In recent years Channing Tatum has become a megastar in Hollywood. He does everything from Tarantino films to Brom Coms with Jonah Hill.

You may know him best as a stripper in the Magic Mike series, but if you're a true Tatur Tot, then you'll love these lesser known facts about him.

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1/22. Channing severely burned the end of his penis during the filming of The Eagle when a crew member poured boiling water down his wet suit in an attempt to keep him warm. The water would normally be diluted.

2/30. His big break was being cast in Ricky Martin's music video "She Bangs," where he was paid $400 for a seven day shoot.

3/22. Magic Mike's $6.5 million budget was self-financed by Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh.

4/22. Emma Watson was so weirded out by his performance in This is the End that she had to leave the set.


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5/22. He has modelled for Abercrombie & Fitch, Dolce & Gabbana and Aeropostale.

6/22. He claims that having a child made him 'fappy' - fat and happy.

7/22. His family has lived in the American South for many generations, at least since the 1700s.

8/22. The "Chicago" scene in Jupiter Ascending was the longest sequence in the script and, on it's own, required Mila Kunis and Tatum to film every day for six months.



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9/22. Has said of male stripping: "Men go to strip clubs for a pretty simple reason. It's a carnal, visual thing. The point of male stripping is to bring women onstage and embarrass them so their friends can cheer them on. Women go to watch their friends' faces turn red and to have a night of camaraderie with their girlfriends."

10/22. The scene in Foxcatcher where he breaks the mirror is real and was unscripted. He got so into the role that it just happened.

11/22. He worked as a construction worker, a mortgage broker, a salesman at the cologne counter of Dillard's, and a worker in a puppy/kitty nursery before started a modelling career.


12/22. He was sent to a military school in ninth grade, where he joined the football team and intended to get a scholarship to play after graduation.


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13/22. He moved from Alabama to Mississippi at age 6, where his family lived on a bayou.


14/22. His being cast as Jody Domergue in Quentin Tarentino's The Hateful Eight could be viewed as an homage to Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), where Leone cast Henry Fonda as the primary antagonist.


15/22. He auditioned for the role of Gambit in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) before the role was eliminated, but will portray him in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).

16/22. He received a full athletic football scholarship at Glenville State College in West Virginia, but he dropped out of college.


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17/22. His favourite childhood film was the adventure comedy film The Goonies.

18/22. He was originally very intimidated by the idea of dancing in the Step Up movies, since he was not a professional dancer.

19/22. He made the transition from modelling to acting because he did not find modelling challenging enough.

20/22. He became a father for the 1st time at age 33 when his wife Jenna Dewan Tatum gave birth to their daughter Everly Elizabeth Maiselle Tatum on May 31, 2013.


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21/22. He learned 1940's style tap dancing for the Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar!, in which he plays an actor working in a 1950 musical/dance movie called "Last Call".

In a barroom scene, with a dozen dancing sailors, his dance work required highly acrobatic tap combined with swing style. Doing his own work, one number included going from a standing position in front of the bar to a sustained handstand on the edge of the bar, culminating in somersaults to the end of the bar.

22. He passed on the film 21 Jump Street twice before being convinced by Jonah Hill to take the role.


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