Salma Hayek talks 5-minute lap dance scene in ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’: ‘I was so sore’

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A starring role in “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” was no walk in the park for Salma Hayek.

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Hayek told PEOPLE a five-minute lap dance scene with co-star Channing Tatum has become the movie’s most talked about portion.

“Every single person that’s seen the movie talks first and mostly about that scene, which it’s a surprise for me. But I’m glad because it works for the story of the movie,” Hayek said.

The “Frida” actress revealed she isn’t much for fitness so all the choreography involved was “challenging.”

"Most of the work goes into making it look effortless," Hayek said. "After the first rehearsal I was sore because I'm not in shape and it's not movement you're used to. So I was sore. It was technical: You've got to make sure you don't poke his eye with a stiletto or knock him out or he doesn't drop me. He kept telling me he was 'very strong, don't worry,' but still you've got to hold on a little bit with the arms or the legs."

A particular move proved a bit too difficult and ended up not making the film.

“I was supposed to do something and I didn’t do it and it was crucial, and he almost dropped me to the ground. He caught me like a millimeter before my head, because I was upside down, hit the floor. We got rid of that one,” she said.

Although Hayek was “nervous” pulling off all the moves she had a “blast” getting them down.

“Magic Mike’s Last Dance” is in theaters now.

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