Channing Tatum tries Van Damme's 'epic' split
November 20th, 2013
12:30 PM ET

Channing Tatum tries Van Damme's 'epic' split

Well this is a first: a video of Channing Tatum that we actually didn't want to watch in its entirety.

The actor dared to repeat Jean-Claude Van Damme's impressive split - which went viral last week after he pulled it off while standing atop two moving trucks - on the set of the "21 Jump Street" sequel "22 Jump Street."

If you haven't guessed already, this doesn't end well for Tatum.

The 33-year-old revealed a clip of his attempt on YouTube, noting that unlike Van Damme's, his stunt was "performed by unprofessionals."

Sporting longer hair thanks to his "22 Jump Street" character, Jenko, Tatum began his version of the "epic" split with the same intense expression and solemn voiceover.


"I've had my ups and downs. Being an undercover cop is what made me what I am today," the star said while in character. "Surviving high school was no easy task. Neither is being a college freshman at my age. But because of this, my body is now engineered to defy the laws of physics, and the mindset to master the most epic of splits."

Instead of using two trucks for leverage, Tatum stands on food carts grabbed from around the "22 Jump Street" set. Smartly, he was already wearing kneepads to cushion his eventual fall (after failing to complete the split, apparently).

Tatum's currently filming the sequel comedy along with Jonah Hill, who starred as Jenko's partner Schmidt in 2012's blockbuster "21 Jump Street." After returning to high school as a pair of undercover cops on a mission to bust up a drug ring in the first film, the pair are now headed undercover at a local community college.

"22 Jump Street," which will see Ice Cube reprise his role of Captain Dickson, opens June 13, 2014.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. M.A.P.

    YAWN. Hurry up and get nekkid.

    November 21, 2013 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. JellyBean

    LM AO! Too funny.

    November 21, 2013 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Debbie

    Call that move the "2 plums & a banana" split. Tee hee.

    November 20, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Look how gay he is

    So gay. So very, very gay...

    November 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Debbie

    Me & friends are calling this move the "two plums & a banana" split. Tee hee.

    November 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Channing Taintlik

    Channing Tatum is the gayest celebrity if them all.

    November 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not ignorant

      Get a life!

      Tatum was funny so it must make everybody gay who enjoys it.

      November 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Channing Taintlik

      So, did you just 'come out' right there? You admitted that you thought the video was funny, and that everyone who enjoyed it must be gay...

      November 21, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michelle

    Double the Van Damage! Hysterical!

    November 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |

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