There are two guys claiming that Channing Tatum wouldn’t have had any material for his new stripper movie “Magic Mike” if it weren’t for them. The dancers, Thomas “Awesome” Austin and London Steele claim that they worked with Channing when he was a stripper in Florida and that the movie is more centered around their experiences and not Channing’s. Interesting. They also feel as if Channing betrayed them by snatching up their signature moves and not involving them in the flick.
Now, Channing is responding to the reports that he stole the stories for the movie. He said, “Those guys have been trying to make money off of me since I got into this business.”
He went on to say, “Look, there’s nothing that’s factual in this whole movie other than that I was an 18-year-old kid and went into this world and I dropped out of college from playing football and was living on my sister’s couch. There’s not one character that I took from my real life; this is just a world that I went into, and I had a perspective on. And we created everything from a fictional place.”
Despite all of that, Channing doesn’t hold any ill will toward his former co-workers. He added, “I don’t want to say anything bad about them because they’re part of the reason why I think this world is so interesting. They’re very interesting, intriguing and bizarre characters, and I’m thankful for weird people out there. They’re some of the most creative people.”
The movie hits theaters on Friday, June 29th — Will you be going to see “Magic Mike”?