As many of you know by now, Channing Tatum was well versed in the art of stripping before he became an actor and in his upcoming film ‘Magic Mike,’ directed by Steven Soderbergh, he revisits his days of stripping, partying, picking up women and earning easy money on the big screen.
Tatum covered the June/July Issue of ‘Out’ Magazine where he gives readers an insight into the film, his past experiences as a stripper (he began at 19), his film career and more. Tatum also shows off his ‘Complete Package’ in his spread where he shows off his personality in the black and white shots while wearing Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Gucci and more.
‘Magic Mike’ hits cinemas June 29th.
On ‘Magic Mike’: “It’s risky. People say that women and the gay community will go see it – knock on wood – but I know straight guys won’t be like, ‘Yo, what’s up man – you wanna go see the stripping movie after the game tonight?’ I doubt they’ll have the balls to see it. What’s funny is that the girls don’t ask me questions about my stripping days, but straight guys want to know everything. It’s that fantasy element. It’s probably why a lot of females on Halloween are the whorey version of a ketchup bottle, or slutty nurse, which I love and respect – it’s liberating.”
On his acting career: “I’ve been acting for eight years now, and I feel I’m just starting to understand things. As soon as you think you’re the sh–, you’ll find 100 people that will point at you and laugh. I don’t ever want to be that person – I want to keep finding people I can learn from. That’s my entire journey in life.”
On his role in ’21 Jump Street’: “Jonah actually called me to do it.” “He said, ‘You can do this,’ and I said, ‘Are you sure? You gotta tell me that you’re sure.’ Nobody ever called me for a comedy before — I couldn’t get them to call me for a comedy. I would call, and they would be, ‘No, no, no, just stick to what you’re doing.’ As soon as I made Jump Street, I had 20 comedies sent to me.”
On Stripping: “I was definitely looking for something to take me into the dark side.” “You learn something about yourself, you learn about men, women, you see a lot of depressing shit, people that are lost. But at the same time, the dark side can be exciting. It can feel like you’re cheating death every night.” “I never enjoyed the taking-the-clothes-off part. You are on a stage with people yelling at you, and you feel you’re a rock star, but you’re nothing – you’re just a guy taking off his clothes, looking like a fool in a stupid outfit.”
Check Out Channing Tatum’s Spread Below:
Photo Credit: Nino Muño For OUT Magazine.