Channing Tatum is still finding work as the resident meat-head since, evidently, there’s a gap in the market and no with looks/ brains/ talent/ charisma to fill it (if ONLY).
Tatum’s filler, no? He used to be the still-model-looking guy who did the down-home thing when no one else was available. And no one was mad at him for it. But he’s ageing and he’s not getting any better, reaching further, nor doing anything but coasting. He’s trying, one gathers from this interview. But one doesn’t feel the effect. Meh, coasting must be nice work if you can get it. Well, he’s profiled as a meat-head in Details Magazine February 2012 too in a rather odd, apologetic, but… self-aware interview.
On learning from the worst of his past movies: “You gotta do the Dear Johns. You gotta do The Vow… I’m conscious about why I did those parts, those movies,” Tatum says after jokingly apologizing for my having had to watch them. He says he took the roles for the sake of his education, which is, of course, an industry trope. But it’s one he delivers with such sincerity that it’s impossible not to absolutely take him at his word. “I wanted to learn from Rachel on The Vow,” he says. “I wanted to learn from Lasse Hallström 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,” he says. “But I hope my characters are getting better.”
On moving into producing, after executive producing 21 Jump Street and producing Magic Mike: “I really don’t want to be in any more movies that I don’t produce,” he says. “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.”
On his childhood: “When I was a kid,” he says, “we lived on the bayou in Mississippi. My dad would throw a beer can into the water and have me shoot at it. Once, when I was really little, we had this huge.” - via Details.