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Channing Tatum once auditioned for Fast & Furious and it went horribly wrong

02.05.2016

Although it's probably safe to say that Channing Tatum has achieved major success in the past few years, appearing in films like 21 JUMP STREET, MAGIC MIKE, and HAIL, CAESAR!, it wasn't that long ago when Tatum was just another struggling actor hungry for a breakout role. Tatum's chance at that role may have come earlier than it did, had he not bungled his audition for a film in one of the biggest franchises of the past decade. While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote HAIL, CAESAR!, Channing Tatum discussed his terrible audition for THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT.

I stopped in the middle of the audition, and I was like 'I think we're done right?' I blocked it out mainly, so I don't remember the specifics, but I think it was a combination of probably me being just bad, not remembering the lines, like totally freaked out, I was probably sweating a lot. They didn't even try to stop me, they were like. 'Alright, it's probably a good idea.'

Things obviously worked out for Tatum, but it's interesting to picture him alongside Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and the rest in more FAST & FURIOUS films had he snagged that first role. Channing Tatum wasn't overly broken up about that failed TOKYO DRIFT audition however, as his primary motivation for landing the role was simply that he wanted to visit Tokyo. It's no THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT, but you can catch Channing Tatum in HAIL, CAESAR!, which is now playing in theaters.

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7:31PM on 02/07/2016
As a F&F furious fan, I'd put Tokyo Drift down as my least favoruite movie. Still, I will give it points for giving us Han - and clearly in bringing him back for later movies, those behind the franchise felt the same way too.

As for Channing, probably a blessing in disguise for him. When I read the heading for this story, I actually thought he had auditioned for the role of O'Connor -think he'd have been a good fit for it.
As a F&F furious fan, I'd put Tokyo Drift down as my least favoruite movie. Still, I will give it points for giving us Han - and clearly in bringing him back for later movies, those behind the franchise felt the same way too.

As for Channing, probably a blessing in disguise for him. When I read the heading for this story, I actually thought he had auditioned for the role of O'Connor -think he'd have been a good fit for it.
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2:44AM on 02/07/2016
Tokoyo Drift was awful and killed Lucas Black's career. So, it was good Tatum didn't get the part.
Tokoyo Drift was awful and killed Lucas Black's career. So, it was good Tatum didn't get the part.
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3:03PM on 02/07/2016
He's been on tv for a while, how did it "kill his career", other than not making him a film star.
He's been on tv for a while, how did it "kill his career", other than not making him a film star.
7:26PM on 02/07/2016
I'm pretty sure Black's career has only been affected by his decision to not lose his southern accent for anything he does...or so I read in an interview somewhere.
I'm pretty sure Black's career has only been affected by his decision to not lose his southern accent for anything he does...or so I read in an interview somewhere.
8:52PM on 02/06/2016
As much as I like Paul Walker (may he rest in peace), Channing Tatum could be a nice substitute for Brian O'Conner-like character.
As much as I like Paul Walker (may he rest in peace), Channing Tatum could be a nice substitute for Brian O'Conner-like character.
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3:41PM on 02/06/2016
funny. He could always audition again for another one of the films. Maybe they could introduce him as Paul Walkers brother (Brain O Conner), or a close friend who gets involved with the rest of the gang.
funny. He could always audition again for another one of the films. Maybe they could introduce him as Paul Walkers brother (Brain O Conner), or a close friend who gets involved with the rest of the gang.
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5:12AM on 02/06/2016
They should cast him now and get rid of Diesel cause he's getting pretty boring.
They should cast him now and get rid of Diesel cause he's getting pretty boring.
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10:07AM on 02/06/2016
I think you're dead wrong, if anything he would make an excellent replacement for Paul Walker in future entries.
I think you're dead wrong, if anything he would make an excellent replacement for Paul Walker in future entries.
3:35AM on 02/06/2016
The headline should read Tatum auditions, horribly wrong.
I have yet to see him in anything where he actually acts. Paint drying has more personality.
The headline should read Tatum auditions, horribly wrong.
I have yet to see him in anything where he actually acts. Paint drying has more personality.
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6:08AM on 02/06/2016
cool story bro
cool story bro
11:28AM on 02/06/2016
Absolutely agree. When he's goofy, he's entertaining, but he literally has no depth at all. Ever since he first appeared on screen in G.I. Joe I never got the appeal at all, but it's the audience's fault for going to see his films. Hollywood loves a Pretty Face that just rolls in the $$ no matter the talent. Paint Drying is the perfect expression.
Absolutely agree. When he's goofy, he's entertaining, but he literally has no depth at all. Ever since he first appeared on screen in G.I. Joe I never got the appeal at all, but it's the audience's fault for going to see his films. Hollywood loves a Pretty Face that just rolls in the $$ no matter the talent. Paint Drying is the perfect expression.
7:00PM on 02/06/2016
You clearly haven't seen "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints" then, he was great in that.
You clearly haven't seen "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints" then, he was great in that.
1:14AM on 02/06/2016
He's better off having not gotten the role since his career seems to be doing pretty well at the moment.
He's better off having not gotten the role since his career seems to be doing pretty well at the moment.
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