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.
11. He’s not afraid to get political
In December 2017, he urged voters in Alabama to get to the polls.
12. Magic Tatum
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
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
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.