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Channing Tatum is an "amateur" say stripper pals

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Channing Tatum: Poser?

Female fans can't wait for Magic Mike to hit theaters on June 29, largely thanks to Channing Tatum's skills on the dance floor. However, his former stripper coworkers think his moves suck. Find out what they have to say.

Magic Mike is being described as a film loosely based on Channing Tatum's life as a stripper, but his former coworkers are calling foul on the whole thing. The ex-stripper pals — Thomas "Awesome" Austin and London Steele — told TMZ that the whole storyline and dance moves are ripped off from them. Austin even said he coined the name "Magic Mike" for another stripper.

Basically, they're just mad that they weren't asked to be in the movie.

"He and his former male dance buddies are like a 'brotherhood' and, while they're happy for Channing's success, they feel betrayed by the actor for not involving any of them in the film," TMZ wrote.

Sounds like a couple someones are jealous.

Oh, but they "took Tatum under their wings" and taught him everything they know, including "The Hot Seat" featured in the film. "He only danced for 4 months. How many events could have happened to him?" Austin mused to TMZ.

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Hey, genius: It's called "loosely based" for a reason — it's not supposed to be true.

Anyway, it seems like this is a case of people trying to ride the coattails of someone else's success. Plus, Tatum's wife, Jenna Dewan, is happy with the film, so we suppose that's the only person that matters to him.

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"I'm a dancer, I grew up as a dancer and he's an amazing dancer," she told E! of her husband of three years. "But there were moments in that movie where I was like, 'I gotta give it to you — I could not have done that. That was amazing.'"

"I was prepared. I knew what was coming, but I think the movie is amazing," she added. "I'm happy for people to see it. He's so good in it. I'm just so proud."

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