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Photographer Tommy Wu On Creating A Real Life Magic Mike

Tommy Wu
Tommy Wu

'For me it was just like any other day of shooting...'

Pictured: Jay Landford (left) and Eric East | Photography by Tommy Wu

Los Angeles-based photographer Tommy Wu loves for his photography to evoke a cinematic feel -- which is why it makes sense that he his the mastermind behind a gritty, "hunkalicious," Magic Mike XXL-inspired photo shoot featuring a group amazing Los Angeles performers for Out.


The shoot, which took place at popular gay hangout Akbar in the Silverlake neighborhood, had some revealing moments that surely kept the crew on their toes, but it was all fun and play. "People might think Oh my god, what are you going to do with all the hot guys in one room," Wu says about the experience from shooting the guys on set, "For me it was just another day of shooting."

Formerly an engineer in Silicon Valley, Wu ditched the mechanical life in 2002. By 2004, he was finally working as a professional photographer. It wasn't until the end of 2011 that Wu and his husband, Alan, made the transition to the L.A.

Wu, who has always wanted to do fashion and commercial work has since seen the diversity of his photography projects grow. Men Over 50, a photo project produced by Wu with the help of his husband, has been featured three times by The Advocate. This photo shoot by Wu -- featuring Jay Landford, Stefan Pinto, Eric East, and Christopher Guara -- is meant to evoke a faux Channing Tatum-sexy, Magic Mike-typeaudition. Wu said that he decided to go with the theme from the star-studded film because of the presence it offers for an LGBT audience.

Magic Mike opens in theaters nationwide on July 1.


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