Thursday, April 23, 2009

Channing Tatum: From Step Up Dancer To Fighting and G.I. Joe

Channing Tatum's big break was Step Up, the little dance movie nobody foresaw becoming a franchise (Step Up 3D is currently in development). Now he's a box-office headliner, with leading roles in both this weekend's action-drama Fighting and this summer's tentpole movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Despite the testosterone-heavy nature of these two roles, the good-looking athlete-turned-dancer-turned-model-turned-actor is rapidly proving he's able to deliver mature, nuanced performances well beyond the scope of his earlier two dimensional Abercrombie & Fitch and Dolce & Gabbana ad campaigns.

In 2008 he was seen on screens in the MTV-backed Stop-Loss, a powerful film about the Army’s controversial practice of forcing troops who have completed their terms of service back into action. The following year, Channing set the critics buzzing with his small but significant part in Dito Montiel's (of punk band Major Conflict) autobiographical film about his tough upbringing on the streets of Astoria, NY. The film, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, which starred Robert Downey, Jr. and Shia LaBeouf, was Montiel's first as a write/director. It speaks volumes that for his second such venture, Fighting, Montiel chose Channing as his lead.

Click HERE to read Fred Topel's interview.

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