminist force in “XXL,” said she thinks the film will help reinvent male entertainment.
“Somebody brought up a really good point that usually male strippers would be dressed up as police officers, fireman, so [male entertainment] it has this very authoritative feel, this feel of authority, instead of really getting to understand what are those desires and those fantasies that women want to kind of explore with their imagination? So you would hope that maybe strip clubs would get more on that page.”
As for what her husband, actor Will Smith, thinks of her being surrounded by hordes of nearly naked men, including Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello, Pinkett Smith says he couldn’t be more supportive, although he hadn’t seen the film yet.
“Magic Mike XXL” is now in North American theaters and is expected to earn more than 30 million dollars in its first weekend.