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.”