While Magic Mike isn't bringing in the crowds thanks to the main character's dream of making it as a custom furniture designer, we found this storyline a charming sidebar in the life of Channing Tatum's stripper character. In the film, the audience is introduced to Mike's furniture designs early in the film, when one of his hookups asks about a coffee table (shown below) that Mike has built. While it's impressive that Mike's such an entrepreneur, here are four reasons why his furniture design dreams may never become a career reality.
- He knows furniture design — kind of. To really succeed in your chosen career, any artist or designer should have a thorough understanding of the history and important figures and designs. In the film, Mike picks up a chair from a dinette set and asks if it's a Heywood-Wakefield or Russel Wright design. The chair is a knockoff, but any reputable designer should've been able to spot that before checking the underside of the chair. While Mike may know a bit about 20th century furniture design, he may want to take one less shift stripping and spend it in a design class instead.
- He's into green design, but he doesn't do anything great with it. Mike sources his furniture from salvaged or discovered wood or metal he finds — including on the beach after a hurricane. However, to really make salvaged pieces work, they have to be transformed, not simply covered with a round piece of glass.
- He isn't building his business in a smart way. Mike seems to believe that if he can't get a loan to launch his business, his dream will die. What about displaying pieces at a local gallery or furniture store? It seems like some Tampa tourists may love to snap up some of his pieces.
- James Franco doesn't believe in him. In a Huffington Post column, Franco wrote, "Sadly, his furniture designs are not so great." If Franco doesn't believe in you, you might as well give up. We kid — but Franco has a point. Magic Mike's designs aren't particularly attractive or marketable.
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