Channing Tatum stars in Columbia Pictures' "White House Down," also starring Jamie Foxx.
Updated: July 24, 2013 6:27AM
Last summer, he (almost) took it all off.
This year, Channing Tatum is putting his action star on.
“I’m an ’80s kid, but in my mind, I never thought I’d be The Guy,” says the 33-year-old box-office golden boy. “The Stallone. The Schwarzenegger. The Guy. Of course, I never thought I’d be in love stories either. I never thought I’d be in comedies.”
What guy did he think he would be? “I was never the guy with any preconceived notions of how this career would go,” he says with a laugh. “If you don’t have preconceived notions then everything is a great surprise.”
These days Tatum stars for director Roland Emmerich in one of summer’s big action flicks, “White House Down.” He’s a Secret Service agent trying to protect the president after a terrorist attacks the White House.
“There are few people like Roland who can make this kind of movie and make it well,” Tatum says. “That why after Roland got the green light on the script, I was immediately in. I’ve always wanted to do this kind of big popcorn summer movie that I would go see.”
He’s in constant motion like Bruce Willis in “Die Hard” (1988). “It’s one of my favorite films,” he says. “Like I said, I’m an ’80s guy, so I lived at the movie theaters watching those movies and thinking, ‘Someday … maybe I could run around and save the world.”
It’s another likely hit for the star of “Magic Mike,” “21 Jump Street” and “The Vow.” Can this guy do no wrong?
“We’d be here all day with the wrong stuff,” he says with a laugh.
He’s currently in London filming “Jupiter Ascending,” an original sci-fi film from Chicago-based filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski and co-starring Mila Kunis. Filming will move to Chicago reportedly at the end of summer.
“You’ve got to keep doing the stories you love and the characters you love,” Tatum says. “If there is any formula, that’s it.”
As for his personal life, Tatum and his wife, actress Jenna Dewan, recently welcomed a daughter, Everly. On Father’s Day, he revealed a family photo — the first — cradling his baby in his arms with the caption, “First Father’s Day with my girls.” He calls fatherhood “the biggest challenge of my life. I’m really excited and want to slow down just a little bit to enjoy it.”
But don’t count on any lullabys. “I will dance for my baby,” he says. “I’m a better dancer than singer.”
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