The original Magic Mike film, from 2012, was notorious for the amount of hot men it featured – all placed in the exciting world of male stripping. One of those men was Alex Pettyfer – but he wasn’t back for the 2015 sequel, Magic Mike XXL.

In a new Instagram post, Alex jokes about a possible reason for not being in the sequel, and it involves his belly… and a thong.

Alex Pettyfer
Photo: Instagram

Magic Mike was based on the real life experiences of Channing Tatum who worked as a stripper before becoming an actor. Other than Tatum, the film starred Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer.

The men – Alex included – took part in several impressive dancing and stripping routines. Some of the cast was back for the sequel – but Alex was missing…

Yesterday, Alex took to Instagram to show the movie’s poster, wondering whether… wait for it… he has “a belly” in the poster.

Is it me or do I have a belly in this poster 🤔 That’s why I wasn’t asked back for MMXL

He also added a hashtag saying “I think one movie in a thong is enough”.

Now, when contemplating the belly issue, just keep in mind that Alex looked like THAT in the movie:

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Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey [Photo: Warner Bros.]
And that’s what he looked like during his stripping performance:

So, rest assured Alex, there was no belly (though, according to Yahoo News, there was a feud with Channing Tatum). And just in case you were wondering – all these years later (Alex is 27-years-old now) – there’s still no belly…