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Channing Tatum was once a male stripper



Before he became world-famous for pretending to be a life-sized action figure in G.I. Joe (that is, plastic and swivel-armed), Channing Tatum made a living swiveling his hips as a male stripper, Us reports. What, you thought he came to Hollywood based on his brains?

In a 1999 video from a troupe called Male Encounter (watch it above), an 18-year-old Tatum is shown flashing his abs and a whole lot more. He performed under the name Chan Crawford after asking the revue's owner, London Steele, for a job at an unnamed Florida nightclub.

"He was shy at first, but he really knew how to work the stage," Steele told the mag. "The women went crazy for him!"

Tatum lip-synched his performances in the group, which never went fully nude, and earned $50 a night plus tips for a year. His efforts got him cast in Ricky Martin's She Bangs video, another line on his resume we've overlooked -- and another one he probably wishes people didn't know about.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:50am]


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