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Monday 15 September 2014

Tatum feared Oscars dance

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Charlize Theron and actor Channing Tatum dance onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Channing Tatum was terrified he wouldn't be able to remember the ballroom moves ahead of his dance routine with Charlize Theron at the Oscars on Sunday.

The star is known for showing off his dance moves in films such as Step Up and Magic Mike and worked as a stripper when he was younger.

Despite his experience, he was nervous about performing a ballroom routine with Charlize Theron at the Academy Awards on Sunday evening.

"We reached out to Charlize first, and there was no hesitation. She absolutely jumped on board," producer Neil Meron explained to People magazine.

"Chan said to us, 'Look, I have danced in all these movies, but I have never really done honest-to-God choreography. I don't know that I can do that.' We told him, 'We believe you are a great dancer, and that you will be able to do it.' He said he would give it a try."

Charlize is a trained ballet dancer, which is thought to be why she was happy to oblige.

In the end, the pair wowed the A-list audience with their old-school dance, which was choreographed by Rob Ashford.

Their performance was made even more amazing following the news they didn't actually rehearse that much.

"They were going to cram and rehearse constantly over two days [right before the Oscars]. But then they both simultaneously got the flu," Neil explained. "We were going, 'Oh my God.' Literally at the last minute they got to rehearse and miraculously got up there and they killed [it]."

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