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“I’m a fat kid on the inside. I love food so much, and I fluctuate about 25 to 30 pounds between movies. I feel like I have to do a chess movie that requires very little movement at some point, just so I can eat pizza and play chess on the beach all day.” – Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum took an interesting route to superstardom, including a pit stop at a few male strip clubs. Here are our favorite facts about the lovable Channing Tatum.


50. Sorry, Emma.

Emma Watson was so weirded out by Channing’s performance in This is the End that she left the set. The scene featured Channing Tatum acting as Danny McBride’s slave, where he breakdanced in a thong.

49. Too sexy for his shirt.

Channing modelled for Abercrombie & Fitch, Dolce & Gabbana and Aeropostale.

48. Fatherhood.

He became a father for the 1st time at age 33 when his wife Jenna Dewan Tatum gave birth to their daughter Everly Elizabeth Maiselle Tatum on May 31, 2013. Channing claims that having a daughter made him “fappy”—fat and happy.

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47. She bangs.

His modeling career led to landing a job as a dancer in a Ricky Martin music video. In 2000, 20-year-old Tatum appeared in Martin’s video for his incessantly catchy song She Bangs.

46. Footing the bill.

Channing and director Steven Soderbergh self financed Magic Mike’s $6.5 million budget. The risk paid off: Magic Mike grossed $167 million, making it the highest grossing dance genre movie ever.

45. A whole lot of footage.

The “Chicago” scene in Jupiter Ascending was the longest sequence in the script and took Mila Kunis and Channing six months of every-day shooting to film.

44. Shattering expectations.

The scene in Foxcatcher where he breaks the mirror is real and was unscripted. He got so into the role that it just happened.

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43. A few odd jobs.

He worked as a construction worker, a stripper, a mortgage broker, a cologne salesman, and a worker in an animal nursery before he started a modelling career.

42. Military or preparatory?

In the ninth grade, Channing was given the option of either military school or a private school. He chose military school, where he joined the football team with the goal of receiving a scholarship to play after graduation.

41. All American.

Channing’s family has lived in the American South since the 1700s. He moved from Alabama to Mississippi at age 6, where his family lived on a bayou.

40. Playing the hand he was dealt.

Channing auditioned for the role of Gambit in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) before the role was eliminated, but he ended up portraying him in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).

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39. All-around athlete.

Channing was voted most athletic in his high school class and headed to Glenville State College in West Virginia on a football scholarship. He later dropped out of college.

38. Childhood inspiration.

His favorite childhood film was The Goonies, a 1985 adventure comedy.

37. A near miss.

Channing almost refused to act in the Step Up movies because he felt he lacked the dance experience. He knew that the rest of the cast had been professional dancers.

36. Love on set.

Wife Jenna Dewan said that she knew she wanted to marry Channing after he caught her during a Step Up dance sequence. “After 10 takes and a guy doesn’t struggle to catch you, you know he’s the one.”

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35. Seeking out challenge.

He made the transition from modelling to acting because he did not find modelling challenging enough.

34. Convinced to go undercover.

He passed on the film 21 Jump Street twice before being convinced by Jonah Hill to take the role. The film was a colossal success, earning $201 million worldwide gross. 22 Jump Street earned $331 million worldwide gross.

33. True to his roots.

When Channing was a child, his grandparents raised him during the summers. Now as a famous movie star, he still spends much of his summer time with his grandparents back in Alabama.

32. Way too sexy for his shirt.

Channing was chosen by People magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive in 2012.

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31. Medication.

Channing suffered from ADHD and dyslexia as a child. He said the medication he took as a kid to help him in school made him feel “soulless” and added that he would “never do it to” his child.

30. Shocked by success.

When asked about his career, he was quoted as saying, “I got crazy lucky. Like sometimes, I think I won the lottery or something. At times, it feels like the bottom’s gonna fall out. Just ’cause I don’t really know how I got here. But I just keep moving forward, and it just keeps getting better and better.”

29. Well fought, Channing.

Channing really fought for the role of Jody in Tarantino’s Hateful Eight. “I basically sent about an email a day for about a month just threatening any other actors that might be up for the role. I was just praying that no one really tough was up for the role.”

28. Kicking off his career.

His first fashion show was for Men’s Health Magazine and it took place in November of 2000 at Level Nightclub in South Beach, Miami. He was asked by his friend Vincent De Paul to participate in the show. Afterwards, he began booking editorials for Ocean Drive magazine and his modeling career began.

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27. Duke.

Throughout his acting career, Tatum has played two characters called “Duke.” He played a Duke in She’s the Man (2006) and in two G.I. Joe movies – The Rise of Cobra (2009) and the sequel Retaliation (2013).

26. Cute puppy.

He and his wife Jenna Dewan Tatum have a dog named Meeka.

25. Changing perspective.

Channing Tatum didn’t care for female action movies. He used to say, “Find a girl that can, pardon my French, whup my butt, and I will go to the movie.” Finally someone did! They found MMA champion Gina Carano to co-star in the movie “Haywire.” He said the experience was awesome and he loved it.

24. Careful, Justin.

He’s a concerned fan of Justin Bieber. “I don’t remember who said it, but I do believe that whatever age you become famous, you end up staying that age. Because from that point you’re not asked to be a normal citizen. I worry about Bieber, man. That kid’s wildly talented. I hope he doesn’t fall down into the usual ways of famous young kids because it’s so hard for someone to be responsible when they’re not asked to be.”

23. Born to be.

Channing Tatum is the son of Kay (Faust), an airline worker, and Glenn Matthew Tatum, a construction worker.

22. Staying out of trouble.

Growing up, he was full of energy and somewhat troublesome, so his parents decided to enroll him in track and field, baseball, soccer, and football to keep him out of trouble. In the 9th grade, he became focused on earning an athletic college scholarship.

21. Trained to kick butt.

Tatum is also trained in Kung Fu and in Gor-Chor Kung Fu, a form of martial arts. He has earned several belts.

20. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

He got into comedy to take himself less seriously, saying, “The more you try to look sexy, the lamer it is, so you just have to commit to the comedy.”

19. A heart-warming interview.

Toronto’s Carly Fleischmann became a YouTube sensation after her interview with Channing Tatum. The 21-year-old talk-show host is autistic and non-verbal. She interviewed him using questions she pre-wrote and delivered via a speech program on her iPad. She opened the interview with, “He has been a stripper, a police officer, a secret agent, a reporter, a boyfriend to many and soon he will dump his wife to be with me.” At the end of the interview, an amused and laughing Channing hugs her and kisses her on the head.

18. Loves animals.

He’s a strong supporter of DaisyCares.com, a charity created to provide pet food and medical care to needy pets, and to reduce animal abuse through public education and awareness.

17. Baller status.

Channing’s net worth is $50 million USD.

16. Immortalized by plastic.

Channing Tatum had a Hasbro action figure modeled after Duke, his character from G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra.

15. Forced to act.

Channing didn’t want to make the movie G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. He had signed a three-picture deal earlier in his career before finding wider fame, and Paramount told him he needed to accept the role or face legal action. When asked about the film, he replied, “I hate that movie.”

14. Favorite place in the world.

Channing’s favorite place in the world is his Uncle Bruce’s ranch in Wetumpka, Alabama, where his mother grew up. He goes there often to remind himself of real life in the place that represents a deep connection to his roots.

13. Stripping to pay the bills.

Tatum dropped out of college and worked odd jobs before becoming a male stripper. Reflecting on his on-stage career, Channing said, “Men go to strip clubs for a pretty simple reason. It’s a carnal, visual thing. The point of male stripping is to bring women onstage and embarrass them so their friends can cheer them on. Women go to watch their friends’ faces turn red and to have a night of camaraderie with their girlfriends.” His stage name was “Chan Crawford.”

12. Don’t worry about me!

Channing said that modeling made his life and his family’s much easier because he never knew what he wanted to do professionally and now his family didn’t have to worry about him.

11. Thanks, coach!

Tatum made his way into the movie industry with 2005’s “Coach Carter,” where he co-starred as a member of the basketball team.

10. Fairies forever.

Channing’s wedding was fairy-themed, complete with a cake topper that featured fairy versions of him and Jenna making out. Their flower girls also wore wings.

9. Matching ink.

Channing and Jenna have matching tattoos. The newlyweds got the Balinese words for “side by side” inked onto them during their honeymoon in Bali.

 

8. A cool place to grab a bite.

Channing and his wife also opened up a restaurant and bar called Saints & Sinners in November 2012. The hotspot features live entertainment after 9pm and doesn’t have a definitive closing time.

7. Cooler than Mickey Mouse?

His favorite Disney character is the sentient broom from Fantasia.

6. Beer-loving hooved mammals.

Channing has two rescue horses named Smoke and Cajun. Smoke enjoys the smell of beer, and Cajun was a birthday gift from Jenna Dewan.

5. Imagine that!

Channing had a childhood imaginary friend named Boy. “I would make a plate for him and all that. Crazy behavior. I think I just lived in an imaginary world.” Channing and Boy also had a reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2015.

4. Gilbert the Legend.

Channing confessed that his penis has a nickname: Gilbert. He didn’t clarify if it was named after Gilbert Gottfried or Little House on the Prairie’s Melissa Gilbert.

3. Yummy.

Channing adds Cheetos to his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

2. We agree, Channing.

Channing is terrified of porcelain dolls. “I just think they’re freaky!” Channing exclaimed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “I just think they’re really super freaky. They have, like, real eyes and they look real.”

1. Ouch.

Channing burned the tip of his penis when he was on the set of The Eagle and a crew member poured boiling water down his wet suit to keep him warm. They had been using boiled kettle water to keep warm, but this crewman had forgotten to dilute the scalding liquid.  He was rushed to the nearest hospital — an hour away. “I said to the driver, who was ex-special-forces Marines, ‘You might have to knock me out, because I don’t know if I can take the pain. Just grab something and hit me on the back of my head.”

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