Channing Tatum is best known for his modeling and entertainment career, but Tatum has also made several splashes into the film and television industry; he has even become a part of the rebooted 21 Jump Street franchise, having been cast in a role for the second film and recently been announced as a member of the upcoming third film. But how much do you really know about this model turned dancer turned actor? The following are 4 things you probably didn’t know about Channing Tatum.
He has a varied modeling career
One of Channing Tatum’s most well-known attributes is his career as a model. Tatum has modeled for numerous companies and been the star of various modeling and advertising campaigns. His modeling work includes spreads and runways for the likes of Aeropostale, Dolce & Gabbanna, and Abercrombie & Fitch. He has also appeared in advertising commercial campaigns, including two national campaigns for Pepsi and Mountain Dew.
His career pre-modeling was also varied: he worked as many things, including a doggy day care worker, a cologne salesman, a mortgage broker, and a construction worker.
He once considered a football career
Tatum wasn’t always destined for the runway or the big screen. In ninth grade, Tatum was sent to a military school; while in high school, he tried out and earned a spot on the school’s football team. He originally intended to pursue a football scholarship for college, but ultmiately took another path in life. During his high school career, he also tried his hand at soccer, track and even baseball.
He was in a Ricky Martin video
Tatum considers his first “big break” in the industry his role as an ensemble dance member in the music video for Ricky Martin’s chart-topping song, “She Bangs.” He worked for 7 days total on the music video and earned $400.
He auditioned for the role of Gambit (and may play it)
In 2006, Tatum auditioned to play Gambit, one of the more popular characters in the X-Men franchise. The character was originally written into the third film in the original X-Men trilogy, X-men: The Last Stand. However, the role was cut from the film and Tatum’s part was eliminated. However, Tatum has been cast in the role of Gambit in the next X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse; he may also play the character in a solo film.
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