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Channing Tatum on Shia fight night

Channing Tatum believes he and Shia LaBeouf were being “young, dumb, idiot actors” when they enjoyed a wild night out some years ago.

The two stars appeared alongside each other in 2006’s A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, with Shia previously opening up about a wild night they enjoyed before the cameras started rolling. At the time Channing’s representative played down the event, but the actor has now come clean.

“Me and Shia, I think we had just met that day,” he told GQ magazine in a new interview excerpt.

“We were, like, 'What shall we go out and do?' We were drinking. And I think our initial thing was 'Alright, let's go out and try and get in a fight!' This was just young, dumb, idiot actors thinking that that's going to bond us. Because we'll shed blood together, blah, blah, blah. I've never seen him since then.”

In 2008 Shia claimed Channing threw a rock at a window so he could steal a Spider-Man bookmark. Despite Channing’s spokesperson previously insisting the story was “inaccurate”, the star now admits he was violent that evening.

“I definitely kicked in a window that night. But it wasn't [book store] Barnes and Nobles. Just a window,” he said.

“We were just running and being hoodlums and throwing trash bags down streets and just being stupid. We were trying to be like '80s hoodlums. And I think as we were running I kicked this thing, not thinking that it would ever shatter. And everything just went raining down. And I was like, 'Oh, sh*t.' And then we just took off running.”

The guys were with their other co-star Peter Tambakis and all three of them were scared. Channing claims Shia “punched a cop car” at one point, with the pals eventually running their separate ways. Terrified he would be caught, the Magic Mike star eventually sought refuge in a pile of trash bags.

Looking back he thinks all three of them were just young stars “trying too hard”.

“It's only fun because we didn't get caught…that I can have perspective on it now and know it was stupid. I don't think we were thinking,” he marvelled.

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