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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 6, 2012

Channing Tatum Produces Film About His Past As A Macho Dancer In Florida

ONE OF THE hottest actors in Hollywood today is Channing Tatum, who doesn’t hide that he was once an exotic dancer (macho dancer in local parlance.) Born on April 26, 1980 in Alabama, he grew up in Mississippi then finished high school in Tampa, Florida where he’s voted as the most athletic student. It was then he worked as a dancer in a local club using the name Chan Crawford. In 2000, he was cast as a dancer in Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" music video in Orlando and was paid $400. He moved to Miami and a talent scout got him to be a fashion and TV commercial model. He first tried acting in an episode of “CSI Miami” in 2004 then did supporting roles in films, “Coach Carter” (2005) with Samuel Jackson, “She’s the Man” (2006) with Amanda Bynes and “A Guide in Recognizing Your Saints” (2006) with Robert Downey Jr.

He then did lead roles in “Step Up”, “Fighting”, “Public Enemies”, “G.I. Joe”, “Brotherhood of the Rose” and “Dear John”. While filming “The Eagle”in Scotland, a crew member poured boiling water down his wetsuit and it went into his crotch, severely burning his penis. He said it "pretty much burned the skin off the head of my dick" and "was the most painful thing I have ever experienced in my life." Later, he reports that "Now my penis is fantastic! One hundred percent recovered."

He married actress Jenna Dewan, his leading lady in “Step Up”, in Malibu, California on July 11, 2009. His latest hits include “The Vow”, the reboot of “21 Jump St.” and the current film, “Magic Mike” which he himself produced based on his own experiences as a male stripper. Directed by Steven Soderbergh (who Channing met when they did the action flick “Haywire”), it earned about $40 million when it opened in the U.S. last weekend. It’s a movie that surprised us and we’ll review it in full later.