CHANNING TATUM tells Hollywood news that he didn’t steal any stripper moves from his strip club co-workers from way back for his soon-to-be released movie, “Magic Mike.”
Hear that, girls? All him!
Channing claims his half-naked dancer buds from Florida, Thomas “Awesome” Austin and London Steele, were wrong when they accused him of stealing “their” moves and “their” stories for his racy new movie, “Magic Mike.”
What the movie is really about is still what it markets itself to be—a story inspired by Channing‘s days as a stripper in Florida, back when he was called Chan Crawford and way before he turned into a chick flick actor.
According to Celebuzz, Chan told reporters at the premiere of his movie:
“Those guys have been trying to make money off of me since I got into this business…”
To prove his accusation, Mr. “Crawford” also accused his two former pals of selling a video of him undressing for money, which reportedly sparked “Magic Mike” director Steven Soderbergh’s interest in making a film about male stripping industry.
Tatum spoke of the tape that gave him the role:
“Literally, London was one of the guys that sold the video. Thank God that my friend here [Sodenbergh] saw and we made a movie from it.”
“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. 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.”
So the only thing that he ripped off was his clothes, huh?
But the hot actor is not spewing hate. In fact, he’s thankful for everyone that he worked with back in the days—even his two “money hungry” pals. He continued:
“I don’t want to say anything bad about them because they are part of the reason I think their world is so interesting. They are very interesting, intriguing, bizarre characters, and I’m thankful for weird people out there, I guess.”
What do you think? Are those guys really just trying to make money off Channing?
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