Channing Tatum accused of stealing ‘Magic Mike’ story?
While many are feeling quite ecstatic about upcoming male-stripper flick Magic Mike, two of Channing Tatum’s former stripping colleagues are less then impressed. According to TMZ.com Thomas (Awesome) Austin and London Steele, both of whom previously stripped with Tatum, claim that he ripped off their personal stories for his upcoming film Magic Mike.
Tatum has claimed that the movie is based on his short-lived career as a male stripper before he made it in Hollywood.. At the time, Tatum was going by the stage name of ”Chan Crawford.”
“I did this for about eight months of my life, and I told [director Steven] Soderbergh about it, and he was just like, ‘Look, we have to make this into a movie,’” Tatum previously told MTV News.
But Austin feels otherwise, telling TMZ that even the film’s title, is a name he originally came up with for another dancer.
The two also claim they taught Tatum some of their stage moves, including “The Hot Seat” which is featured in the film.
Austin goes on to explain that Channing was an “amateur” when he met him, saying “he only danced for 4 months. How many events could have happened to him?”
Maybe Tatum might not be telling the complete truth about his previous days as a male stripper, but then again if we get to see this…
Do we really care?
What are your thoughts?