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Channing Tatum's stripper past inspired the new film Magic Mike -- but as it turns out, his moves weren't always so smooth. In newly released footage from Tatum's pre-fame dancing days, the actor does the "YMCA" dance -- you know, the one you did for your first-grade talent show? -- and totally screws it up. Watch below!
The amateur video, taken in the late '90s, shows Tatum shaking his butt during a Village People-themed curtain call. Though he messes up the easiest part of the "YCMA" routine (the pointing!), he's still pretty fun to watch, given that he's nearly as buff as his present movie-star self. Taken at a Florida show called "Male Encounter," the video also shows Tatum (who danced under the name Chan Crawford) stripping off a grass skirt during a tribal-themed "Tarzan" number.
Tatum's stripper past first came to light in 2009, when a grainy video the actor stripping down to a white thong hit the Internet. That video was quickly removed, but a year later, the actor came clean on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (even giving Ellen a quickie lap dance!).
Now that he's promoting Magic Mike, Tatum has gotten a lot more candid about his G-string days. Recently, he described his worst-ever stripping costume to Access Hollywood.
"A clown outfit, true story -- not making it up," the 32-year-old actor revealed. "I was like, 'Clowns aren't sexy -- if anything they're scary. Why is this gonna work?'"
Predictably, it did not work. "People didn't know if it was a joke [or] if it was supposed to be for real. No one cheered, no nothing," said Tatum. "That was the last night I did that."
Another time, he sang a camp song while stripping out of a Boy Scouts uniform. Fortunately, all those cringe-worthy moments paid off when he met director Steven Soderbergh.
"I was having a beer with him and I told him that I'd done it," Tatum said of revealing his past to the Magic Mike director. "I started telling him stories... and we just starting putting the pen to paper."
Magic Mike, which has no clowns or "YMCA"-themed numbers (that we know of), opens Friday.