January 13th, 2012
03:56 PM ET
While some may cringe at some of Channing Tatum's career choices - the dance franchise "Step-Up," or the 2010 romance "Dear John" - he tells Details magazine that he took such gigs for a reason, and it wasn't just a paycheck.
"You gotta do 'Dear Johns,'" Tatum said, also adding his February love story co-starring Rachel McAdams, "The Vow," to the list of "musts."
Tatum will play Leo, the loving, devoted husband to McAdams' Paige, who forgets their happy relationship when she suffers severe memory loss following a car accident. Leo, of course, embarks on a mission to help Paige fall for him all over again. (Yup, it's coming out Valentine's Day weekend.)
Tatum, 31, tells the men's mag that he's "conscious" about why he snapped up those roles.
"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,'" he continues. "I didn't go to acting school, so my knowledge of story, filmmaking, and character comes from just being on set and doing it."
And then, a moment of (perhaps bourbon-inspired - he was apparently taking a lot of shots while conducting the interview) honesty: "I know I'm not the best actor. But I hope my characters are getting better."
Moviegoers will be able to judge that for themselves pretty fairly this year, considering Tatum appears in no less than five films in the first half of 2012: This month's "Haywire"; February's "The Vow"; the "21 Jump Street" movie with Jonah Hill in March; and this summer's "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and the actor's stripper comedy, "Magic Mike."
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