Posted: 6 November, 2014
by Christian Hull
Channing Tatum Stripped Bare!
He opens up about his stripper past, and drug use.
Channing Tatum opens up about his stripper past and drug use.
We all know and love Channing Tatum, (total babe), He has appeared in 41 movies including ’21 Jump Street’ & ’Magic Mike’. There is a lot of Oscar buzz around him at the moment for his latest role in ‘Foxcatcher’.
Tatum had a very honest interview with the Hollywood Reporter and spoke openly about his stripper past and his experimentation with drugs. He explained that the movie Magic Mike XXL was partially based on his own dance history. The movie shows Tatum’s character going to a stripper convention, which he says is exactly what happened to him in the late 90’s.
"I have no idea why it's called a convention," he told the mag. "The 'convention' was not strippers peddling stripper technology or anything like that. It was just a big show with 50 to 70 strippers and 2,000 to 3,000 women. It was crazy. They attacked me every night."
He tells the Hollywood Reporter about an incident when he was giving a lady as lap dance. Its very very odd.
"The lady goes, 'Oh my God! Look at you! You remind me of my nephew!' — and then grabs me," Tatum reflected. "It hit me like a hand grenade. It was like tick, tick, tick, boom: She's grabbing my butt and saying, 'You remind me of my nephew.'"
He also went on to reveal how much money he was making.
"On a good night, I made 150 bucks. On a bad night, 70 bucks — even 50 at times,"
Tatum dropped out of uni and stared stripping at age 19. He said that he was drawn to the idea of stripping because of the perpetual partying, heavy drinking, and living a wild lifestyle in general.
He also spoke about his experimentation with drugs.
“I wouldn't say I was losing myself in drugs because I wasn't doing anything habitually.Just experimenting. Experimenting, I would say. Never the big ones — crack or heroin. I never OD'd or anything. Never." Cocaine? "Maybe a couple times, but that was later.Drinking was probably the biggest. I didn't look at drinking as a problem. It wasn't at that point, and I still don't think it's a problem. But at that time in my life, it was, 'Let's go out and have a great time.'"
Tatum is happily married to wife Jenna and a father to baby Everly.
Years before he rose to mega-hunk status in Magic Mike, Channing Tatum used to be a stripper.