The actor donned a bejewelled white jumpsuit, a thick black wig, and a pair of sunglasses for the stunt, in which he welcomed guests into the elevator of an office building, and then practised his vocals.
Those who weren’t scared away by The King’s elaborate dance moves were taken to the top floor, where a full Vegas-style casino had been set up, complete with male strippers from the Magic Mike show.
One woman was serenaded by Channing, disguised as Elvis, with a rendition of Can’t Help Falling in Love, while he recruited another lady to help him try and memorise the words to Heartbreak Hotel.
They were then led into the surprise party, where Channing removed his wig to reveal his real identity to shocked employees.
“What the what?” exclaimed one fan, who couldn’t believe her eyes.
The stunt was filmed as part of a new initiative to raise funds for Bono’s AIDS charity, RED, via an Omaze.com raffle, through which one lucky fan and a guest will win a trip to Sin City to attend the premiere of Tatum’s Magic Mike Live show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in March, 2017.
The exotic male revue was inspired by Channing’s own stripper past, which he turned into a movie with the release of Magic Mike in 2012 and its 2015 sequel Magic Mike XXL.
Announcing the new show in May (16), he admitted he would not be appearing in the Vegas show, but he wouldn’t rule out a cameo.
“If I’m ever in shape enough to actually do the show again, I will absolutely step on stage, just because it’s fun,” Channing explained. “I’m sure there’ll be a lot of crazy cameos.”
The star recruited Magic Mike choreographers Alison Faulk and Teresa Espinosa to help create the moves for Magic Mike Live, which “will recreate the mythic Club Domina with a sizzling 360-degree dance and acrobatic strip tease spectacular, guaranteed to bring on the heat,” according to a press release.
In addition to Channing, the Magic Mike films also starred Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Nash.
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