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I am Channing Tatum, AMA.

What’s up, reddit. Chan here. With the premiere of Magic Mike XXL coming up in a few weeks, I thought I’d expose myself… to your questions. For the next hour, ask away!

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Look, I could sit here and tell you how great the cause is, and if that’s interesting at all there’s information about it and you can go find that. But to be honest, I can promise you that these premieres can be super-lame, but the Magic Mike premiere will be the most fun you will have at one of these things. It’s pretty much all of the cast how we hung out on the movie, and we’re all really good friends, and there will be a ginormous stripshow after the premiere. If you’re into that.

So please enter before my Omaze ends on Friday.

Thank you for your questions. And thank you also to the farting robot. If that makes sense for you at all.

Have you done anything recently that made you think, “I can’t believe I did that?!”

I just went to Iceland and tried to do a small expedition across the glacier and we didn’t make it. We had to be emergency evacuated as there was a white out blizzard which I got to take a poop in. It actually freezes before it hits the ground.

Do you like to play video games?

Yeah I do actually. But I don’t get to do it at all because I become obsessed with them. The last one i got obsessed with was Far cry 3. Probably the most thorough game I ever beat. probably 97%. We would save it so we could go back and make sure we beat it.

What’s currently your favorite TV show and which character do you think embodies you the most?

it’s really hard to not want to be Joffrey on Game of Thrones. My favorite thing that I’ve seen yet wasn’t on tv, it was on Youtube. It was called Kung Fury and it was the best thing I’ve seen in a long time.

How long did that “hahahahahahaa” email take to type?

I’m sure exactly how long. I hit the h and a for a long time before I realized I could copy and paste. I’m not the most tech savvy person around but it did become a lot easier and faster.

Everyone has a golden rule in life, besides having great abs, whats your golden rule?

this is probably going to be superlame but my golden rule is the golden rule. Do onto others as you would have them do onto you. And that’s about it.

So, if you could have one super power, what would it be, and why?

I wish that I could make anyone at any point just happen to be naked. Not for the reasons that everyone thinks. Because people get really nice when they get naked. Like okay, I can’t be an asshole. People aren’t assholes when they get naked (for the most part). They are thinking about what they look like. Shitty answer, I tried to do something funny and it didn’t work.

What is something that not a lot of people know about you?

always a hard question. I think a lot of people of people say how lucky they are. and i don’t think people really understand how lucky i am to even be in a conversation like this right now. It’s nuts.

I mean, I somehow made a lot of right decisions, I’m sure i made a lot of wrong decisions, but I don’t even know the constellation of events that led to me getting there. just how crazy it is. Looking around and seeing how many ridiculously talented people I’m around everyday.

What’s Jonah Hill like?

that’s a complicated one to answer. Jonah is one of the most fascinatingly dualitied people. He can completely be one of the most intellectually smart and quick people that i’ve ever been around, and then he can come down to my level and just be very kid like and just play without any pretension. I love him. He’s like a brother to me.

If you could play someone from history who would it be?

I would actually love to play Genghis Khan. But John Wayne did that. And it wasn’t such a good idea I think.

Does your penis have a nickname?


The world has gotta know, what are the components of your perfect sandwich?

k get ready: it’s very complicated.

bread, white. peanut butter, not crunchy, creamy. grape jelly, double portion, more than you think should actually fit on a piece of white bread. bread. and then some cheetos shoved in there, and then you’re good to go.

Do you do full frontal in magic mike xxl? asking for a friend

haha “for a friend” I do not do full frontal but i can promise you when you’re standing in front of a bunch of people in a very small thong it doesn’t leave a lot to the imagination. Your “friend” should be happy.

How many times is too many times to see Step Up? I think I may have a problem.

Hahahahaha! I guess you need to see it as many times as it takes you to realize how bad my acting is in it. And fast forward to the dancing parts after that.

I read that you had a Care Bears themed birthday party as a kid – so awesome – Which character is your favorite? Do you still have any of your bears?

I was just given a bear for my 35th Birthday by a friend Joanne and it was a bear with a heart on it. The carebear cousins were my favorite. There was the lion and the fast rabbit. Those two were pretty awesome.

You can only bring three things to an island for the rest of your life. What are they and why?

How about a magical seashell that’s always filled with bourbon. And I would like a magical palm tree that had a lot of shade with instead of coconuts there’s just peanut butter jelly sandwiches with cheetos underneath. And my wife that is always happy and possibly naked.

What toppings are on your ideal pizza?

I’m kinda boring. I just like peps. Pepperoni and cheese. i’m not a very adventurous eater. I like what i like and stick to it.

What was the last picture you took with your phone?

The last picture I took on my phone I was going into a meeting and there was a tv on the wall playing CNN and they were talking about Jurassic World shattering box office openings so I sent that to my buddy Pratt. I’m just really proud of him, happy for him. It also said something about southeast Texas weather pressure.

That’s what I was really trying to tell Pratt, to make sure he was aware of a pressure front coming in.

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?

it’s kind of boring. Cookie Dough. But then you can put cookie dough on just about anything and I would eat it.

Is there anything you can tell us about your upcoming Gambit movie?

we finally found someone that I really do believe wants to make Gambit, it will be the second standalone character. And i just really think because Gambit is not the most popular or the biggest hero, I think there’s a really unique opportunity. Marvel’s done a lot of great movies that have made a ridiculous amount of money, and it’s always good to figure how to change the form.

How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?

Oh man. Crossbow, straight up, and I’d want an army of ninja chimpanzees that crush people all around me.

Or I would just go to Sandra Bullock’s house as I’m sure she has all that stuff because she’s dope and kick-ass.

What’s the dirtiest thing a fan has ever said to you?

Oh fuck. God let’s see. No one has anyone said let’s go to the alley and fuck or anything like that. It’s kinda shocking that no one has said that. Their behavior gets bizarre and that’s the strange part. Also othing that anyone would ever say to me would be worse than what’s going on in my head.

What got you into dancing?

To be completely honest, clubbing. i straight learned how to dance in the club. I don’t know how to describe it any other way. I never took a dance class or anything, when i was really really young i remember going to the theater with my mom and my sister, so me and my mom sat in the theater away from my sister and her friends, it was Breakin’ 1, and my mom said after the movie I started trying to do headstands. My mom said i mortified my sister. But i think I was always fascinated by physical things. But I can’t tell you i had any training other than going out to Florida clubs and getting sweaty.

Are you gonna be in Xmen: Apocalypse?

No ma’am, or sir. I definitely will not.

Do you have a favourite Disney character?

I like the broom from Fantasia.

Hello Channing Tatum! This is something I’ve always wanted clarified since it happened…were you ever in Sea-Tac airport at the Chili’s restaurant looking for a beer but IDless? I was the one working there who had to make the difficult decision as to whether we could serve you or not. It all ended with a picture of you giving each of us a peck on the cheek, myself included. It’s still one of my favorite stories to tell so I hope I wasn’t just duped by a very convincing look-alike.

That absolutely was me. Because I love Chili’s. And no one believed me that i got into an airport without my id. I just wanted a beer and some chicken crisps, and i actually couldn’t get either of them for a while, because i remember you guys didn’t have chicken crisps either! what’s a Chili’s without chicken crisps?

Hey, at least you got your beer! You were an absolute pleasure to have there and were very kind. Plus the girls working there were fangirling for days after you left.

thank you very much, my liver thanks you.

If you were a hot dog, and you were starving, would you eat yourself? Also, what is it like to work with Jonah Hill?

Hahahahaha what!

That’s like a psychological profiling question. Yeah, why not. I like to eat. Let’s just be real about it.

Jonah is one of those people who if you just sit back and just watch him you in no way shape or form can understand how he’s doing what he’s doing. He’s the fastest most quickest wittiest person I’ve ever met. And I think people when they think of comedic actors they forget that they are people with a point of view and experiences and depth. And Jonah is one of the most sensitive and deep people i know. And that’s why I think he can be a comedic actor and a deep actor asd well.

Do you ever get lost looking into Matt Bomer’s eyes?

absofuckinglutely. no matter if you’re a man, woman, cat, hamster, you will get lost in matt bomer’s eyes. I don’t know what they are made of outside of dreams and rainbows and amazingness but it truly doesn’t matter. And when he sings. It’s like god gave with both hands and then grew a third hand and graced him with more. he’s crazy talented.

Do you enjoy making millions of people sexually frustrated on a daily basis?

If that’s actually true, then yes.

Kill one, Marry one, and Fuck one… Ray Romano, Danny Devito, and Gilbert Gottfried?

Gilbert Gottfried, Danny Devito and Ray Romano?

I’d fuck Danny Devito, as I was saying earlier it could be fun. I’d marry Ray Romano, because I think he has a pretty solid perspective on marriage. I don’t know who would be the male or female, you figure it out. And I like Gilbert Gottfried but I wouldn’t mind killing him.

Who is your favorite musician and what songs do you like?

Kendrick Lamar is dope. I like kinda everything. I listen to Ben Howard a lot, I mean i love anything pop and I really love old stuff. I’ll put on Nina Simone Pandora and let it rock. I like everything but polka music. No offense to the polka community.

I’ve heard you’re good friends with Shia LaBeouf. What do you think of his recent motivational speech? Did he bring you to tears and inspire you to chase your dreams? Do you think you can make your own motivational video and one-up him?

I did see it and if I understood it I might be able to reply with my own response but I’m not sure I actually understood it.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re having a bad day?

Oh man. I love Pinterest. Swear to god. Just to not think about all the shit I have to do or what’s going wrong, I just go and look at Pinterest. Or flipboard.

Jupiter Ascending? What was that?

Great question. I have the same one to myself.

My fiancé says if I don’t have a body like yours by next summer, she’s leaving me. Any pointers for a sweet six pack?

If you have to have abs for her to stay with you, might be a sign for you to reevaluate how much she loves you. I don’t know. Running dawg. Running and situps.

Tatum. Favorite movie title besides Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL that can double as a porno movie name? Example: “Gone in 60 Seconds”. GO?

She’s the Man. And you can go in a few different creative directions with that and you don’t actually have to change the title at all.

Why did you name your daughter Everly?

I wish I could say i love the Everly Bros but that’s not why we named her Everly. The simple story is my wife was driving down the street one day and heard it in her head. So happy wife happy life. And yeah, I do get nervous to act, it kind of depends on what it is really.

Do you like get nervous before acting or do you just go ahead and do it?

Doing SNL was by far the most terrifying thing that I’ve ever done, because there is a lot of reading involved, and I don’t read that well out loud. I get terrified and freeze up. So it really depends on what kind. If i’m really super prepared and I’m off book, I’m not nervous. There’s no wrong way to do it, just different ways to do it, because you never know what is going to work.

Is it true that in 7th grade you got in a fight because you wore an “I hate pizza” shirt to school?

Hahahaha what? No. But I fucking wish. That sounds like an awesome story. Because I don’t hate pizza. If that did happen I would respect anyone that punched me because I wore that shirt. Because pizza is awesome.

Chan, you’ve talked about how you were diagnosed with ADD as a teenager and how you struggled in school because of that. If you had the opportunity to talk to someone in school dealing with similar circumstances, what would you tell them?

You know it’s a really difficult thing to talk to as a broad answer type thing because everyone’s on a spectrum of ADD and I kind of refuse to call it a disability. Some people really need drugs to help them, and others could maybe go on a different route. So it’s really tough. Whatever you do don’t look at it as a disability and hopefully whatever is helping you understand it will show you the great things about how you can use it to your benefit and not just feel like you have some curse upon you.

My best friend sent me a screenshot of your Twitter yesterday and said “Ask him why he’s so dang hot” So here I am. Channing Tatum, why are you so dang hot?

I don’t know. I wish i could come up with something funny for this answer. My mom is beautiful and my dad doesn’t suck either.

Would you play James Bond if you were offered the role?

Oh that’s tough. It would be a very hard turndown. But i don’t know. There is a very strong strong voice inside that tells me James Bond probably should always be a true United Kingdomer. I’m all down for changing things completely but the true nature of 007 is i feel just very innately english, it shouldn’t be an american putting on an english accent.

How has becoming a Dad changed your life?

It has really really made things wildly more in perspective. I have a very very large appetite for working and doing things and when you put it into the framework of am I going to be proud of telling my daughter I took time away from her to do this project is kinda my gauge right now. It’s taken away a lot of the bullshit.

Who would win in a fight, you or Joe Manganiello?

It would be a messy fight. The light would probably bounce off of his pectoral muscles and blind me.

Can you share some tips/tricks to stay in shape?

Oh man. If you eat it and it makes you happy you probably shouldn’t have it. And if you do it and it sucks you’re probably doing the right thing. But you can’t have one with out the other. A lot of people just work out and don’t actually diet and they wonder why they aren’t getting the results they want, and some people do the exact opposite and wonder the same thing. i really think you have to do both.

Would you rather fight a Danny Devito sized John Stamos or a John Stamos sized Danny Devito? You’re both naked.

Can i just fight a Danny devito sized Danny Devito because I think I could take him and I would be on top or I could just use him as a spinner as I’m assuming we’re going to have sex after we fight if we’re naked.

What is your favorite part of playing Mike?

Mike is just at the end of the day…at the beginning of the first movie he’s just this guy, all these strippers a lot of the guys I grew up with in South Florida were just hustlers, they all had 3 jobs going on and a bunch of dreams essentially that were probably never going to work out because they had no education on how to accomplish any of them, but that’s what i love about Mike. He has all these things he wants to do, and has no education on how to do them, and probably no real understanding of what to make these dreams happen. he just keeps telling himself he’s going to do it until the end of the first movie when he makes a hard decision to stop partying. the second film, you take the gloves off, your realize that you don’t have to walk away from a life, you can still have fun and be responsible.

Mr. Tatum, you’re one of my top 10 favorite actors, and I happen to be a straight male. How do I get away with going to see Magic Mike XXL in the theaters, without my sexuality coming into question?

The funny this is about XXL it is such a movie that is made for women but if I pitched the movie like it’s the movie road trip then guys would see it. Truly it’s just about a bunch of guys being friends and hanging out who just get raunchy with some women at the end of the movie. Everyone will have fun with this movie.

Its great to see you so passionate about the Runa Foundation. How did you first out about this cause?

First I went down to the Amazon with my creative partnet Reid Carolin and the founder of Runa and we stayed with this tribe called the Sapara. I just had never been so deep into a tribe and it just became so apparent to me that we don’t understand of how intertwined they are with their environment. The jungle is their supermarket and their pharmacy. And no one is studying what they use to heal themselves. There used to be 200000 of them and now there’s around 600. Their knowledge is dying with them and we want to help find conserve it.

I loved your support of the LGBTQ community at the LA Pride Parade. Fantastic! From which of your (male) Magic Mike costars would you most like to receive a lap dance?

I am not even joking about this. Kevin Nash. I’ve always wanted to know what it feels like to be tiny in his arms and thrown around.

How can I convince my gf to have a threesome?

Offer her something that she wants if she doesn’t want that. And two it can’t be a double standard. if you want a threesome with a girl then you have to offer her a threesome with a guy. It’s all equal opportunity. So be careful what you ask for.

Do you have to be/live in Amerika to enter the MMXXL contest?

No man! we like all countries all comers. no pun intended.

What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever dumped out?

Does this mean where i fell out of a car or where I took a dump? Please clarify! haha

What do you like to do in your free time?

I have a little 2 year old baby girl and free time is sparse and few an far between and any time that i get is spent with her and my wife. In between all the danny Devito sex and fight sessions.