Channing Tatum's Past Is Darker Than You Thought

Channing Tatum, as we know him in 2014, is a lovable hunk of a family man and seemingly a standup citizen.

Flash back to his pre-fame days as a stripper, and his image was decidedly less clean cut (and we're not even talking about the part where he shook his junk for the ladies to earn cash).

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In a candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Tatum opens up about his dalliances with drugs and alcohol during his dancer days.

I wouldn't say I was losing myself in drugs because I wasn't doing anything habitually. Just experimenting. Experimenting, I would say. Never the big ones -- crack or heroin. I never OD'd or anything. Never.

Pressed about which of the hard stuff he was hitting, Tatum replied,

Maybe (cocaine) a couple of times, but that was later. Drinking was probably the biggest (thing). I didn't look at drinking as a problem. It wasn't at that point, and I still don't think it's a problem. But at that time in my life, it was, 'Let's go out and have a great time.'

While it's refreshing to hear a celebrity speak so frankly, the cynic in me wonders if it's a Hollywood ploy to make Tatum seem grittier for future meatier roles (like the one he plays in Foxcatcher opposite Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell). Can an actor just be an actor and not have to have some sort of past or personal demons to be taken seriously? Sure, a few have done it, but in a society where we constantly hear celebrities talk about their wish for more privacy, it always appears a little suspect when they willingly share parts of their lives that are typically reserved for loved ones.

Regardless of motives, Tatum's career is certainly on a hot streak. Up next is Jupiter Ascending with Mila Kunis, Magic Mike XXL, Hail, Caesar! with George Clooney, and 23 Jump Street.

Do Channing Tatum's admissions make you view him differently?


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