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Channing Tatum Interview Magazine

Channing Tatum Interview Magazine

Shia LaBeouf :: It’s pretty nuts, dude. So who is the actor you would model yourself after?
CT :: I love Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason.
SL :: You remind me of Mark Wahlberg.
CT :: I’ve always loved that guy—even when he was Marky Mark.

So how did a rebellious jock who once spurned the drama club before become the street-fighting surprise of Sundance?  Introducing shock ‘em, sock ‘em indie surprise, actor/model Channing Tatum.  Full resolution scan of 25-year-old Channing Tatum from Interview Magazine April 2006 in the gallery.  Read the full interview after the jump.

Channing Tatum

By: Shia LaBeouf

Interview Magazine April 2006

One of the few discoveries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was a dark, chiseled one delivered in the form of Channing Tatum, who co-stars alongside Robert Downey Jr., Chazz Palminteri, Dianne Wiest, and Shia LaBeouf in the award-winning competition drama A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. Based on writer-director Dito Montiel’s 2003 autobiographical book of the same name, the film chronicles the tragic events of the last summer that Montiel (played by LaBeouf in his younger incarnation and by Downey Jr. as an adult) spent in his native Astoria, Queens— which, in the mid-1980s theater of street violence wherein much of the movie’s action occurs, was a place many residents either clung to with a religious fervor or longed to escape with reckless abandon. Tatum‘s performance as Montiel’s childhood friend, agitator, and protector Antonio is a scab-encrusted, bare-chested, short-fused revelation. The timing couldn’t have been better for the 26-year-old Alabama-born, Florida-bred actor, who had previously tried his hand at construction, real-estate brokering, and modeling. He just wrapped production on an as-yet-untitled film about a juvenile delinquent, who finds himself through dancing, and also appears in the new comedy She’s the Man, a modern remake of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night starring Amanda Bynes.

SHIA LABEOUF :: You’re blowin up right now, son. You’ve got some projects in the can already that are pretty good quality.
CHANNING TATUM :: Yeah, they kind of jump around everywhere, man. They go from beating up people on the streets of Astoria to dancing to Shakespeare.
SL :: Tell me about the Shakespeare thing.
CT :: It’s basically a remake of Twelfth Night. It’s a teen type of comedy. Amanda Bynes is hysterical. She’s just got her own cute little charisma, and she’s got a huge following. In order to play soccer at school, Amanda’s character impersonates a guy. I don’t know if you know Twelfth Night at all, but I play Orsino. It’s pretty funny.
SL :: It must have been strange for you to start acting, because you come from a different type of world. You were a model. Why did you want to get into movies?
CT :: I don’t know. You just can’t do that much as a model. It’s all two-dimensional. Every once in a while, you’ll get a photographer who allows you to do something cool, like show an emotion or do some kind of activity. But you just get to pour so much more of yourself into a movie role. I’ve always loved movies but everyone loves movies, so I never conceived of the fact that I could actually be in them. In high school I had some friends in the drama department, but they were just doing plays, and I was like, "Eh, I don’t really think that that’s me." [laughs] So I just played sports. Then, a bunch of years later, I’m acting.
SL :: Are you trying to do something that nobody’s done, or do you have a plan?
CT ::Nah. I don’t even have a stance on what I think people have done or on what I would try to do differently.
SL :: Well, you’ve got to make some stuff up because people are going to ask you that, so you’ve got to have something interesting to say. I mean, to play a character like Antonio [in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints] is such a rare opportunity.
CT :: He was supernatural.
SL :: I feel like you have the hardest job in the movie, just because of what came with playing him. When we would walk around the neighborhood in Astoria and talk to people, it was like Antonio was so popular. Everyone knew who he was.
CT :: It was nerve-racking a little bit, to meet his brother and his sister. But I always said that I wasn’t really trying to be Antonio. I was just trying to be a guy who could have a relationship with your character like the friendship he and Dito had. We took these real people and we had to make them real onscreen. That was our biggest challenge.
SL ::  Well,  you  must  have  some  issues, because I don’t know where else Antonio came from. [Tatum laughs] Your parents are still married, right?
CT :: Yeah, they’re still married.
SL :: So, it’s not that.
CT :: No, I mean, everybody’s got their own problems. A lot of Antonio’s anger was definitely pulled from back in the day.
SL :: It’s pretty nuts, dude. So who is the actor you would model yourself after?
CT ::: I love Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason.
SL :: You remind me of Mark Wahlberg.
CT :: I’ve always loved that guy—even when he was Marky Mark.

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  • xochitl

    channing tatum is beautiful… funny mark wahlberg tidbit too.

  • cb’s

    he is stunning, i hear him and amanda bynes are dating in real life-cute couple

  • elisha

    ^^^its true that they’s going out!!^^^ i’m so jealous!! lucky amanda argh!

  • ajonr

    I don’t know abou that ^ one. :S

  • rachel

    honestly, i’ve never thought of amanda bynes as a serious actress.

  • Ceara

    Amanda and him are not going out thay are just friends also he has a chick but he don’t want to tell anybody her name.

  • lacy

    channing tatum is gorgeous. i could stare at him for hours. and i dont think that him and amanda bynes are dating, but think what you want

  • alyssa

    channing you are the hottest person in the world. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo! Are you dating Amanda Bynes.

  • MMmMMmmm

    channing is DROP dead georgeuos!!!! hes un beliveble sexy. I cant wait till shes the man comes out on DVD so i can pause it a certian moments and just STARE!!!!!

  • Gabby

    Channing you are soooo hott i love you and i think you should go out with me not someother girl.lol.jk

  • Gabby

    Channing you are soooo hott i love you and i think you should go out with me not someother girl.lol.jk

  • M&M

    OMG we just saw shes the man and holy crap on french toast Channing Tatum is SUCH a hottie I mean he is hotter than all of the guys at my school and all of the guys that we know PUT TOGETHER!?!?!?!?!?! Channing your are 1 sexy man and you don’t look 26 either we think you looked like 17 or 18 so WOW!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • xoSaraxo

    Ok. First off. Channing = HOTTIE! Ok . . anyways….. Channing and Amanda ARE going out. Look at this website here: http://www.celebitchy.com/2006/03/amanda_bynes_and_channing_tatu.html Ya. It shows pictures of them making out. If their just friends. . . . they must be friends with lots of benifets.

  • Ky.x3

    Yeah, Channing is hot. :pBut i think Channing and Amanda look great together. :]]

  • x.~Becky~numba~1~fan

    aww am soo glad amanda and him r goin oot, cz amanda is soo pretty and he is wel gorges and thy r both v. gd actors/actreses!nd am soo happy for thm and i hop they’re happy cz if thy r then i am 2!!:D am glad they’re a cuple nd nae sum slut, cz amanda is amazin and soo sweet and channgin wel hes jst th man of all men!!cya l8r gd luk 2 both o thm ..Xx*kisses*xX..

  • monica

    unfortunately, even though channing and amanda have a photo kissing in public, channing is going out with jenna dewan. they were living together for two months now. by the way, i don’t like her.

  • sara

    Eres el mejor y quiero que sepas que me encanta todo el trabajor que haces Channing Tatum. Ojalá pudieramos conocernos pero eso es un sueño imposible ya que nos separan la lengua en la que tu hablas, el idioma y además tu para que ibas a quererme conocer sólo tengo 15 años en fin eres el mejor te quiero mogollón´. Ah me ha gustado mucho la última película que has hecho ya que es graciosa y tu haces el papel del chico perfecto:cariñoso, simpático, guapo , vamos que eras genial. UP CHANNING TATUM. By:lookme_sara@hotmail.com

  • andi

    uhmm i just got she’s the man on dvd. channing – make some more movies babe.

  • Kt

    OMGGG!That is like the hottets guy i have ever seen i would die to see him in person!!!!!

  • Crystal Jem

    Chan, if you do read these messages, you should know that I think you did an amazing job in "She’s the Man". I hope you will continue doing more movie roles. And I’m not just saying that because I think your gorgeous, yes you are that but you are very talented and should be proud of yourself. Congradulations and Good Luck in the future. :)

  • Robyn

    Channing Tatum… i just rented She’s the man and have watched it 3 times in 2 days!!! Not only are you gorgeous but you cracked me up in the movie. i also saw havoc i didn’t even know you were gonna be in it, you should have had a bigger part! —Robyn—

  • gab

    um all you girls need to stop posting these comments to my boyfriendhes taken… get over it

  • kellie midliff

    omg channing is so hot me and my friend tori watched "she’s the man" and fell in love with channing!!!!! we just wanted 2 leave a comment 2 let u guys kno tht u need to watch "she’s the man" bi!!!

  • kellie midkiff

    srry peeps i spelled my last name rong lol!!!channing ur hot luv ya bi!!!!!!!!

  • kellie midkiff

    srry peeps i spelled my last name rong lol!!!channing ur hot luv ya bi!!!!!!!!

  • kellie midkiff

    srry peeps i spelled my last name rong lol!!!channing ur hot luv ya bi!!!!!!!!

  • i should be ur wife

    will you marry me channing?

  • Franyelis

    channing you are so hot. I love you ok! you are the best. I like your movie She’s the man you looks very good boy!!!!! you are amazing!!! te amo!!!!!!!!! eres el mejor!!! Do you wanna be my boyfriend???

  • sami

    omg im like ur biggest fan i play shes the man over and over againur hotgodxxxxxxxxx

  • kristen

    wow, I actually just wanted to say that you did a great job in she’s the man. I have read the play by shakespeare and putting the spin on it was hilarious. They’ve couldn’t have picked a better person to play the role of orsino. congratulations!! I hope that acting takes you all the places you want it to.

  • hi

    CHANNING IS HOTTTTTTTER THAN HELLLLLLLLLLLLL!

  • Vee

    channing is probably the hottest guy in hollywood for me right now…it sucks that hes taken :( ahahahaha

  • Neus

    I LOVE YOU CHANNING!! YOU ARE SPECIAL AND FANTASTIC!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!

  • TRANNY

    U R ALL A BUNCH OF LIEIN’ WHORES, U ALL NOE U HAV DA HOTS 4 CHANNING N U ALL H8T DAT TRAMP AMANDA. . . SO JUST ADMIT IT COZ PERSONALLY I’M GONNA HAV HIS BABY N UR ALL GONNA B JEALOUS OF ME. . . . U RANK BITCHES . . . LOL

  • ellory

    wow you poeple are retards he IS NOT DATING AMANDA BYNES duh! hes dating jenna dewan whos also in his new movie step up!!!!! how do you people not know this.

  • claire

    I love you Channing Tatum, ur the hottest guy in the whole world, i luv u!!!!!!!!xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  • lyra

    you kno what… all of you get a life…. i mean really if they are they are and if they are not then hell they are not!! dont you have sumthing better to do with your time? um k so what he is hot… so are a bunch of other people, why not focus on some people in your own lives and write nice things to them.. it might make their day!.. it could make yours too…

  • victoria

    omg channing is soo hott i cant believe u wud pick amanda out of all da girlz out dere=)like me lmao!!!!! omg u r 2 die 4 everytime i look at u i lik faint omg i wish u were mine

  • Samantha Cannon

    I think everyone needs to give Channing some privacy. He has it hard enough trying to please everyone. He is really good at his work and he probably has a great personality, but everyone is refering to him as a piece of meat. He is cute, but I’m not obsessed over him. Everyone needs to get a life.

  • hilary

    Channing did an amazing job in STEP UP! you should be very proud!if i was a actress and could have been in this movie i would have been first in line to audition!

  • leira

    okay, wow, I jus when see Step Up. That was one good movie. Channing is really hansome in all his movies. All my frens like him and they don’t usually like haole guys. So overall he is a sexy bitch! Keep getting more hansome.

  • Mel

    OMG HOTTIE HOTTIE HOTTIE!! i love channing tatum soo much but everyone who knows me already knows that and he is gorgeous he just makes me melt. his acting skills are incredible and i could stare at an art gallery of his pictures or the real thing :P all day. and i loved him in shes the man and STEP UP!!! OMFG I LOVE HIM HE IS INCREDIBLE!! P.S. he is not dating amanda bynes he is dating jenna dewan

  • Mel

    OMG OMG OMG TOTAL HOTTIE!!! but of course all of u already knew that!!! such an incredible actor i cant even begin to explain him in words he is amazing (L)(L) anyone who knows me knows that i am majorly obsessive over him and i loved him in shes the man and STEP UP!!! cant wait til it comes out on dvd!! he makes me melt and i could stare at pictures of him or the real thing forever (L)(L) I LOVE U CHANNING TATUM and i hope u know that cause u are so amazing and down to earth and i love u!!!P.S. Channing is not dating amanda bynes he is dating jenna dewan

  • Mel

    OMG OMG OMG TOTAL HOTTIE!!! but of course all of u already knew that!!! such an incredible actor i cant even begin to explain him in words he is amazing (L)(L) anyone who knows me knows that i am majorly obsessive over him and i loved him in shes the man and STEP UP!!! cant wait til it comes out on dvd!! he makes me melt and i could stare at pictures of him or the real thing forever (L)(L) I LOVE U CHANNING TATUM and i hope u know that cause u are so amazing and down to earth and i love u!!!P.S. Channing is not dating amanda bynes he is dating jenna dewan

  • Yarenis c.

    well ive seen only 2 movies of your’s and they are amazing it’s hard try to find what your looking for in things in life yeah u are cute not cute hot but what does it matter i hope u are happy on what u are doing as an actor im gonna be taking drama classes and dance classes in the next two weeks as ballet and jazz and that it keep up the good work and have fun.

  • kony

    en verda el es muy mino me encanta y k lata k los mas minos mas ricos
    sean actores o grandes o sean muy creidos para mi el hombre ideal seria el
    como sale en la pelicula “una chica desesperada” me encanta es tan tierno y sensible
    seria ideal para mi :) :*

  • shia_fan

    shia is such a good actor and he’s talented too…

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  • Lindsey nicole :)

    Channing Tatum is the hottest model in the whole entire world.
    He is dammmnnn sexxxyyy!
    i love his abs! : )

  • http://www.myspace.com/natalie1993 natalie

    OMFG i luv channing tatum he is sooo hot n such a good actor he is truely my role model xoxoxo luv ya