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Channing Tatum has no delusions that he's the best actor in Hollywood, but he might just be the best interview.
For a new profile in Details magazine, Tatum got the reporter drunk and took him shooting at a gun range, helped a woman take care of her car on the side of the road, and taught his dog to do a Dirty Dancing trick.
But the interview's most interesting revelation is that the 31-year-old stripper-turned-actor is completely understanding of the fact that people don't consider his acting abilities to be his greatest strength. And that's why he's taken the roles he has -- to help himself become a better actor.
"I wanted to learn from Rachel (McAdams) on The Vow. I wanted to learn from Lasse Hallstrom on Dear John -- he did The Cider House Rules and What's Eating Gilbert Grape," Tatum says. "I didn't go to acting school, so my knowledge of story, filmmaking and character comes from just being on set and doing it. I know I'm not the best actor. But I hope my characters are getting better."
And it seems like they are. In addition to The Vow, Tatum also has a remake of 21 Jump Street coming out this year, as well as a G.I. Joe sequel and two films with director Steven Soderbergh: the action-thriller Haywire and the male-stripper extravaganza Magic Mike. Most importantly, everyone who's ever worked with him is firmly in the Channing Tatum camp.
"The studio wanted another traditional comedy person, the kind I always work with. But from day one, I wanted Chan," Jonah Hill tells Details of casting Tatum in the buddy-cop comedy 21 Jump Street. "I needed somebody who looked like an action guy, but with real vulnerability that would make you care about his character. I called him up, not even knowing him, and he just said yes on the phone. That never happens. I'm in awe of the guy. I don't want to sound like a broken record, but Chan's the best."
Soderbergh concurs. "Chan immediately struck me as somebody bright and attentive," the director says. So far he and Tatum have worked on the two previously mentioned films, but they also have several other projects in the works.
Oh, and about that dog trick mentioned earlier: Tatum taught his pitbull Lulu to sprint toward him and jump into the air so he can catch her and twirl her around a la the famous "lift" at the end of Dirty Dancing. We want to know the training process that went into that.