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    Here's How J.Lo Learned To Pole Dance For Her "Hustlers" Role In Just Six Weeks

    It's not all glam.

    For many actors, stepping into a new movie role requires months of psychological, emotional, AND physical preparation.

    In her latest video, Jennifer Lopez shows just how far she went to step into her latest role as Ramona, the strip club matriarch in Hustlers.

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    Hustlers is a film about a group of strip club dancers in New York City who began drugging, and then stealing from, their Wall Street clients. It's out in theaters on Sept. 13.

    The video begins four months before production, with J.Lo meeting Johanna Sapakie, the pole choreographer who'll be training her in the upcoming months.

    Sapakie starts J.Lo out with some basic moves, which she nails with disturbing ease.

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    As a mere mortal, I can only imagine how many minutes of contemplation I'd need to even begin to understand the instructions.

    She pushes through some of the tougher moves, revealing the awkward moments of training all dancers inevitably go through.

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    "It's rough on your body. It's real acrobatics," J.Lo says.

    Next, J.Lo points to the bruising and redness her rigorous training inflicts on her legs. "This is just as hard as anything I’ve ever learned. It might be the hardest," she says. "I've never been bruised like this for anything I’ve done."

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    "Every pole girl under the sun knows that look right there," Patakie reassures her.

    At one point, J.Lo FaceTimes her fiancé, Alex Rodriguez, to tell him she learned how to get upside down on the pole.

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    IMO, he wasn't as enthused as anyone should have been to learn their partner is learning to pole dance.

    All the training looks extremely labor-intensive 😱. "Cardi was telling me it took her years to figure out all this stuff," says J.Lo. "And Johanna's trying to teach me in a matter of six weeks."

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    And according to J.Lo, the dance rehearsals were just step one in the more holistic preparation she wanted to do to get into character and truly inhabit the body of a stripper who can smooth-talk and -move her way into rich men's wallets.

    Also, holy crap, can we take a moment to appreciate the monster heels she's doing all this training in?!

    After countless warm-ups and dress rehearsals, J.Lo gets onstage for the cameras. And yep, she kills it.

    Me right now:

    Check out the full "How I mastered the Pole Dance" BTS Hustlers video here.

    View this video on YouTube

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    You can also follow Johanna Sapakie on Instagram here.

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