It really isn't a secret in Hollywood that Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer, who stared together in the Magic Mike movies, aren't the best of friends. However, neither of the stars actually opened up about the argument, until now:
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"It’s true," Pettyfer remarked when asked whether or not the two Magic Mike costars fought on set of the 2012 flick. "Because Channing Tatum does not like me -- and for many reasons [and] many being my own fault."
The actor, who was not invited back for the Magic Mike XXL seqeuel, said that he was facing a bit of insecurity when filming the original:
"I was scared to speak," said to US Weekly. "I actually did my work and I sat in the corner and listened to music because I had been told anything I did was wrong by my reps. I was very insecure as a human being. That also gave me a bad rep because everyone was like, 'Alex doesn't speak because he thinks he's better than everyone else.' That's not true. I was just generally nervous and scared to be myself. I was in character.”
Things then got worse, in a way that was similar to the first movie. Pettyfer was tardy on his rent to Tatum's friend, who was renting him a place. According to Pettyfer, he “couldn’t breathe” in the apartment because he was allergic to something inside of it, he believe it was the mold and dust. After moving out of the unit, Pettyfer said he “forgot” to pay rent due to his cousin’s death.
"All of a sudden,” Pettyfer claims, “I got a very negative email from Channing -- rightfully so -- saying, ‘Don't f—k my friends. You owe money. Pay the f—king money. Don't be a clown.’ And I really took that the wrong way, which I shouldn't have, and emailed him back and said, 'I'm in a real negative headspace and can you respect me for a moment and blah, blah, blah.’ And I got hounded through this time of grieving for money."
“By the end of it,” he continued, “I just said, ‘F—k them, what is money when life is so much more. I'm not paying.’ And I should have just paid. I think he was looking for an excuse to not like me."
From there, Pettyfer had a battle to fight because Channing Tatum was the boss of the movie. Still, Pettyfer does believe that he learned a lot from the situation:
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"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,” he concluded. "It was an incredible experience making Magic Mike. I wouldn't replace it for anything."