Channing Tatum Does GQ August 2009

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Though it’s about a man, it’s not really a Men of Style worthy subject. Because he has yet to prove himself as a man of style. For now he’s just Channing Tatum.

(and yes, we still have Ellington to thank for that, she gave me the idea when she qualified Channing with a “GRRR” … I’m not sure it’s a good or a bad “GRRR” but I’m going ahead with the subject – after all, he makes her forget herself!) Channing Tatum is high in the spotlight right now, he sells tickets, DVDs, magazines. So he’s GQ’s cover story for August 2009, as photographed by Mario Testino. (the story continues with more images right after the jump!)

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When I realized there was a world of fuss around Channing, I took two minutes and searched the whys and the hows of Channing Tatum’s rise to glory and here’s what I put together so far. He’s the perfect example of “model pretty” athletic young man who has found his way in life through his looks (and physical qualities). Born on April 26, 1980 (in Alabama, US), Channing wasn’t very keen on academic performances, he remained true to his athletic passions and preoccupations (including Kung Fu, Gor-Chor Kung Fu) until he was picked up by a model scout in Miami while he was spritzing…ahem selling perfume behind Dillard’s counter at $10/hour.

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A glorious model career was ahead for until-that-moment-disoriented Channing Tatum. He discovered the joy of traveling the world and making pretty poses in ad campaigns or magazines (he was even featured in Vogue, alongside Caroline Trentini). To our little surprise, Channing loved every minute of modelling. Until he discovered acting. His first acting gigs? Music videos (Ricky Martin’s She Bangs) and commercials (Pepsi, Mountain Dew). TV Series ensued (CSI) and few romantic roles inbetween dozens of various auditions. But where he really brought the spotlight on his model pretty face was the Step Up dancing (and less acting) performance. Stepping Up alongside Jenna Dewan (who became his wife this month, Saturday, July 11 2009 to be more specific), Chan promised to be more than a pretty face. He also had the moves to back his model pretty self!

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As he is a very commercial actor right now, Channing cannot refuse the parts that are given to him. He now follows the same physical pattern in his acting career that guided him though his early life: he plays the soldier (Stop-Loss). The policeman (Battle In Seattle), the supersoldier (G.I. Joe, The Rise Of The Cobra), and so forth (his upcoming projects are The Stanford Prison Experiment, Pinkville – a Vietnam war drama and something revolving Parkour, the free running underground). I wonder if that has something to do with him having been to a Military School (from ninth grade)!

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Despite of him being an all physical actor, there’s something about Channing Tatum. Something that makes him credible, something innate that places him next to Patrick Swayze in my agenda (until now, at least). He’s into his characters, he makes you believe he actually is the character. That’s acting. He may not be a composition genius, but he strikes the right chords. Underneath that fist-flavor, model pretty acting, his human warmth (he allegedly still spends his summers in Alabama, with his relatives, just like he was spending summers with his grandparents when he was growing up) makes him bendable, molding and empathetical taking the shape of the scripts portrayed characters he must impersonate…

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Doesn’t he remind you of Ryan Philippe? I had a hard time telling which is which, especially since both of them have quasi the same acting repertoire.

If you would have to place Channing Tatum somewhere along the acting values Blv, at the corner of who and who would you pin him? I have him in the Flavor-of-the-Moment sandbox. Does he makes it into your Men of Style ranks? (via 1, 2, 3, 4)

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#1 Adriana on 07.15.09 at 2:03 pm

I cannot judge Channing Tatum because I haven’t seen him act in anything. He’s not the type of guy that makes me go “grrrr” plus I the use “grrrr’s” for other reasons……He doesn’t remind of Ryan Philippe or Patrick Swayze? He’s to me far too much a mister-clean-the-marine. Until now, because it’s possible when I’ve seen him act in a good movie I’ve a change of heart and mind.

#2 Ellington on 07.15.09 at 8:43 pm

Channing does make me forget myself Kpriss and in a good way. :)
He seems to be a passable actor doing what needs to be done in his roles. I would never say he is a great actor but yes he does make me say GRRR (and its a good GRRR, a very good one indeed)! :)
I just like looking at him, what can I say? ;)
Thanks for this!
p.s. maybe you could also do a “Men that make you go GRRR” topic? :D

#3 Luffy on 07.16.09 at 7:25 pm

Channing is one of my favorite actors. Yes, his acting isn’t Oscar material (except for A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, which is totally off the hook!) but he’s a good actor nonetheless. Can’t wait for G.I.Joe :D

#4 Daydreamer on 07.21.09 at 3:26 am

I like Channing…just like him.

#5 Adriana on 08.05.09 at 3:46 pm

So I had to morph myself into a high school girl which wasn’t easy but I managed and when the movie ended I still wanted to a 14/15 year old but alas: yeah, Channing was very cute, I’d notice his acting talent besides that cuteness. And he’s a Taurus! I hope he get or choose the right parts. If so he can have a great future.
Who wants to be just the flavor of the month? But hey, this is GQ!

(That movie was “She’s a man” by the way.)

#6 cc on 01.01.10 at 3:10 am

They’re both REALLY easy on the eye but Ryan Philippe has a prettier face – haha!
I like Channing. I think his acting could very well be Oscar-worthy one day. He’s young and already turning in varied and interesting performances. His ‘blandness’ (in a dime-a-dozen-hot-guy kind of way) allows him to dissolve and disappear into his different roles. I really enjoyed him in A Guide…Saints, Stop Loss and Fighter.

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