Channing Tatum Talks 'Magic Mike 2' & '50 Shades' & Heats Up Our Movie Sex Fantasies

Channing TatumBetween Magic Mike and Fifty Shades of Grey, 2012 is sort of shaping up to be the year of Oh My God, Women Have Sexual Desires Just Like Other Human Beings Do (Holy Cow!). While everyone's inner goddess adjusts to this breaking news from the No-Shit Gazette, I'd like to take the opportunity to point out one savvy Hollywood actor who knows exactly how to cash in on our collective dewy décolletages, and that's Channing Tatum.

I confess I haven't always been convinced of Tatum's superior intellect -- something about his face gave me the impression he was maybe a few beers short of a six-pack -- but now that I've seen his big Magic Mike sequel news and read what he had to say about the Fifty Shades movie? Well, let's just say I'm pretty sure Channing Tatum is a goddamned sexual marketing genius.


Given Magic Mike's popularity, it's probably not terribly surprising to hear that a second movie is already in the works. Still, Tatum wasted no time in putting out a teaser about the sequel to the flick that was loosely based on his own experiences as a male stripper. As he told Glamour UK,

Yes, yes and yes! We're working on the concept now. We want to flip the script and make it bigger.

That's a smart slice of beefcake right there. Not only is Tatum going full steam ahead on the sequel (or prequel, as Joe Manganiello hinted at) while the first movie's still earning buzz, he's sending out just the right kind of hints about what's to come. Nothing specific, just the titillating message that things will, in fact, be "bigger."

Ahem. *fans self*

Plus, Tatum's not making the kind of borderline offensive comments that other castmembers have. Manganiello, I'm sorry to say, managed to turn me off quite a bit with this suggestion for how guys should view Magic Mike:

If you’re a savvy guy [on] Friday, Saturday night, go buy a ticket and hang out in the theater, and go to the lobby afterwords. The girls are going to be all warmed up, ready to go ... It’s like fish in a barrel. It’s like being in the back row of a yoga class or something.

Gross, Manganiello. Not even your abs can salvage you from -- wait, stop taking off your ... okay FINE, you can take off your shirt, but I'm still irritated with -- ooh. Pretty.

Anyway, Tatum also took the VERY popular Hollywood step of throwing his hat into the ring for the eventual Fifty Shades movie, although it's possible he may have muted some of his appeal for that role by saying that he thought his wife should play Ana.

Intriguingly, he's actually much closer to the movie than most of the other actors whose names have been associated with Christian Grey, because he's currently working in a flick based on the life of Evil Knievel -- along with the Fifty Shades producers, Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti. Tatum will not only star in the biopic, he'll be a co-producer, so who knows where these working relationships will go when it comes to the film adaptation of E.L. James' books ... Tatum as Grey? Tatum as producer? Tatum as Marketing & Promotions Director in Charge of All Things Supersexy? My oh my, we'll just have to wait and see.

What's your take on a Magic Mike 2? Do you think Tatum will end up being involved with Fifty Shades of Grey?

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