“G.I. Joe’s” CHANNING TATUM covered the February 2012 issue of Details Magazine where he reveals he didn’t go to acting school, so everything he knows, he learned on set.

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The 31-year-old star of “Step Up” and “Dear John” famously began his showbiz career as an exotic dancer at a local Alabama nightclub, then as a dancer in Ricky Martin‘s “She Bangs” music video. After making his rather obscure mark as a male model, and as a hunky, if somewhat wooden, strong and silent-type action hero, Channing‘s appearing in a romantic drama with Rachel McAdams in “The Vow.” And what does Channing Tatum say about how far he’s come?

“You gotta do the “Dear Johns.” You gotta do “The Vow.” I’m conscious about why I did those parts, those movies.”

Channing admits in an exclusive interview with Details Magazine.

“I wanted to learn from Rachel on “The Vow”. I wanted to learn from Lasse Hallstrom on “Dear John” – he did “The Cider House Rules” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” I didn’t go to acting school, so my knowledge of story, filmmaking, and character comes from just being on set and doing it. I know I’m not the best actor, but I hope my characters are getting better.”

It’s rare you see that kind of humble self-acceptance in a Hollywood actor when most of them mostly believe and thrive on their own hype. Not Channing Tatum who knows where he’s at and where he’s going.

“I really don’t want to be in any more movies that I don’t produce.”

He says, referring to “Magic Mike,” a drama he’s producing, directed by Steven Soderbergh, and inspired by Tatum‘s own experiences as a male stripper.

“Unless it’s with one of the 10 directors that I really want to work with, I don’t have any interest in not being on the ground floor of creating it. But what I really want to do is direct.”

And maybe, just maybe, this hunk of burning ambition may just get to channel himself better behind the camera than in front of it…

Photos Via Norman Jean Roy For Details Magazine

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