Channing Tatum did Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show on Tuesday – Channing is currently promoting Magic Mike XXL, which I really want to see, and not even in an ironic way. Anyway, like so many guests before him, Channing really gave away some interesting tidbits and gossip to Stern. The conversation was about a lot more than just Magic Mike! Channing even bad-mouthed one of his bigger hits, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Some highlights:
On G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: “Look, I’ll be honest. I f–king hate that movie. I hate that movie. I was pushed into doing that movie…[After] Coach Carter, they signed me for a three-picture deal…And as a young [actor], you’re like, ‘Oh my god, that sounds amazing, I’m doing that!’ So time goes by, and you get other jobs…and things happen and you have a dream job that you want to go do, and the studio calls up. And they’re like, ‘Hey, we got a movie for you. We’re gonna send it to you.’ And it’s G.I. Joe.”
Channing wanted to play Snake Eyes, but the studio forced him to play Joe: “The script wasn’t any good. I didn’t want to do something that I thought was 1) bad, and 2) I just didn’t know if I wanted to be G.I. Joe.”
It could have been worse: “I could have been given…I don’t know, Scream 5. I’m super lucky and blessed to have been given that film. That was really not all that bad. [But you have] no option. ‘You’re doing this or we’re gonna sue you.’”
No one wanted him to do 21 Jump Street: “I really just wanted to work with Jonah [Hill], and that’s the God’s honest truth. He called up and actually said, ‘This is a terrible idea.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, so what’s the movie?’ And he was like, ‘No, no, it’s a really terrible idea, but I think you’d be great in it.’ My entire team didn’t want me to do that film. Everyone was just like, ‘We don’t get it, you’re too old for high school!’ And I was like, ‘That’s sorta the point!’”
When Emilia Clarke asked Channing & Jenna for a threesome: “And I’m just looking at my wife for reaction. Like, ‘I don’t know. I don’t know what’s happening. Is this happening? I think this might be happening.’ Jenna’s a pro. She’s just like, ‘Oh yeah, let’s do it!’ And then it never happens.”
Whether he would ever do a threesome for real: “Oh, come on. What guy in their right mind [wouldn't be into it]? I would put on some loin cloths and some swords or whatever to make it happen. Look, I’ll go find a dragon if you guys really want me to. Like, I’ll figure it out.”
He also has some lovely stuff to say about his commitment to Jenna Dewan and all that – maybe he’s full of it, but I believe in him and I think he just flat-out adores his wife. And yes, I laughed at “Look, I’ll go find a dragon if you guys really want me to.” YESSSS. A threesome involving Emilia, Jenna and Channing (in a loincloth) and some CGI dragons? Why isn’t that a show?
As for Channing diss of GI Joe – I’ve seen that movie and it’s honestly not that bad. I mean, it’s not Die Hard or anything, but it’s better than Fast & Furious: No Plot 4 Eva. But I remember how everyone involved in that movie – including Joseph Gordon Levitt and Sienna Miller – really did the bare minimum for promoting it. And it was still a massive hit. What would people be saying if Sienna had gone off about how much she hated the movie? Yeah.
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