Channing Tatum: “You gotta do the ‘Dear Johns’. You gotta do ‘The Vow’. I’m conscious about why I did those parts, those movies”

Channing Tatum has continued to maintain a constant presence in the movie industry in the last few years with his appearances in G.I. Joe, The Eagle last weekend’s Haywire and the upcoming 21 Jump Street. Seen in a diverse range of roles, Tatum recently spoke with Details Magazine, explaining the method to his madness.

Tatum says he picks his roles to work with other actors that he wants to learn from. “You gotta do the Dear Johns.  You gotta do The Vow.  I’m conscious about why I did those parts, those movies.  I wanted to learn from Rachel [McAdams] on The Vow.  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, film making, and character comes from just being on set and doing it.”

Adding that from here on out he prefers roles that will place him not only in front of the camera, but working in the background as well.  “I really don’t want to be in any more movies that I don’t produce.  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.” 

With a rash of new films coming out this year, the Haywire actor, who can be seen in the Steven Soderbergh directed action flick currently playing in theaters, admits that he may not be the best, he’s learning as he goes.  “I know I’m not the best actor, but I hope my characters are getting better.”

Leave a Reply
Denzel Washington on ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ and Why He Keeps Coming Back to Broadway
"I’m interested in different challenges, and challenging myself and just trying to get better." - Denzel Washington
Chadwick Boseman on Playing Black Panther: “I love him because the fantasy of playing a ruler – you never get to do that”
Boseman talks about portraying T'Challa's unique background on screen.
Willem Dafoe: “I don’t think you can keep doing the same thing as an actor and be free”
"All performing is about control and discipline versus abandon and just letting go." - Willem Dafoe
Mandy Patinkin: “I love doing research for any part that I do. That’s one of the most fun parts of being an actor to me”
Patinkin why he specifically sought a comedic project, the dedication he brings to his performances, and when his parents were finally convinced he could make a living as an actor.
Jodie Foster Recalls How She Got Her Role in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’
Foster revealed how she landed the role as FBI agent Clarice Starling and why she only worked with her co-star briefly on set.