Many of us have had it happen when you get a little bit of success, the people from your past decide you owe them, and that’s what Channing Tatum is saying after being accused of stealing views, names and stories for ‘Magic Mike‘ from fellow strippers London Steele and Thomas ‘Awesome’ Austin.
Channing Tatum remained quiet after TMZ broke the story from two male strippers that worked with the actor back in the day, but he broke his silence in a press conference saying that that two men have been trying to make a buck off him since he broke into acting. He even stated that London Steele was the one who sold the infamous video that showed how the actor struggled to make a living while struggling for his big break. Naturally, lawyers are already circling around the two men accusing Tatum of stealing hoping to get some settlement money from the film.
London Steele and Thomas ‘Awesome’ Austin are claiming that Tatum stole their life stories, dance movies and even the name of the film from them. Austin created a video talking about his time with Tatum and how he stole their biggest move that’s used in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Magic Mike‘ called the ‘hot seat’. Of course, they’re coming out with all this just when the film’s about to open this Friday. Originally, the film was said to be based on Tatum’s past experiences as a stripper, but then the actor said it wasn’t. The only similarity he said was that it was a movie about male strippers and he once was one. This is one of those cases that just reeks of sleaziness, and if the two ex-strippers land the right lawyer, the film can be stopped unless a settlement’s paid. With these kinds of things, I’m sure Tatum used some of the experiences from that world since we all pull material from what we’ve gone through so there’s going to be some blurring of what was real and what was fictionalized. Tatum even gave London Steele some credit by saying ”Literally, London was one of the guys that sold the video,” he said. “Thank God that my friend here [Soderbergh] saw it and we made a movie from it.”
“Those guys have been trying to make money off of me since I got into this business,” Tatum has said to reporters. “Look, there’s nothing that’s factual in this whole movie other than that I was an 18-year-old kid and went into this world and I dropped out of college from playing football and was living on my sister’s couch. There’s not one character that I took from my real life; this is just a world that I went into, and I had a perspective on. And we created everything from a fictional place. I don’t want to say anything bad about them because they’re part of the reason why I think this world is so interesting,” he said. “They’re very interesting, intriguing and bizarre characters, and I’m thankful for weird people out there. They’re some of the most creative people.”
Already, there’s two different reports about how ‘Magic Mike’ came about. Tatum told MTV that the idea came when he casually mentioned to Soderbergh about his past while Variety reports that the actor had originally approached Nicolas Winding Refn to do the film. So you can see how everyone remembers things differently, and this is what makes lawyers love litigation! So, unless the stripping duo find a lawyer who can pull an injunction on the film, enjoy ‘Magic Mike’ with Matthew McConaughey, Adam Rodriquez, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer this Friday. Here’s our review of it.