I try not to like Channing Tatum. I try to remember he’s not such a great actor. I try to remember that I don’t like big, buff, square jaw guys. But damn it, every time I see a new pictorial of him, read an interview or God forbid see him on tv…I get all swooney. He comes off as this big sweet guy that really appreciates his life.
For a new profile in Details magazine, Tatum got the reporter drunk and took him shooting at a gun range, helped a woman take care of her car on the side of the road, and taught his dog to do a Dirty Dancing trick.
But the interview’s most interesting revelation is that the 31-year-old stripper-turned-actor is completely understanding of the fact that people don’t consider his acting abilities to be his greatest strength. And that’s why he’s taken the roles he has — to help himself become a better actor.
“I wanted to learn from Rachel (McAdams) on The Vow. I wanted to learn from Lasse Hallstrom on Dear John — he did The Cider House Rules and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” Tatum says. “I didn’t go to acting school, so my knowledge of story, filmmaking and character comes from just being on set and doing it. I know I’m not the best actor. But I hope my characters are getting better.