This Channing Tatums stripper video (SFW, more or less) will inevitably be everywhere today, so I might as well post it. Otherwise you’d probably type in “stamp collections” and Google would ask “Did you mean Channing Tatum shaking his weiner?” But anyway, as uncovered by Us Weekly, Channing Tatum used to strip in a “Chippendales-style revue called Male Encounter” when he was 18.
The star — who performed under the alias “Chan Crawford” — approached the troupe’s owner London Steele at a now-defunct Florida nightclub about a job.
“He was shy at first, but he really knew how to work the stage,” Steele tells Us, adding that Tatum lip-synched in the act and earned $50 a night (plus tips) during his year-long stint.
“The women went crazy for him!” Steele added. Unfortunately for them, the revue had a strict no-nudity policy. Nevertheless, the actor — who wed his Step Up costar Jenna Dewan on July 11 — was so impressive he caught the eye of a female casting agent [yeah, female, sure] who put him in Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” music video. [via Us]
I’m glad they got to this guy first, who says Channings approached him about a job, before Tatums had a chance to spin the story. Like all models do, you know he’d make it sound like he was just hanging out at the beach or casually playing skee ball with friends when all of a sudden a mysterious stranger offered him money to take his clothes off. They’re never honest enough to tell the real story, which is “Well, I was hanging out in front of the mirror shaking my weiner, and I was thinking to myself, ‘Wow, I’m really good at shaking my weiner.’ And then I thought, ‘Hey, I wonder if I could shake my weiner for money.’”