Hollywood feud alert! There have been rumors that Channing Tatum wasn’t exactly a fan of his ‘Magic Mike’ co-star Alex Pettyfer. Now, Alex is confirming those rumors. He was not involved in last summer’s ‘Magic Mike XXL.’
Alex explained why the two actors don’t get along and even admits part of the problem is his fault. When asked if the rumors were true that Alex and Channing had a falling out during ‘Magic Mike,’ he said:
It’s true. Because Channing Tatum does not like me – and for many reasons [and] many being my own fault.”
Alex said that Channing had been uncertain about casting him in ‘Magic Mike’ in the first place due to his “bad boy” reputation (such as calling LA an “insidious pool” and saying he had “thank you” tattooed on his crotch in case he forgot to say it in an interview).
[Tatum] was not sold on me being a part of this film because he looked upon me as being a risk.”
‘Magic Mike’ director Steven Soderbergh vouched for him.
Unfortunately, once they started shooting the movie, things got worse. Alex explained:
I didn’t speak on the movie. I was scared to speak. I actually did my work and I sat in the corner and listened to music because I had been told that anything I do is wrong by my reps.
“I was very insecure as a human being and that also gave me a bad rep because they said, ‘Oh Alex thinks he’s f—— better than everyone else because he doesn’t speak to anyone,’ and that’s not true. I was just genuinely nervous and scared to be myself. I was in character.”
Well, that sounds like a tough situation. It surely doesn’t help matters that his ‘Magic Mike’ character wasn’t exactly likable. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Alex then moved out of an apartment that Channing’s friend was renting to him and didn’t pay the rent.
They asked for the four months rent, which in hand I should have paid there and then. What happened was my cousin passed away, his lungs collapsed and he died … and I was devastated and dealing with family drama and forgot about the situation which was the apartment.
“And I all the sudden got a very negative email from Channing, rightfully so, saying ‘Don’t f— my friends. You owe money. Pay the f—— money. Don’t be a clown.’
“I really took that the wrong way, which I shouldn’t have, and emailed him back and said ‘Listen I’m in a really negative situation, negative head-space could you respect me for a moment and blah blah blah.’ And then I just got hounded through this time of grieving for money, and by the end of it I just basically said ‘F— them. What is money when life is so much more. I’m not dealing with this and I’m not paying. And I should have just paid.”
Yeah, that’s true: part of being an adult is having to take care of your responsibilities no matter what else is going on at the time. Despite what happened with the rent, however, Alex said that Channing was “just looking for an excuse not to like” Alex. When the cast had to do reshoots, Alex said Channing:
had already told everyone he didn’t like me and what Channing says goes because he’s a movie star.”
However, he said he doesn’t have all bad memories of filming ‘Magic Mike.’
Channing was actually an incredible influence on me because after this whole situation happened – this was kind of the end of my immaturity and all my experiences put into one – and Steven Soderbergh was a huge part of that as well and I owe my life to that man. It was an incredible experience making Magic Mike. I wouldn’t replace it for anything.”
I can see why Alex was drawn into acting: he certainly has a dramatic side! It sounds like he’s matured, however, and that’s a good thing. What else can we do in life except learn from our mistakes and not repeat them? Maybe he and Channing will be able to move past this one day.
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