Channing Tatum, star of G.I. Joe, used to be a stripper. Ha! As if that wasn’t humorous enough, (those clever foxes) obtained a video of the The Body Electric (our nickname for him) in motion. Yes, indeed Channing was making ladies swoon way before he showed up on our television and movie screens.

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more Channing after the grind (AND A VIDEO)…

According to, Tatum went by the name “Chan Crawford” and shook it at a club called Male Encounter inĀ  1999. In fact, his moves were so “impressive” that he was spot and cast in Ricky Martin‘s “She Bangs” video.

“He was shy at first, but he really knew how to work the stage,” Steele (an old boss) tells Us, adding that Tatum lip-synched in the act and earned $50 a night (plus tips) during his year-long stint. “The women went crazy for him!”

Just goes to show dreams do come true. Stripper one day, famous actor the next. Who knows — maybe the White House is in “Chan”‘s future.

Photos: Bauer Griffin

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