Channing Tatum says he did not steal those ‘Magic Mike’ stripper moves, yo

Channing Tatum

Ladies (and gents of a particular persuasion), only a few days stand between us and the release of Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper movie, Magic Mike. I am more than a little bit restless with anticipation at the very thought of this show on the big screen. Of course, the running joke on Twitter this week has been the injustice of Katy Perry’s movie being in 3-D while Channing Tatum and his boys will appear only in two dimensions. That’s okay though because I can imagine the third one in all its epic glory … especially when it come to Joe Maganiell’s well-endowed Big D*ck Ritchie character.

The movie’s press has been heating up quite a bit this week, and TMZ has posted an amusing video of Channing Tatum from his “real” stripper days when he screwed up the “YMCA” dance onstage. Hey, he still looks good though! And here’s a followup to last week’s story about Channing’s former stripper buddies who claim he stole their moves and their tales and then turned them into a blockbuster movie. Naturally, the topic came up in a press conference, and Channing set the record straight:

Magic Mike star Channing Tatum is laughing off accusations that he used the real-life stories of two former male strippers he once worked with in his new movie.

Thomas “Awesome” Austin and London Steele — both of whom worked with Tatum during his brief stint as a stripper in Tampa, Fla. — told TMZ last week that they think the movie’s characters bear several resemblances to their own lives.

The duo — who are upset that Tatum didn’t involve them in the movie or consult with them — say that special stripper moves they taught Tatum are used in the movie, including the “Hot Seat,” which Austin claims to have invented.

They also claimed that the title of the Steven Soderbergh-directed movie — which stars Tatum, who also produced — is a name that Austin coined for a fellow dancer. Austin added that Tatum was an “amateur” when they met. “He only danced for four months,” he told TMZ. “How many events could have happened to him?”

But at a Magic Mike press junket Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel, Tatum defended himself against their accusations. “Those guys have been trying to make money off of me since I got into this business,” Tatum told reporters.

The actor said that the movie’s characters are not based on anyone. “Look, there’s nothing that’s factual in this whole movie other than that I was an 18-year-old kid and went into this world and I dropped out of college from playing football and was living on my sister’s couch,” he said. “There’s not one character that I took from my real life; this is just a world that I went into, and I had a perspective on. And we created everything from a fictional place.”

Still, he had good words to say about his former co-workers. “I don’t want to say anything bad about them because they’re part of the reason why I think this world is so interesting,” he said. “They’re very interesting, intriguing and bizarre characters, and I’m thankful for weird people out there. They’re some of the most creative people.”

[From Hollywood Reporter]

Yep, I figured those disgruntled stripper buddies were just looking to make some shut-up money off this movie. Besides, what exactly was their point about Channing only being in “the biz” for four months? I could be wrong here, but it seems like getting up onstage every night and taking one’s clothes off could get really repetitive in short order, and there are only so many permuations of screaming women to experience, right? At a certain point, imagination must be used to come up with the stories upon which this movie was based. Any strippers or former strippers have an opinion on this issue?

Here’s another tidbit from the press onslaught, which is an interview with Alex Pettyfer and Cody Horn, and Alex comes off as surprisingly charming (must be the accent). In fact, Kaiser reacted with a “This boy is HOT,” and I have to agree that he’s pretty smoking for a guy with a “Thank You” tattoo above his crotch. The video itself is available at E! Online, but it’s an auto-play vid, so we’re not embedding it. Here are some excerpts:

He said “yes” to Soderbergh without thinking: “Next thing I know I’m in a costume fitting with an American-flag thong with everything hanging out and I go ‘I’ve really just got to dive into this head first’. And I did and it scared me and I was terrified about the dancing.”

His fear of dancing: “I’ve never danced in my life,” Pettyfer shares. “I can’t put one foot in front of the other, let along shake it…But you know what I learned–apart from Channing’s amazing dancing–the funnier, the grimier, the dirtier it is, the bigger reaction you get.”

His first time: “When you see me come out for the first time with the song ‘Like a Virgin’ is the first time I had ever performed any dance, it was the first time I had ever really been onstage in front of an audience. I’ve always been able to hide behind a camera. [Here], all the reactions you get are genuinely the same reactions you see in the movie because Stephen shoots the audience at the same time he’s shooting you, so you really got to impress them.”

[From E! Online]

At the end of the interview, co-star Cody Horn added that the film set was a pretty amusing experience in and of itself: “Anything, anything that happens while someone’s in a thong is automatically hilarious.” Can you imagine what it was like for her to go to work every day and be surrounded by gorgeous and mostly naked men? And then she got to rub up with and kiss Channing Tatum too. Lucky bitch.

Channing Tatum Alex Pettyfer

Channing Tatum Alex Pettyfer

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  1. brin says:

    The real lucky bitch is Jenna Dewan!

  2. Launicaangelina says:

    I’m so ready to see this movie! I think the other strippers were just trying to get “hush money” but I’m glad Channing Tatum made a statement. Their argument that he’s was only in the biz for four months is ridiculous. I’ve had shorter experiences in my life that I could write a book on.

  3. marie says:

    I figured they were just looking for money. The man can dance, so to me it doesn’t really matter how long he stripped for, and I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again-I don’t care about the storyline, I just wanna see them shake it!..

    • katie says:

      I don’t think anyone really cares about the story line! And I doubt many of us will even remember the story after the movie ;)

      • Chatcat says:

        Who cares if he stole them? I mean it’s a movie about male strippers for God’s sake. Realistically how many moves can there be? With the amount of hype and media coverage this movie is getting you’d think the studio was posturing for some awards from the Academy … what best actor? best supporting actor? best musical score? best costumes? … oh wait a minute, maybe there is something to this…never mind.

        PS Wonder if Big Dick Richie’s (i.e. Joe Mang) junk can be nominated for best supporting actor? Now that would be one Oscar’s show I wouldn’t miss.

  4. Samigirl says:

    I got my momma to (begrudgingly$ agree to come with, saving my poor husband from having to see me drool over and objectify men. She says she’s not excited, but we will see! I’m thinking of bringing a flask or smuggling in some wine to change her tune :-)

    • beyonce's bump says:

      lol samigirl! Ur mom is that cool eh? I will have to go with the boy, my mom is a christian minister, I imagine it would be at best extremely awkward and at worse, absolutely mortifying to watch something like this with my mom!

      • Samigirl says:

        Ohmigoodness! I would pay good money to see your mom watch this!!! And yes, my mom is very cool. I was telling her how I had to drag along Mr. Baker, bc all my girlfriends are either lesbians or too strait laced to see it, and she said she didn’t want to put her son in law through that, lol!

    • Joy says:

      Booze is a must for this flick!

  5. Jessica says:

    Am I wrong for saying that Tatum’s face is just not so hot.. but his body, for the love of God… yes… yes!!!

  6. Jade says:

    I used to think he was so hot during his modeling-coach carter- she’s the man days. Then he just stop being hot. He doesn’t do it for me anymore.

  7. GoodCapon says:

    I’m still debating whether to watch this in the theatre (and squeal to everyone’s embarrassment) or just wait until it’s available online so I could watch and replay it over and over…

    Or maybe I could do both!

  8. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I’m glad we can all agree that this movie looks awful but who cares?
    It’s like Coyote Ugly meets Showgirls: for women.

    Channing seems like such a funny guy. He always comes across as so chill and humble in interviews-it’s hard not to like him.

    • Maguita says:

      There is a theater downtown, where on Fridays for the midnight showing, it seems like all the hot gay men in town go to.

      That is EXACTLY where my girlfriends and I will be to watch that movie this coming Friday. Buzzed on cheap alcohol, and high on disturbingly sweet deserts.

      Discovered this when Sex And the City 2 came out, the sh-ttiest movie ever, but lord was the atmosphere hilarious and fun in that theater. Especially every scene Aidan, or Smith were in.

      Will you be watching it @O.Kitten? And I absolutely agree on Channing, he is likable, and no matter the silly subject, he delivers decently-produced movies!

  9. ramona says:

    I just had a thought, and I know it won’t happen, but it still made me giggle: imagine if this was playing at the IMAX???

    • Abby says:

      i wish!

      I’ve set a date to see this with my gay hairdresser friend. We banned my husband from coming. I told him to go watch Striptease and we can compare notes later.

  10. Happy21 says:

    I’m in the midst of making the biggest movie date EVER…lol…pretty much with every female I know who is heterosexual ;)

  11. buckley says:

    Adam Rodriguez moves like a zombie.

  12. LittleDeadGirl says:

    Ha ha, glad I’m not the only one who wants to see this. I know it will be awfull but we all deserve a movie like this. Straight guys get enough movies.