The Infamous Billy The Kidd Discusses A Return To Stripping And The "More Channing Tatum" Talk Surrounding G.I. JOE: RETALIATION With MAGIC MIKE Star Channing Tatum!!
Up until earlier this year, I'd be lying if I proclaimed myself a Channing Tatum fan. SHE'S THE MAN, STEP UP, STOP-LOSS, FIGHTING, G.I. JOE and DEAR JOHN aren't exactly the easiest films to establish yourself with, but then again, everyone has to start somewhere. With HAYWIRE and 21 JUMP STREET, a far more charismatic and a definitely less wooden Channing Tatum arrived on the scene, and, adding in his performance as the titular character in MAGIC MIKE, he may have turned over a new leaf as far as his acting goes, with each performance now showing improvement.
What you see in-person with Tatum is quite similar to the character he displays in MAGIC MIKE. He's got a lot of personality ready to be unleashed, which is something we haven't gotten used to seeing in films like THE VOW, where his good looks are relied upon to carry favor with the ladies who come to see his films. He's been able to get by on his appearance for now, but with range being developed in his acting, he's become someone to keep an eye on rather than someone you may have been less than enthusiastic about when you see they're involved in a movie. 2012 seems like the year the perception of Channing Tatum has begun to shift dramatically.
I got to sit down with Tatum for just a couple of minutes at the beginning of the MAGIC MIKE press tour to talk about the film, and try to get some knowledge from him as to what's really going on with G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. Our time was short yet sweet, so enjoy...
The Infamous Billy the Kidd - So, is the stripping and dancing like riding a bike? Because you did this when you were younger and now when you hit the stage, does it just come back to you? Do you get the feel for it again?
Channing Tatum - Dancing? Yeah, I mean, I’ve always danced. I mean, I’ve danced since I was a kid. I think my mom even tells a story that...she took me to see BREAKIN’ and like... I was a kid, man, I was young-young. I must have been like nine years old or even younger than that and she said that I dropped down in the middle of the aisle and started trying to do a headspin. And I wouldn’t stop, and everyone was crowding around and cheering me on and stuff, so I’ve always loved dancing, I really have. This dancing is a little... a little different. You’re doing it kind of on someone, so it’s a little more strange. I remember right before I went to do my first... Matt Bomer went first. Like, of all the dancers, he went up first, and I was nervous for him, because you’re in front of 250 women. He’s never done anything like this, and I’ve been the only one... and I was nervous, every single time I went out, so it’s not quite like riding a bike, but the dance moves are there. You just sort of have to get it back into the like...
The Kidd - Into the groove.
Channing Tatum - Yeah, and just be like, “Well, doing this again. This is so stupid, why am I doing this?”
The Kidd - Magic Mike has sort of this long term plan that the stripping is kind of a means to an end, to get the the dream, to what he wants to really do. In your experience, when you did this, before you became and actor and dancer and what not, how many guys who are in the business kind of see it that way, or how many kind of just get sucked in like, "This is what I’m doing"? It’s kind of a stuck position as opposed to someone who’s stripping their way through college or to...
Channing Tatum - Yeah... I don’t know, I think it’s different for everyone. I think the guys that came before me... I think stripping was bigger, like the dawn of Chippendales, in the 80s and 90s. People probably did it back then thinking it was going to be a full career, like they were going to do it for the rest of their lives. I think my generation is sort of... I did it like eight months, at max, maybe even shorter. I never thought I was going to do it for very long, it was just a crazy time. I was 18 years of age and I was just like, "That sounds like the craziest thing I can go and find to do." And I did it, and it was never going to be what I was going to do forever, and... I enjoyed it, I’m not gonna lie. It was an insane time in my life, and I got to do it, but I’m glad I got out. I’m glad I got to sort of... Because I know a lot of guys that, you know, they didn’t know what to do with their lives. A lot, like you do, you get out of college and even you’re like, “Okay, I got this degree, I don’t even really know what to do with it.” Or you don’t go to college, and you’re like, “What do I do now?” So you’re like working a construction job or something, and then you’re like, "Okay, maybe I’ll make a little extra money for two hours a night, and go home." So it never was for me... never a future.
The Kidd - Because I know this is kind of really out there right now, is dealing with G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, which I think you’d agree would be kind of strange... is kind of strange because of how close to release date the studio then kind of pulled it.
Channing Tatum - Yeah, completely.
The Kidd - The running joke, I guess, is now that any film that gets delayed is to add more 3D and more Channing Tatum. So I just kind of wanted to know, at least going in, there’s been talks of doing some reshoots with your character more in it and adding the 3D. [Channing laughs] What is kind of going on with G.I. JOE: RETALIATION?
Channing Tatum - This is the honest truth. They haven’t even called me for anything yet, so I know that people are sending me the articles and stuff. I haven’t heard a peep from them. I did one little reshoot that was added onto the beginning of the movie. I haven’t heard... nothing. So, I’m sort of in the dark. I wish I knew more, to be totally honest, just because it’s something that helped my career in the beginning, so I’m interested to know what they’re doing with it. I haven’t seen the movie, so when I got the thing, like, the internet thing, I was just like, “What? This it the weirdest.” I don’t know.
The Kidd - It is very bizarre. It was literally like a month out and all of a sudden they’re like "Next year."
Channing Tatum - Yeah, because I was like, “What?” This was coming out on the same weekend, and that was weird, so I don’t know if that was better or worse, but then TED moved onto our date and I was like, "Damn it, that’s not what I want to move on our date," because I kinda wanted to see TED. So now I’m not seeing it. Sorry, Mark.
The Kidd - Thank you very much.
Channing Tatum - Cool, man.
After we were forced to wrap, Tatum was genuinely interested in my thoughts on the film, curious as to how it played for me since, as a straight guy, I'm not really their target audience. I think we've yet to see the best of Channing Tatum in films, but, between 21 JUMP STREET and MAGIC MIKE, it's a start. If he can bring this likeable charm to screens that he has in-person (and it is starting to show a whole lot more lately), he'll continue to grow as an actor... one who is only getting better.
MAGIC MIKE opens this Friday, June 29.
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June 27, 2012, 2:45 a.m. CST
by Rasmus Starup Petersen
There I said it...
June 27, 2012, 3:07 a.m. CST
June 27, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST
while it was being transcribed into braille..... badda bing!!
June 27, 2012, 3:14 a.m. CST
by The Infamous Billy The Kidd
Well played, sir.
June 27, 2012, 3:15 a.m. CST
June 27, 2012, 3:27 a.m. CST
by Rasmus Starup Petersen
Then again, so would a film with female strippers.
June 27, 2012, 3:33 a.m. CST
I mean I could see 5 min but 2 is just a tease. I know they have to get the people in and out of there but that's just crazy.
June 27, 2012, 3:38 a.m. CST
by Balkin Flabgurter
June 27, 2012, 3:45 a.m. CST
Holy Tatum Batman! When the fuck did this become TatumCoolNews.com? Hurricane Channing is sadly becoming an un-killable 3-D F5 category cluster-fuck mindlessly tornado-raping this site with the ferocity of Christian Bale shoved up Brian Cox's ass. Directed by Channing Tatum.
June 27, 2012, 4:18 a.m. CST
How many times did Channing Tatum look at his watch while you were stammering out run-on sentences that trailed into ellipses without asking a question?
June 27, 2012, 4:56 a.m. CST
"He's got a lot of personality ready to be unleashed... something we haven't [seen] in films". That's right. Because he's just a normal man... who's shit at acting!
I'm sure many people could be regarded as full of personality, but if they're not actors, or have no ability for acting then their personality, their charisma probably wouldn't be obvious in a movie!!! Does that really need to be explained?!?! Why, fucking why, does Hollywood decide to try and make a star out of people who have only two traits; being relatively young and are relatively good looking? I mean come, are we as an audience really so dumb, so insistent on young actors? Do we really need to see 'pretty people' to be able to watch a movie? It's incredibly insulting. Not to mention absolutely ruining part of the industry. I'm sure every single person on the planet would say their favourite actors are that because of the films they've been in, along with the performances they've given. No one, absolutely no one would ever say their favourite actor is that because the person is young and good looking. It's a tiny, tiny bit more understandable that young, fit, pretty actresses are in movies, because their roles are usually so weak, so poorly written, co-starring women are there for the cliche "sex-sells" element of male human nature. The majority of movies, the ones that don't require women except to demonstrate a more 'realistic world' (ie. the hero's wife, the star's girlfriend, the macho guy's sex partner, the lover's love interest, etc) understandably jump at the opportunity to fill the role with attractive young women. But when it comes to male actors, does the audience really need to find these guys attractive!?!? So-called 'actors' like Tatum continue to demonstrate how incredibly sad, how unbelievably talentless some of the people working in that industry are (for even giving people like him a chance) and how insanely shallow that industry is. We get it... the industry shits out movies to make money. That's all that matters. That drives everything this sad industry does. We all understand that. Occasionally we're lucky enough to enjoy the odd film thrown together at great expense. But let's grow up, let's start treating audiences with the tiniest amount of intelligence and taste, and let's fucking get rid of cunts like Tatum and give these roles to one of the (probable) thousands of unknown, talented actors!!!!
June 27, 2012, 6:45 a.m. CST
the guy is 32. he says ''like'' way too much. he is not smart.
June 27, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST
and he's probably quite a humorous person to be around. certainly made me laugh in jump street, but theres something to be said for stereotypes.
June 27, 2012, 6:51 a.m. CST
the less ugly people on screen the better. unless they're evil characters, then its stereotypically accurate because ugly people tend to be evil because they're jealous of all the hot ass that good looking people are giving to each other.
June 27, 2012, 6:58 a.m. CST
June 27, 2012, 6:59 a.m. CST
June 27, 2012, 7:01 a.m. CST
Ryan Reynolds CONFIRMED for highlander. Guess they listened to the feedback, huh? Balls.
June 27, 2012, 7:26 a.m. CST
They jealous and they be hatin'. "Fuck you, you're good looking and I'm not. I drink Coke all day looooong. Why am I not pretty like the people that drink Coke on tv? It's not fair. I pay a lot of money to buy things that should make me popular because the good looking people drink it while great music plays and all the girls in the commercials want to fuck them, so why not me? I even pray to Jesus because he's absolutely real and he gives a shit about me. That's what my pastor told me and he knows everything, even how to make pure as white Jesus juice come out of my pee-pee. It makes me feel good."
June 27, 2012, 7:30 a.m. CST
I'm ugly. Why you be hatin'?
June 27, 2012, 7:31 a.m. CST
Tatum was so wrong for the part as Joe's First Shirt (1st Sargeant) being too young, dumb and full of dung. Actually, i would have prefer Neil Mcdonough or Aaaron Eckhart instead. Then again Rise of Cobra had other major problems such as bad Acting, silly plot,cheesy dialogue and laughable costume design. I was hoping that Retaliation would correct the flaws from the first film but after Zarles' review based on the screener, it's a false dawn. More Retardation than Retaliation.
June 27, 2012, 7:32 a.m. CST
June 27, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST
by Atticus Finch
because he's probably the only straight guy in America who will see it without being forced to.
June 27, 2012, 7:57 a.m. CST
It's got enough Channing Tatum-tots.
June 27, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST
Da-da-dadada-da-da-da-Channing, da-da-dadada-da-da-da-Tatum, Channing Tatum, Channing Tatum, polka-dot, polka-dot, polka-dot Channing!
June 27, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST
A lot of truth abounding there. Cheers!!
June 27, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST
...seriously though, I liked this movie when it was called Showgirls. Long live the Verhoven!
June 27, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST
June 27, 2012, 9:51 a.m. CST
...any time you call... gi joe is there......... the channing tatum sounds like a fast food happy meal in russian. shots of vodka for my horses, shirley temples for my men
June 27, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST
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June 27, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST
by Christian Sylvain
Bruce Lee: "You must learn the art of acting, without acting" Channing Tatum: "The art of acting without acting? Show me some of it." Bruce: "Don't you think we need more room?" Channing: "Where else?" Bruce: "That city, past the 'Hollywood' sign. We can take this cab....."
June 27, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST
don't say 'like' more than once in any of your sentences for a whole day.
June 27, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST
Sonic should sell those.
June 27, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST
June 27, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST
by andy kaufman
magic mike a movie based on the life of hollywoods most bland actor.
June 27, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST
by Atticus Finch
a piece of wood earns its splinters.
June 27, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST
June 28, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST
Needs more Channing Tatum!
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