It’s not every day you see actors like Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello riding in a Rolls Royce on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.
The stars were in town Tuesday to film the final scenes from the upcoming feature film, “Magic Mike XXL,” which is about a road trip from Tampa to Myrtle Beach for a stripper convention.
Extras, many wearing American flag-patterned summer clothes, started lining up at Boardwalk Resort before 7 a.m. to check in for their chance to be in the film.
A sign at Boardwalk Resort read “Welcome Stripper Con Happy 4th.”
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The filming caused quite a buzz along the Boulevard, with crowds of onlookers snapping photos and hoping for a glimpse at the movie’s stars.
Becky Edwards, who was in town from West Virginia to celebrate her birthday, said her annual trip already was booked before she heard the “Magic Mike” actors would be in town. But, as a fan of the first movie, she decided to head to Ocean Boulevard for a chance to catch a glimpse of the actors.
“I wanted to see Channing Tatum,” she said.
And she did, letting out a squeal and a giggle when he first appeared in set with the other actors.
“It’s just unexpected,” Kelly Ubbens said, Edwards’ sister. “I didn’t think we’d really see him.”
What went through her mind when she saw Tatum in real life?
“I don’t think I can say what I was thinking,” she said.
Cast members and extras filmed a few scenes at Boardwalk Resort on Tuesday morning – one of the actors driving up to the hotel in the Rolls Royce, one of Tatum and other cast members walking from the front of the building and at least one pool scene.
Around 11 a.m. they moved to downtown Myrtle Beach, where cast members drove down Ocean Boulevard after crews dressed up one of the Ocean Boulevard arcades with July Fourth decorations.
Extras were held between scenes at Club Karma, where a crowd of onlookers gathered Tuesday afternoon - cameras in hand - hoping for a chance to see the movie’s stars.
Karma owner Larry Frakes said movie representatives contacted him looking for a place that could hold 200 people.
“It’s a great thing that Myrtle Beach is getting this type of exposure,” he said. “And if, when they’re filming at the park, you can see the Karma sign, I’m OK with that.”
The movie sequel mostly was filmed on private property in Savannah. The original film starred Tatum, Manganiello, Bomer, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer.
Agents cast about 200 extras who are playing characters ranging from tourists to pool party participants to hotel valets, according to the Magic Mike extras Facebook page.
Filming was originally scheduled to continue Wednesday, but wrapped up Tuesday night at Plyler Park, said Chad Darnell, the casting director.
Crews filmed scenes along Ocean Boulevard, the boardwalk around the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and at Plyler Park.
Crews also were in Myrtle Beach during the Labor Day weekend to film some aerial footage as well as shots at 2nd Avenue Pier and Pier 14 while the beach was busy.
The movie is the latest in a list of projects to be shot along the Grand Strand, including TLC’s “Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor,” CMT’s“Party Down South” and HBO’s “Eastbound and Down.”
The uptick in filming requests also caused Myrtle Beach City Council to pass first reading of an ordinance last week that allows city staff to approve special events instead of having to go through council.
“Magic Mike XXL” is expected to hit theaters in July.