Relating to His Character in Step Up: Asked what his friends and family are going to think about this role, Tatum said, They're going to say that it's like a movie about Chan's life, sort of thing. Like they were like, You couldn't have got a better role for yourself. But I wasn't a foster kid, was the only thing. (Laughing) But a lot of my friends are going to clown me because they're going to see me in tights. But for the most part, I think I'm making everybody pretty proud.
Tatum confessed that hes even taken the rap for his friends before, similar to what his character does in the film. We caught the house on fire once. For some stupid reason we thought it was fun to pour gasoline in the garage and light it and ride our skateboards through it. I don't know, I think we had just watched Back to the Future or something and we wanted to like walk through the fire. We were like, Yeah! And then, yeah, caught the house on fire a little bit. Didn't wreck the place or anything. Tatum said he took the blame for that incident. Yeah, because my dad's a strict guy and I still wanted to hang out with my buddies. (Laughing) They'd have never been allowed over again so I took the rap for that one. But there's other things that I've been like, I'm out of here! Bye! Good luck!"
Step Up and the Rest of the Pack of Dance Movies: You know, I don't know if we're exactly trying to separate ourselves. I don't think we were ever really trying to like, Oh, we're going to break ground with this. Dancing movies are good because they have a formula, and you love them for a reason. It's always like the underdog-type thing. There are not a lot of movies that don't have the same formula nowadays, for one. But I think, if anything, if I had to pick a special thing, one) we do all of our own dancing. There's not one take in this whole movie that we're not doing our own stuff. Not one. We didn't even have dance doubles, much less us not do it.
There have been certain movies that have excelled in one thing or the other. Like there have been just movies that were incredible dance movies that had some of the most amazing dancers in LA. You're just like hypnotized by them, but some of the story could have been better. Or you have some of the other dancing movies that don't have that much dancing in them. You're like, It was a great movie, but I didn't see very much dancing. So you're kind of torn. But I hope that we have an even keel. I hope the story's good, and I hope that the dancing is enough and big enough.
We just tried to make it really real. If anything, we didn't want to make an hour and a half long music video. We wanted to have a decent story with no gratuitous dancing. No like silhouetted in the alley, it's raining for some reason now, and youve got your shirt off, and you're like [roaring] slow motion - just for no reason, you know? We didn't want to have that. You know, most dancing movies, you love to see those moments, no matter how much we make fun of them, I loved it. Because I was like, Yeah! I want to dance in the rain! That's so cool! I love that! But it's not real, you know? Unless you do it on your own, which I didn't.
Channing Tatums a Fan of Flashdance: And he doesnt care who knows it. Yeah! I don't care. I don't know if that makes me metro or not, but I love that movie. [Does the Flashdance legs thing] I mean, it was the best thing ever. Footloose...the warehouse scene. He's doing gymnastics! He's swinging around the bar! It was nuts! You love all those. In Breakin' 1 he has the whole scene outside with the broom. I don't think it was gratuitous because I've actually done that before. Like no reason, just like in your garage... Again, I didn't live my whole life in my garage. (Laughing) You know, cleaning up the gasoline and the s**t I burned.
One Performance Channing Tatum Hopes Well Never See: Tatum joked that hes trying to block his audition for Step Up from his mind. I hope it never makes the light of day. I'm not ashamed of it by any means, but I've come a long way since then. It's different than I thought it was going to be, but it was still nervewracking, because you never know. Anne [Fletcher, the director] is the elite of the elites in this whole industry. Even in the dance world, not even just in the film. Everyone knows her. She's mama. That's what everyone knows her as in the industry. And going in and auditioning for her dancing was a huge thing for me. I'm pretty insecure about my dancing because I had never been trained before. But I know what I like to do, that sort of thing. It's kind of like you painting and someone looking at your work and like...I don't know whether theyll trash it or whether they like it. (Laughing) You know, for her to be like, You know, you're good... I would have just been [cringing].