Channing Tatum Talks MAGIC MIKE XXL, GAMBIT, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE and James Bond

     June 17, 2015


With his July 1st theatrical debut of Magic Mike XXL only a few weeks away, Channing Tatum brought his wit and charisma to reddit for an Ask Me Anything session. If, for whatever reason, you weren’t a fan of Tatum before, you should most definitely give his AMA a read because he’s faced with some of the Internet’s goofiest questions and responds in turn with humor, honesty, and insight. If you want to hear Tatum’s first-hand experience working with Magic Mike co-star Matt Bomer, you got it. Want some insider info on his role as Gambit, or to know if he’ll show up in X-Men: Apocalypse, or if he’ll ever play James Bond? All your questions and more wll be answered!


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Here are just a few of Tatum’s choice quotes from his recent reddit AMA. I’ve put the movie-related responses first, followed by some more of the wacky answers below. Let’s let the Chan-Man introduce himself and tell you about donating to a great cause that could win you a trip to the red-carpet premiere:

What’s up, reddit. Chan here. With the premiere of Magic Mike XXL coming up in a few weeks, I thought I’d expose myself… to your questions. For the next hour, ask away!

Also, I’m offering you all the chance to come to the MMXXL premiere with me to support an awesome cause—you’ll ride with me to the premiere, walk the red carpet, see the movie and then check out the after-party. Enter to win here:

On full-frontal nudity in Magic Mike XXL:

Question: do you do full frontal in magic mike xxl? asking for a friend

ChanningTatumHere: haha “for a friend” I do not do full frontal but i can promise you when you’re standing in front of a bunch of people in a very small thong it doesn’t leave a lot to the imagination. Your “friend” should be happy.


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On playing Mike:

Question: What is your favorite part of playing Mike
ChanningTatumHere: Mike is just at the end of the day…at the beginning of the first movie he’s just this guy, all these strippers a lot of the guys I grew up with in South Florida were just hustlers, they all had 3 jobs going on and a bunch of dreams essentially that were probably never going to work out because they had no education on how to accomplish any of them, but that’s what i love about Mike. He has all these things he wants to do, and has no education on how to do them, and probably no real understanding of what to make these dreams happen. he just keeps telling himself he’s going to do it until the end of the first movie when he makes a hard decision to stop partying. the second film, you take the gloves off, your realize that you don’t have to walk away from a life, you can still have fun and be responsible.

On whether men should go watch Magic Mike XXL:

Question: Mr. Tatum, you’re one of my top 10 favorite actors, and I happen to be a straight male. How do I get away with going to see Magic Mike XXL in the theaters, without my sexuality coming into question?

ChanningTatumHere: The funny this is about XXL it is such a movie that is made for women but if I pitched the movie like it’s the movie road trip then guys would see it. Truly it’s just about a bunch of guys being friends and hanging out who just get raunchy with some women at the end of the movie. Everyone will have fun with this movie.


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On Matt Bomer’s eyes:

Question: Do you ever get lost looking into Matt Bomer’s eyes

ChanningTatumHere: absofuckinglutely. no matter if you’re a man, woman, cat, hamster, you will get lost in matt bomer’s eyes. I don’t know what they are made of outside of dreams and rainbows and amazingness but it truly doesn’t matter. And when he sings. It’s like god gave with both hands and then grew a third hand and graced him with more. he’s crazy talented.

On Gambit:

Question: Is there anything you can tell us about your upcoming Gambit movie [?] Thanks for the AMA
ChanningTatumHere: we finally found someone that I really do believe wants to make Gambit, it will be the second standalone character. And i just really think because Gambit is not the most popular or the biggest hero, I think there’s a really unique opportunity. Marvel’s done a lot of great movies that have made a ridiculous amount of money, and it’s always good to figure how to change the form.


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On whether or not he’ll appear in X-Men: Apocalypse:

Question: Are you gonna be in Xmen: Apocalypse?

ChanningTatumHere: No ma’am, or sir. I definitely will not.

Tatum being honest:

Question: Jupiter Ascending? What was that?
ChanningTatumHere: Great question. I have the same one to myself.

On Kung Fury:

Question: What’s currently your favorite TV show and which character do you think embodies you the most?
ChanningTatumHere: it’s really hard to not want to be Joffrey on Game of Thrones. My favorite thing that I’ve seen yet wasn’t on tv, it was on Youtube. It was called Kung Fury and it was the best thing I’ve seen in a long time.


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On surviving the zombie apocalypse:

Question: How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?

ChanningTatumHere: Oh man. Crossbow, straight up, and I’d want an army of ninja chimpanzees that crush people all around me

ChanningTatumHere: Or I would just go to Sandra Bullock’s house as I’m sure she has all that stuff because she’s dope and kick-ass.

On warning Chris Pratt of an approaching weather system:

Question: What was the last picture you took with your phone?

ChanningTatumHere: The last picture I took on my phone I was going into a meeting and there was a tv on the wall playing CNN and they were talking about Jurassic World shattering box office openings so I sent that to my buddy Pratt. I’m just really proud of him, happy for him. It also said something about southeast Texas weather pressure.
That’s what I was really trying to tell Pratt, to make sure he was aware of a pressure front coming in.


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On playing James Bond:

Question: Would you play James Bond if you were offered the role

ChanningTatumHere: Oh that’s tough. It would be a very hard turndown. But i don’t know. There is a very strong strong voice inside that tells me James Bond probably should always be a true United Kingdomer. I’m all down for changing things completely but the true nature of 007 is i feel just very innately english, it shouldn’t be an american putting on an english accent.


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