ByMeghann Elisa, writer at Creators.co
'Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?'
Meghann Elisa

The cast of sexy stripper comedy Magic Mike are known for their buff bodies and manly moves, but they weren't always smoking hot heartthrobs with six-packs. Whether performing in school plays or simply going to high school, every one of these Hollywood hunks had to start out somewhere.

Some of them were super cute, others not so much, but either way, you wouldn't have believed they would turn into the sexy celebs they are today. Here's a look at the boys long before they became our favorite saucy strippers on Magic Mike.

1. Channing Tatum – Michael 'Magic Mike' Lane

Channing started out as a sportsman, taking part in football, soccer, track, baseball and martial arts when he was at school. After graduating he used his dancing skills to get work as a stripper, and his experiences were actually the inspiration for Magic Mike.

2. Alex Pettyfer – Adam 'The Kid'

Alex had already started acting by the age of six when he did his very first commercial. At school, he performed in several plays including a starring role as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

3. Matt Bomer – Ken

Matt first started acting with classmate and fellow future actor, Lee Pace, at Houston's Alley Theatre, a non-profit theatre company.

4. Joe Manganiello – Big Dick Richie

Joe won the role of Jud Fry in his school's senior year production of Oklahoma! and was also involved the school's TV studio. As a keen producer, he first became interested in acting only to improve his filmmaking skills.

5. Matthew McConaughey – Dallas

A young football star, Matthew went on to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in radio, television and film. He slowly moved into acting by scoring gigs in TV commercials and music videos.

Who do you think had the biggest transformation?

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