He may wear some seriously skimpy skirts in the upcoming gladiator epic "The Eagle," but that's nothing compared to the uniform Channing Tatum wore in his pre-acting career — as a stripper.
"Yeah, yeah, [I] definitely was," he tells CNN of his 1999 Tampa club stint as exotic dancer Chan Crawford. "[I] had a crazy life in Florida, man. I've lived a lot of different lives, and I’m not ashamed of 'em."
That's not to say Tatum would recommend that other actors follow his career path.
"Would I suggest 'em to people? Probably not," the 30-year-old, who is set to star in the "21 Jump Street" movie, tells CNN of his earlier jobs. "But it was just one of those things. I’ve had a bunch of different, incredible experiences that I might have never really escaped, and I’m pretty happy I got nine lives."
"Hopefully," he adds, "I’ve got a couple more in the pocket.”
"The Eagle" opens in theaters on February 11.
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Yes bad actor and I hope he was hotter when younger cuz he aint that hot now.
But seriously WHO CARES? Unless he was teabagging Elton John for hundred dollar bills.
well it looks like he is losing all the way to the bank! and you are hot right Paris?
Hatters!!!!! you are just jealous . How can you hate someone you don't even know. He's a picture of perfection. I just die every time I watch Dear John.
sure he's good looking. but he's also an arrogant a**...so now he's not good looking.
After dancin and gettin N*KED I would let the men slide dollar bills up my wet and waiting, with room for all, butthole.
I can fit T-rex and Justin Beibers D*CK in my mouth at the same time.
He's looking a little rough around the edges.
He was also a rent boy for some high profile politicians. So what?
And now you're living life as a TOOL.
I dont care...I just wanna S*CK his D*CK.
does he do private parties?
The FA GG OT probably has a future in male G A Y films.
Actually the guy's a decent actor with looks to boot, sounds like he just was trying to make a living and made the most of a variety of experiences. So what's the matter with that?
F you if you actually care about this guy.
Ya know... find me a story of an actor that does NOT have a dark history and you will have a news-breaking story!
what's with all da hating??? If a person is gay, we shouldn't care!!!!
No matter what...the gay man is "good-looking."
mazzla' 'it is driving not driver' did you go to school' mike'e
Dear John wasn't that great of a movie though...his acting was just so-so
Love him!!!! Anyone who thinks he's a bad actor should see Dear John.
You're a s!utty disgrace to women who work real jobs and get somewhere in life. DumB wh@rs like you are the reason most men dont have respect for women.
I am sorry your husband or boyfriend would rather see me than your fatness and this makes you mad. I have a B.A in anthropology. I am in the Grad program what are you doing? Prolly on wellfare and working at wendy's. If you were not fat and mad because your man goes to strip clubs you would have said nothing.
Regardless Channing makes more money than you clowns complaining and he is a celebrity that you are typing about... I dig him and saw him perform not bad he danced for both men and women.
Obviously he can act better than you because how many movies have you all starred in compared to Channing, he gives back to the community, he isn't stealing or behaving badly like Martin Sheen or Paris Hilton...
We all are in a sense when we change our clothes as we go to bed or when we wake up so it's nothing out of the ordinary anymore, in fact it's kind of boring.. Every male has the same type of things underneath, including Al Gore..
Oh Holla !!! Do we have any videos of this hottie stripping? Let the leaks begin.
i love the way he acts he is very hott and i would love to be his wife!!!!
Good role for Tatum. And he's been up front about his background, refreshing. Not like he was dealing drugs to get by. Besides, most people would be shocked to know how many kids strip to put themselves through college.
well it does not matter. he cannot act to save his life.. pretty sure he helped ruin the movie GI joe
He better hand on to his sparklie panties. He has the acting range of Stalone and will need a new job soon.
What is wrong with stripping? I strip now and I make crazy money. I live in dallas and made a crapload of money on superbowl weekend. Not a bad profession if you have the body and not shy.
Lol....that is old news...but if he is still having a hard time getting over it he had can always come to my house and strip for me and my friends. We could be good therapy=)
what a little fruitcake
Dear (Stupid) Critics,
CNN isn't saying this is breaking news. Why knock CNN for a fluffy story about a hot actor with a movie coming out? Silly. Besides, if it's old news – why'd you read it, and comment on it?
Why is everyone hatin' on him? Most men only wish someone wanted to see them naked
Oh, Not Carol Channing???
Wow, I am not surprised at all by this. You can hear it in his voice! Ha!
It's funny, all the guys are hating on him the exact same way all girls seem to hate on Megan Fox
That's fine with me! And the ladies who got to see that show up close & personal were very lucky!
Darn. I was expecting a woman when I saw the link to this article.
Oh boy, more great values for our kids. If they are not drinking n shooting each other they are busy stripping.
I thought this was going to be some chick (I don't know what kind of name Channing is). I was expecting to see a bunch of people bashing on some actress for stripping when she was young or something.
Didn't expect this tasty morsel. Who cares why. I'd watch.
So he had a job that only prudes and religious freaks would disapprove of. BFD. Man or woman, so long as you're not hurting anyone else, what you do with your life is nobody else's business.
wrongo bongo. you just have to be religous to disapprove, not a freak. just because you don't believe in God, (and you are going to hell for that) doesn't give you any right to say "religous freaks" are the only people who would disapprove. I certainly don't want my kids stripping in front of people for money. The past is the past & if he has repented then everything will be OK.
Corvous1 you don't have to be a religious freak to disagree with stripping or any other type of entertainment so to speak.. it's just we all have different beliefs in what's right and what's wrong, but its not a particular group at all that feels that way...
Ado-now I understand what you are trying to say, but it's people like you that feel that you can determine who's going to hell and who's not... i'm thankful that you're not the judge nor the jury at all.. rather he repented or not, that's between him and God.. and even if he didn't repent, that's not a problem either because he may feel that it was a way to earn money and didn't see it as being bad... please no disrespect, but you may not want your kids stripping and his parents probably felt the same way, but guess what, when they are out of your house, a child/adult is going to do what he or she wants, just like you have.. i'm sure you didn't do or still don't do everything your parents wanted you to do, but if you did, that's great for you...
I'd give him a dollar.
And he is NOT that hot...
If he's not that hot, you must be gorgeous. BTW, being married at 30 is fairly normal.
He's married? Didn't know... looks a little young to be married
I need to see photographic evidence lol
Why do we make celebrities out of people with basically trash for backgrounds? What happened to self respect? What happened to being good role models? Sheesh!
We are all commenting about what he used to do in his past, the very thing that he has confessed and really didn't have to and he owes no explanation. He admits he had a crazy life, but he doesn't recommend others to do what he has done and that's understandable because everyone is not built for what others are built for... Think about it again, it's his past, so everytime we began to judge and say what's nasty, gross, gay, etc.. you and I should look in the mirror because we all have a past, a present, and a future!! Yes, so what he stripped, big deal, but you never know what you would have to do if you were in a place where you're trying to reach your goals and dreams and it seems like there's no hope... so really, he did what he did and he's not ashame and he's no complaining so why should you.. it was his life and it is his life.. if his wife accepts his past and if he accepts and acknowledge his past, then who are you and I to sit around and really talk negative about what someone does???? Think about this, how many of you have "stripped" and didn't get paid for it? Yeah, I'm not talking about you who are married, but those that have girlfriends and boyfriends and you're doing more than taking your clothes off and you're not getting a dime from it.. hmm, yeah that's food for thought... if you are talking about him, then stop doing what you're doing that no one knows about!!!!
who didn't know? Ellen had pics of him when he was on her show! He can come strip for me any day!
I am at work and we have been in a war that has lasted a decade. Also, we're getting into another one. Yaaay.
Is it too late to hire him for my bachlorette party?....Drool!
thats show biz
"I've lived a lot of different lives, and I’m not ashamed of 'em."
You really should be.
have another beer Irish
Can u say gay people
@HEANN: ROTFLMAO!!! Priceless!
I saw him toss off into the audience one night. it was the best 7 seconds ever
What a douchaholic!
What a hottie!!! His WIFE is a lucky woman!!
All of you that are trashing this guy are just plain jelous of his good looks, money and everything he's accomplished. I noticed that even though you 'hate' him, you still took time out of your 'precious' life to read and comment about him. Honestly people, if you are closeted gay don't be jelous of good looking guys because of your insecurties and issues.
A 21 Jump Street movie?!
A lot of guys strip to make money for college and other things, no big surprise here.
Never seen him act, so I can't comment on that.
But I'd sure as heck watch him take his clothes off. Yowza!
He is an actor, has gotten some decent roles, he is totally goodlooking, kick ass bod, made decent money, and if you know anything about him actually goes back home alot to his family farm and works... and so what he stripped for $ for a while instead of taking handouts.
Yeah what a loser LOLOL
I can only imagine what you hater's lives are like
Very well said!!!
why do you think of Hater's" that's are you got to do' try praying for them' and your self
someone want to translate what driver said?
The comments are much, MUCH more entertaining that the actual article! Thanks, peeps! You've all made my day!!!
I second that one.
He is a beautiful man!
I don't care if he can act or not, that is one gorgeous man!
HE MAY SUCK AS AN ACTOR, OR HAVE A PAST, BUT ALLLLL OF YOU WHO ARE TALKING TRASH ARE JUST JEALOUS THAT HE'S LIVING THE LIFE AND YOU'RE DOING WHAT?????????????????????
Good for him! Who are we to judge and why would we. At least he isn't covering it up like some do. Rock on!
he can come strip for me anytime!!! LOL
Just a very lucky guy with absolutely no talent
I bet the next annoucement is that he is gay
Oh man I hope so!
Yeah. I'm sure his wife would be surprised to find that out. But, in the mean time... he gets to be married to a beautiful woman, desired by women worldwide, equally envied by men worldwide, and make millions as a "horrible" (per other posters' opinions) actor.... yeah... you guys are all absolutely right. This guy MUST be gay and a loser.
I wonder if he remembers hooking up with me.
I doubt he remembers every guy he's banged.
Wow! such hatred,or is it jealousy? He doesn't decide what ends up in the article. Journalist ask questions and they put what they want in the article. At least he is being honest!
This dude is the worst actor in the history of acting. Ever.
Oh I think I would have to go with Paul Walker for that. But it's a photo finish...lol
Who the HELL is Channing Tatum????
He should probably stick to stripping...I haven't been impressed with his acting
What else for a young handsome struggling actor to do. The money he made was good quick and easy
. Couldn't do that slapping burgers at Wendy's. So why not let Wendy slap your butt for money.
He can strip for me any day!
Dear Channing, take everything off but the boots baby!
Does he do private party appearances???
I was wondering the same thing!
Waz up suckas
These comments are exactly what I expected from a bunch of r-tards typing from behind their computers with a. no lives and b. no money.
I know right? Sounds like a bunch of sad sack losers. I mean, really? I never knew Channing Tatum had this much effect on others men, good for him.
So the guy is gay.Big deal.
these ppl have no lives. you dont no him and you dont no wat its like to be in his shoes. pathetic
Who is Channing Tatum?
No joke. From the name, I thought it was a girl.
I thought it was a girl too, must admit!
Was kinda surprised when a guy's face popped up.
Bet he got decent money for it, from all the girls...
Are you so bored that you clicked on the article and took the time to comment? Or just so lazy you couldn't Google his name to find out who he is? Or just plain dumb?
he is the hottest person ive ever seen
White cane & tin cup anyone?
Freakin awesome. :)
ILD HARDLY CALL HIM AN ACTOR
Then what is it he's doing to earn those probable seven-figure salaries?
i'll be the first to admit that i dislike people who claim to be an actor when they have the emotional range of a pistachio, but i'll be dipped in fajita seasoning and grilled if he ain't at the very least pretty attractive in my opinion.
your an idiot
Channing Tatum is the worst actor to ever live.
Please don't call him an actor... he doesn't deserve that.
Your correct. He is a waste of space. I wish he would disappear of the face of the planet.
Do you always harbor hatred for people youve never met (who have much better lives than you...more money, more friends,better looks), or do you leave such comments because you are so important at your job (assuming you actually have one) that you can spend your afternoon acting like a low rent sack of filth online?
@ihatechanningtatum – that's "you're", Genius.
He's better than you
I'd have to agree that he is an AWFUL actor but I can't say i don't love looking at him ;)
Maybe he looks better with is clothes off.........'cause he's nothing to look at with them on!
And this is supposed to be world shaking news? Ho hum.......
I'm surprised you expected to find world shaking news in the Marquee Blog.
this was reported on "E" news aug of 2010....how is it news now???
Sassie the Simpleton reporting.
I really dig nude guys.
that just give's us Men More Women""""
Hey Driving, you can keep your fine kettle of fish.
Real nice, Rod Rub. Does your hostility stem from the fact that you haven't come out yet?
look's like he has come out' go back end"'
This has litterally been know and broadcasted for like years now I think. Ive heard about this on tv multiple times, years ago. Great job finding the breaking news CNN!
I know right???? His hair is like "straight" (not) out of Theres something about Mary!
In other breaking news, Obama is black.
Danny Devito stripping is more gross .
CNN.com bashers: Instead of whining and complaining, if you don't like the reporting CNN does... GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. Why is that such a difficult concept for you crybabies?
@Hummer- sounds like you know more about that then he does.
take the number that you can fit in yours and divide by two...
I understand you accepted the role as his stunt double Howie...Congats!!!..now get on you knees!!
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