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Channing: I don't dance for everyone

Published 01/06/2015

Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum says wife Jenna takes full of advantage of his stripper past.

Before he made it as an A-list actor, Channing was a stripper going by the name of Chan Crawford. His work on the podium inspired 2012 film Magic Mike, with the sequel due out next month.

Despite the movie's popularity, the 35-year-old gets bored when fans constantly ask him to dance.

"That happens every time I walk out of my house. It can get old. I'm not a monkey!" he told Empire magazine.

"Of course [I dance for my wife Jenna]! She's got a stripper for a husband and she's not gonna take advantage of that?"

Since making his name in dance flick Step Up, Channing has tackled a range of films. He played real life wrestler Mark Schultz in this year's Oscar-nominated murder tale Foxcatcher, as well as comedic roles in movies such as 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie.

One of his upcoming films will see him tackle X-Men character Gambit in a standalone film, as well as the next instalment of the Marvel franchise.

"Josh [Zetumer, Gambit writer] just turned in his first draft of the script, and it's killer. None of us were sure how he was going to deal with the X-Men world. But we're going to be changing some of the tropes of these movies. It’s always about saving the world," he laughed.

"But maybe we’re going to shift things a little bit. There’s so many ways you can take [an origin story]. You could do it like Batman Begins, or a different take and go the Guardians Of The Galaxy route. All I can say is: I’m super excited.”

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