Channing Tatum Says He Used Drugs During His Stripping Career

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Channing Tatum Says He Used Drugs During His Stripping Career
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Channing Tatum Says He Used Drugs During His Stripping Career

Channing Tatum has come out to shed some light into his past as a stripper. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, the star said that he used drugs on a regular basis. According to USmagazine, the star has featured in many movies including Foxcatcher and most recently, Magic Mike XXL.

Magic Mike XXL is actually based on the experiences Tatum went through as a stripper. The setting of the film is identical to what Tatum underwent when he was invited to a stripping convention back in the 90s.

The star said he had hoped that the convention would be a collection of many strippers sharing their skills in an exhibition.

Contrary to his expectations, it was nothing different from his usual erotic dance performances except that they would perform to a huge crowd of about 2000 ladies. "I have no idea why it's called a convention," he said.

"The 'convention' was not strippers peddling stripper technology or anything like that. It was just a big show with 50 to 70 strippers and 2,000 to 3,000 women. It was crazy. They attacked me every night."

Of all his performances, Tatum said he can never forget one incident where a lady went wild during his lap dance performance. "The lady goes, 'Oh my God! Look at you! You remind me of my nephew!' — and then grabs me," Tatum said.
"It hit me like a hand grenade. It was like tick, tick, tick, boom: She's grabbing my butt and saying, 'You remind me of my nephew.'"
The star said he did not strip until he was 19 years. His career started shortly after he had stopped attending lectures at South Florida University. He was making a lot of money but he was not using it wisely.
This is because he had to go clubbing and drinking with his peers. Back then the experience was quite thrilling because he could buy anything that he wanted.
"On a good night, [I made] 150 bucks. On a bad night, 70 bucks — even 50 at times," he said. The actor stated that he had tried several drugs just to satisfy his curiosity but alcohol was always at the top of his list. He actually pointed out that he didn't see any problem in taking a few bottles of beer.
"I wouldn't say I was losing myself in drugs because I wasn't doing anything habitually," he reasoned. "Just experimenting. Experimenting, I would say. Never the big ones — crack or heroin. I never OD'd or anything. Never.
" As for cocaine? "Maybe a couple times, but that was later," he said. "Drinking was probably the biggest [thing]. I didn't look at drinking as a problem. It wasn't at that point, and I still don't think it's a problem. But at that time in my life, it was, 'Let's go out and have a great time.'"
Concerning his comments that revolve around alcohol, the actor said they did not mean anything. They were used to reflect on his thirst for alcohol. "It was something said that wasn't meant to be factual," he claimed.
"It was said in context with the glutton side of myself. I'm constantly a flip-and-flop of extremes. I take care of it, to an extent — and then I kind of knock it all down and destroy the sand castle. All I meant was that I do things in extreme."

His parents and siblings are now on high alert because they did not know about his stripping performances until they saw him on TV during Ellen DeGeneres back in 2010. Tatum said his father wondered why he had to go to such an extreme because he was still young and his parents were always there to pay his bills.
"We were walking together, and my dad said: 'Why? You didn't need the money. We always provided,'" Tatum told THR. "I told him it had nothing to do with him. That was my road. That was the road I had to take."

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