Channing Tatum Is Down to Become a Stripper Again

He was a stripper before making it big in Hollywood. He plays a male stripper in Magic Mike XXL. So is Channing Tatum ready to become a stripper once again?

In his latest interview with Vanity Fair, the 35-year-old opens up about potential plans to return to exotic dancing. Speaking about how doing a live Magic Mike-inspired show in Las Vegas, the actor hints that he may be down get semi-naked and gyrate on stage again.

“Well, we’re going to start a [Magic Mike] show in Vegas, and I’ll never say never. I wouldn’t mind going out there and doing it one more time. Or maybe twice,” he says. “But, you know, every time I’ve put on a thong and am getting ready to walk onstage again, I’m like, ‘Why do I want to do this?’ It’s very uncomfortable to be in a thong in front of a thousand people.”

He continues, explaining that he questioned whether or not thongs should be featured at all in the sequel, “That was going to be one of our plot points. To thong or not to thong. But my wife was like, ‘You cannot have a movie without these guys getting in thongs.”

Speaking of sharing uncomfortable things with his wife, Jenna Dewan, Tatum adds that re-watching their movie, Step Up, was a cringe-worthy experience.

“Me and Jenna just saw Step Up on TV, and we watched it for two seconds,” he says. “We made that 10 years ago or something. It was hard because you’re like, ‘Wow, I remember it being so much better.’ Then other times you’re like, ‘I remember it being worse.’ Things happen that change your perspective.”


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Tatum and Dewan, 34, welcomed a daughter named Everly in 2013. According to Tatum, being a father has definitely changed his perspective on things.

“It’s scary. You made this thing and have to bring it into the world together,” he says. “I love being a dad. They’re like little mirrors running around. They show you things about yourself you wouldn’t pay attention to before. Jenna says it all the time: ‘Oh, my God, that is so you right there.’ But I don’t know if I’m good at it.”