Matthew McConaughey, 42, has had such a reputation for his laid-back, live-and-let-live personality that he has come to make fun of it himself in productions like Failure to Launch and Eastbound & Down. And now McConaughey is opening up about his gay fan base, in relation to his new role as a male stripper in Steven Soderberg's upcoming Magic Mike, which costars fellow hotties Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street, The Vow), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four, Beastly), Matt Bomer (White Collar), and Joe Manganiello (True Blood, What to Expect When You're Expecting).

"It's much appreciated," McConaughey said about his loyal gay following, reports The Advocate. "When it comes to gay, straight, or whatever, I'm for anything life-affirmative. I'm for gay power, straight power, male power, female power; everybody should feel empowered without oppressing anyone who's different."

And if McConaughey's children with fiancee Camila Alves, Levi, 3, and Vida, 1, later came out to him as gay, McConaughey would have the same reaction. "There's nothing in me that can understand disowning your child because they're gay. You deal with it, you support them, and you also help prepare them for how some people in the world will treat and think of them."

As for his role in Magic Mike, McConaughey swears that what you see in the film is what you get. "That's all me up there," McConaughey assured of his stripping scenes. "I don't need a stunt a–."

Catch Magic Mike out in theaters beginning June 29.

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