'The Vow' Star Channing Tatum on Love, Marriage and 'Magic Mike'
At the premiere for the romantic drama, the actor talked to THR about his very busy year, and the pressure for his film about male strippers -- based on his real-life experience -- to live up to the hype.
Channing Tatum has a lot to love about his life come this Valentine’s Day. His latest film, the ultra-romantic The Vow, has just hit theaters. He recently appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, he hosted Saturday Night Live and he’s got a slew of movies coming this year, including Magic Mike, a movie about male strippers that is inspired by an experience in his own life.
In The Vow, Tatum, 31, plays Leo, whose wife Paige (Rachel McAdams) is injured in a car crash and loses her memory of the past five years. Leo must fight to help the woman he loves remember him and fall back in love with him.
At the premiere for The Vow, Tatum talked openly about romance, and the love in his own life, wife Jenna Dewan.
“I've been married for two and a half years and if my wife forgot me all of a sudden, I wouldn't know what to do,” Tatum told The Hollywood Reporter at the premiere for the film, which opens in theaters on Friday, Feb. 10. “I don't think anybody would.”
Tatum’s character tries everything he can to get Paige to love him again, but she becomes more frustrated with every day that goes by when she can’t remember. Tatum told THR that he didn’t think there would be a “right” way to handle such a difficult situation.
“The only thing he got right was just loving her as much as he did,” he said. “We never want to actually say this in the movie, but it's about the whole adage of if you love something, let it go, and if it's yours it will come back to you.”
The Vow is inspired by true events, based on the lives of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. Tatum, however, didn’t talk to the family before shooting the film because the director, Michael Sucsy, wanted him to experience it in the moment. “I probably did very little studying for the first time in my life on a character,” said Tatum, whose previous work includes Public Enemies, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Dear John.
When McAdams was portraying Paige, she’d have to be either deeply in love with Tatum’s Leo, or consider him a complete stranger. For Tatum, who is a friend of McAdams’, the change in personality was jarring.
“Rachel's so easy to love as a person. She's such a beautiful soul, and it's weird when she kind of shuts it down,” Tatum said.
Even though the film is packed with dramatic and often heartbreaking scenes, Tatum said that because he and McAdams are friends, they also had plenty of fun on set.
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“Because Rachel and I got along so well and at the same time we probably were laughing in some scenes where we probably should've been more distant from each other,” he said. “But we're not curing cancer, you know. We're having fun, we're shooting movies and we're telling stories and that's so much fun. I love my job.”
The year 2012 will be a big one for Tatum, who’s starring in everything from the comedy 21 Jump Street with Jonah Hill to the action flick G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
But for Tatum, nothing compares to Magic Mike, the male stripper movie that Soderbergh is helming and Tatum is starring in. The story is in part based on Tatum’s own experience as a stripper in Florida was he was younger. The film is already getting plenty of buzz, a fact that Tatum is very aware of.
“We really want it to be good,” he said. “I know it's getting a lot of press and a lot of hype and it's scary when that happens because you just want people to like it, or to understand it.”
Tatum is also a producer on the film, and he worked with Reid Carolin on the screenplay. Tatum said that he and Carolin only had a very small window of time to get the script to Soderbergh, and so they wrote the script in about a month. “It's not all my life, but it's definitely all my experiences,” said Tatum.
“I basically poured all my memories and stories out,” he said. “We just kind of wrote something entirely unique to itself.”
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