5 Things We Learned From Channing Tatum’s ‘GQ’ Cover Story

Peggy Truong | May 20, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Possible Oscar contender Channing Tatum has yet another big year ahead of him.

Which means it’s time for another GQ cover.

In its June 2014 issue, GQ features the 34-year-old actor in a lengthy cover story, documenting everything from his love for cake to how 2014 “was supposed to be my year off.”

Should you decide to save the cover story for a beach read, perhaps with a glass of wine, here are five things to take away for now.

Channing had an imaginary friend.

“His name was Boy,” he tells GQ. He even saved a seat for him at the dinner table when he was a child.

“I would make a plate for him and all that. Crazy behavior. I think I just lived in an imaginary world . . . I think I always saw him as invisible. I couldn’t see features, in a way, but I knew he was there.”

Photo courtesy of Sebastian Kim/GQ

Channing likes to sculpt . . .

Tatum picked up the hobby in 2010 during the filming of Haywire in Santa Fe. He gave it a go after watching some guy doing it for 20 minutes.

“I was, ‘I don’t know why I feel like I can do this, but I feel like I can,’” he recalls.

. . . and drink while sculpting.

The hunky actor enjoys sculpting with a bottle of wine or a glass of bourbon.

“I probably drink too much, you know. My wife, that’s what she bought into . . . I’m probably a pretty high-functioning, I guess, you know, I would say, alcoholic, I guess.”

Photo courtesy of Sebastian Kim/GQ

He once “drank the blood of James Franco.”

In a scene cut from the final version of This Is the End, Tatum chops off James Franco’s foot and consumes the blood gushing from the stump.

“I mean, when can I say I’ve drank the blood of James Franco? Why wouldn’t I go and do that?”

Channing and Jonah Hill made quite the bet on the success of 21 Jump Street.

When 21 Jump Street took in $36 million on opening weekend, Tatum won a bet against Jonah Hill (as the former predicted the film would gross more than $35 million).

Hill apparently told his co-star and friend a few nights prior, “I will kiss your tip! I will kiss the tip of your d**k through your underwear if we make $35 million.”

In retrospect, Hill tells GQ, “I will only say that Channing and I say a lot of stupid stuff when we drink together . . . it’s a lose-lose for both parties, I feel. I’d have to clear it with [Tatum’s wife] Jenna . . . there’s all sort of loopholes that have to be taken into consideration.”

Photo courtesy of Sebastian Kim/GQ

22 Jump Street opens next month.

For more of Channing Tatum’s cover story, head over to GQ.