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Here Are Some Things You May Not Know About Channing Tatum

10. He died & lived to tell the tale

In September 2012, Twitter lit up with the news that Tatum had died in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland. Fans were relieved when the story turned out to be a hoax.

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11. He’s not afraid to get political

In December 2017, he urged voters in Alabama to get to the polls.

12. Magic Tatum

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Magic Mike was loosely based on the actor’s life. It turns out he really was a roofer who moonlighted as a stripper at a local club according to the Sydney Morning Herald. His stage name was Chan Crawford and he later moved to Miami where he was discovered by a modeling scout.

Tatum was also a real clown back in his stripping days. He wore a clown costume and stripped to “99 Red Balloons” one night at the strip club. Needless to say, the ladies were not feeling it.

13. He’s a fighter

Tatum has practiced the art of kung fu — Wuzuquan kung fu, more specifically. As a child, he trained under 10th dan Grandmaster Chee Kim Thong.

14. He started two production companies

Not only does he dance and act, but Tatum is a budding businessman as well. He started two production companies, 33andOut Productions and Iron Horse Entertainment with Dewan and his friend Brett Rodriguez. Their first production was a documentary on Rwandan President Paul Kagame and genocide survivor Jean-Pierre Sagahutu titled Earth Made of Glass.

15. He’s worth millions

Tatum’s net worth is $50 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.

16. Being a kid wasn’t easy for him

Tatum battled ADHD and dyslexia while growing up.

“I wasn’t very good in school, I have dyslexia so I wasn’t able to read like other kids,” he told Italia Vogue. “After a period of taking drugs to improve my learning I started feeling depressed and thought a lot about suicide. So, after a couple years I said enough, no more pills.”

Tatum also never went to acting school and dropped out of college shortly after receiving a full athletic football scholarship at Glenville State College in West Virginia.

17. He loves killing time on Pinterest

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Tatum revealed during an AMA in June 2015 many interesting tidbits about himself, including that he loves Pinterest. When asked what his favorite thing to do when he’s having a bad day is, he responded: “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.”

It’s truly a work of art.

18. He’s movie magic

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Steven Soderbergh — Tatum’s Magic Mike director — once bragged about our favorite on-screen stripper in an issue of GQ.

“You know, the guy had three movies do $100 million in six months — nobody’s ever done that,” Soderbergh said in reference to Magic Mike, The Vow and 21 Jump Street.

A version of this article was originally published in April 2014.

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