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Tatum tries Parkour

Aug. 7, 2008by: Dave Davis
Actor/abdomen Channing Tatum came into his sudden and somewhat mystifying fame by trotting around the dance floor in STEP UP, and now he's going to try it across the tops of city buildings.

Nope, not a remake of ROOFTOPS -- Tatum will star in a New Line heist flick involving Parkour (the inspiration for "freerunning"), an urban activity involving humans hurling themselves acrobatically and dangerously over and around obstacles and across rooftops. No other details are known yet, but the movie will be directed by music video guy (and extreme sports enthusiast) Richie Smyth.

I'm not entirely convinced of Tatum's acting yet, but he's certainly putting his ridiculous physical condition to good use -- he's also starring in the street slugfest FIGHTING and next summer's G.I. JOE, and his chiseled cheekbones will be prominently featured as Pretty Boy Floyd in PUBLIC ENEMIES.
Extra Tidbit: As is often pointed out, Parkour was featured in the opening of CASINO ROYALE... but a far better example is the French action flick DISTRICT B13, which co-starred one of the sport's originators, David Belle.
Source: Variety

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2:56PM on 08/08/2008
NO, Parkour and free running are different. Free running is exactly what it sounds like, crazy acrobatic moves over and through whatever environment they are in. Parkour is the 'art' of going from one spot to another in the fastest way possible, they dont emphasize stunts and tricks because it is considered wasteful movement and is pointless. (i.e. free running is for fun...Parkour is for running from cops or James Bond.)
NO, Parkour and free running are different. Free running is exactly what it sounds like, crazy acrobatic moves over and through whatever environment they are in. Parkour is the 'art' of going from one spot to another in the fastest way possible, they dont emphasize stunts and tricks because it is considered wasteful movement and is pointless. (i.e. free running is for fun...Parkour is for running from cops or James Bond.)
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2:27PM on 08/08/2008
Actor/abdomen Channing Tatum

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Actor/abdomen Channing Tatum

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5:10AM on 08/08/2008
No Parkour IS free running. You might be thinking of Capoeira.

What worries me is - David Belle is a free runner - so having him perform it in B13 was a joy to behold. But, unless this guy has been practicing it for the last 10 years in his free time, how can he even scratch the surface of what Belle can do?
No Parkour IS free running. You might be thinking of Capoeira.

What worries me is - David Belle is a free runner - so having him perform it in B13 was a joy to behold. But, unless this guy has been practicing it for the last 10 years in his free time, how can he even scratch the surface of what Belle can do?
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12:23AM on 08/08/2008
Tatum is cool, loved "Guide to Recognizing Your Saints", looking forward to Public Enemies, and i actually liked Step Up to a certain extent, but I LOVE District B13, and heavily looking forward to District B14.
Tatum is cool, loved "Guide to Recognizing Your Saints", looking forward to Public Enemies, and i actually liked Step Up to a certain extent, but I LOVE District B13, and heavily looking forward to District B14.
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12:17AM on 08/08/2008
Aren't Parkour and freerunning two different sports?


Well, it could be interesting.
Aren't Parkour and freerunning two different sports?


Well, it could be interesting.
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