‘Magic Mike’ and Other Characters Who Shouldn’t Quit Their Day Jobs

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Magic MikeThis weekend, Magic Mike braves theaters telling a story of a small-town stripper who just wanted to make tables. Yeah, that’s the case at hand. The ab-solutely wonderful Channing Tatum plays an exotic dancer with a passion for creating furniture. And while tables are important — odds are, you’re using one of them right now! — this isn’t exactly the kind of “shoot for your dreams” subplot you’d usually find in a Hollywood film.

But then again, Magic Mike‘s hero isn’t the only movie character with a bizarre secret fantasy. We’ve compiled a gallery of a few hopeful dreamers whose lifelong ambitions are just a bit of a stray from the usual “I just gotta dance!” situation. Check out the pics, and then let us know: what is your strange secret dream?

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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