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Alex Pettyfer is Channing Tatum in Steven Soderbergh's movie about Channing Tatum's stripper days

05.12.2011

Although I kinda wish Hollywood would stop trying to convince me Alex Pettyfer is an actor I should care about (he isn't, and I don't), when a filmmaker like Steven Soderbergh puts him in a movie, guess I gotta tough it out for now.

Pettyfer will star in Soderbergh's MAGIC MIKE as (bear with me) the young Channing Tatum, who will also star in the movie as the mentor to young Channing Tatum. Dizzying, yeah. Hair gel companies are almost certainly already jockeying for prime product placement.

The movie was inspired by Tatum's early days as an exotic dancer, which undoubtedly provided enough amusing stories to fill a feature-length movie, and according to Deadline "is the story of a friendship set in the world of male strippers. Tatum plays the title character, who schools a young dancer (Pettyfer) in how to hustle on and off the stage."

Soderbergh also has his George Clooney-starring spy flick THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. and his Liberace biopic to polish off before he supposedly eventually retires. His action flick HAYWIRE is due in August.

Pettyfer will next be seen with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in Andrew Niccol's sci-fi thriller IN TIME, which is the latest title after it went through I'M.MORTAL and NOW.

Extra Tidbit: Seriously though, is there something special about this guy I'm just not seeing?
Source: Deadline

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4:13PM on 05/14/2011
I read this article and had to assure myself we hadn't somehow been transported back to April 1st
I read this article and had to assure myself we hadn't somehow been transported back to April 1st
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3:46PM on 05/14/2011
I hate both of those guys...Pass.
I hate both of those guys...Pass.
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6:46PM on 05/13/2011
I cant believe that Immortal changed to Now and now to In time. What was wrong with Immortal thats a good title the other two suck. Anyways im hip to anything soderbergh
I cant believe that Immortal changed to Now and now to In time. What was wrong with Immortal thats a good title the other two suck. Anyways im hip to anything soderbergh
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2:20PM on 05/13/2011
Watch this be like the best movie of the year or something. Like furreal, furreal? This has to be a dark comedy.
Watch this be like the best movie of the year or something. Like furreal, furreal? This has to be a dark comedy.
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1:09PM on 05/13/2011
Channing Tatum is playing the mentor of Channing Tatum in a movie about Channing Tatum where Channing Tatum is played by someone other than Channing Tatum.

It'll never work, it's far too complicated for Channing Tatum - either of them - to understand.

Channing Tatum is playing the mentor of Channing Tatum in a movie about Channing Tatum where Channing Tatum is played by someone other than Channing Tatum.

It'll never work, it's far too complicated for Channing Tatum - either of them - to understand.

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9:44AM on 05/13/2011
I keep trying to think of something bad to say about this, but all that is running through my head right now is 'Showgirls with Schlongs', and that sounds pretty hilariously entertaining to me. Can we petition that the title be changed to that?
I keep trying to think of something bad to say about this, but all that is running through my head right now is 'Showgirls with Schlongs', and that sounds pretty hilariously entertaining to me. Can we petition that the title be changed to that?
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9:41AM on 05/13/2011
this sounds like Boogie Nights for fucktards. worst movie idea I have read all year.
this sounds like Boogie Nights for fucktards. worst movie idea I have read all year.
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7:43AM on 05/13/2011
Maybe Soderberg just really hates Channing and is gonna take one of the biggest piss takes in Movie history.
Maybe Soderberg just really hates Channing and is gonna take one of the biggest piss takes in Movie history.
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6:25AM on 05/13/2011

I thought Soderberg was retiring?

He should follow his own advice. This is hilarious in its own right.
He should follow his own advice. This is hilarious in its own right.
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5:12AM on 05/13/2011

Haha

I guess Tatum didn't make the casting.

Soderberg: "Sorry Channing, but I think we're looking for something else here"...
I guess Tatum didn't make the casting.

Soderberg: "Sorry Channing, but I think we're looking for something else here"...
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9:33AM on 05/13/2011
"I guess Tatum didn't make the casting."

Except for the part where "Tatum plays the title character."
"I guess Tatum didn't make the casting."

Except for the part where "Tatum plays the title character."
1:12PM on 05/13/2011
He was obviously being sarcastic here about Channing Tatum not being a good enough actor to get the part of playing himself.
He was obviously being sarcastic here about Channing Tatum not being a good enough actor to get the part of playing himself.
4:13AM on 05/13/2011

WTF!!!

If he wants to make a movie about Channing tatum ,why not put Channing tatum in it it...he's not dead!Movie should not be made in the first place lol!!!!
If he wants to make a movie about Channing tatum ,why not put Channing tatum in it it...he's not dead!Movie should not be made in the first place lol!!!!
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3:14AM on 05/13/2011
Seemingly itīs time Soderbergh retires, with such shitty things in mind!!!
Seemingly itīs time Soderbergh retires, with such shitty things in mind!!!
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2:20AM on 05/13/2011
This is perfect casting. I can't think of anyone better than Pettyfer to play a guy who can't act.
This is perfect casting. I can't think of anyone better than Pettyfer to play a guy who can't act.
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1:52AM on 05/13/2011
A movie about a young current actor's life as a stripper and played by someone else? I dont get it?
A movie about a young current actor's life as a stripper and played by someone else? I dont get it?
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1:46AM on 05/13/2011

Can't do him justice.

Clearly, he doesn't have the hypnotizing eyes that Channing has.
Clearly, he doesn't have the hypnotizing eyes that Channing has.
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12:52AM on 05/13/2011

HUH???

So let me get this straight. Alex is playing a younger version of tatum who is already young to begin with. And tatum is playing the mentor of the young tatum. Is that right?
So let me get this straight. Alex is playing a younger version of tatum who is already young to begin with. And tatum is playing the mentor of the young tatum. Is that right?
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4:08AM on 05/13/2011
Confusion is so clear by now...
Confusion is so clear by now...
12:29AM on 05/13/2011
This makes less than no f**king sense but whatever the f**k. Maybe Soderbergh's losing his sh*t.
This makes less than no f**king sense but whatever the f**k. Maybe Soderbergh's losing his sh*t.
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12:16AM on 05/13/2011
So i guess it is true, Tatum is too bad of an actor to even play himself
So i guess it is true, Tatum is too bad of an actor to even play himself
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12:04AM on 05/13/2011
A biopic about Channing Tatum? What next, a biopic about some other ineffectual "actor" who hasn't had a single memorable role, or even an interesting effect on the public? I mean seriously, on the most basic level I know who Channing Tatum is. He's some guy who's been in a few movies. But so what? Why the fuck should I give one damn about his stripper days? Hey, how about we get a biopic about Dennis Rodman's acting career?
A biopic about Channing Tatum? What next, a biopic about some other ineffectual "actor" who hasn't had a single memorable role, or even an interesting effect on the public? I mean seriously, on the most basic level I know who Channing Tatum is. He's some guy who's been in a few movies. But so what? Why the fuck should I give one damn about his stripper days? Hey, how about we get a biopic about Dennis Rodman's acting career?
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11:34PM on 05/12/2011

So this is really a gay porn, right?

Right?
Right?
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11:27PM on 05/12/2011

Having had the (dis)pleasure of working with him

I was thrilled when teenage girls failed to turn out for both "I Am Number 4," and "Beastly." The fact that this douchebag gets to work with Soderbergh now is, frankly, heartbreaking - even if it is on a film that will probably be more "The Informant!" than, say, "Out of Sight." and to answer your tidbit? No. There's NOTHING special about him.
I was thrilled when teenage girls failed to turn out for both "I Am Number 4," and "Beastly." The fact that this douchebag gets to work with Soderbergh now is, frankly, heartbreaking - even if it is on a film that will probably be more "The Informant!" than, say, "Out of Sight." and to answer your tidbit? No. There's NOTHING special about him.
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12:08AM on 05/13/2011
What did you work on with him?
What did you work on with him?
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