Channing Tatum “F–king Hates” ‘G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra’

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I used to have Sirius satellite radio, but that was back when I had to commute to my job. Now, I roll out of bed, pick myself up off the ground, stagger into my little office and the work day begins. So, I’ve been without Howard Stern for several years now, not because I ever tire of listening to his show (it is the best radio out there by a mile) but because it just wasn’t worth paying for something I’d only be able to listen to while driving five minutes to the gym. That said, it’s nice to see Stern is still delivering with his celebrity interviews and at this point a celeb has to realize if they’re going in to talk with Stern they better be ready to discuss details.

Not only does Stern discuss Tatum’s movies as he’s out promoting Magic Mike XXL, he asks about a comment “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke made to Harper’s Bazaar earlier this year about meeting Tatum and his wife, Jenna Dewan, and saying something to the effect of: “I cannot contain this. Please, can we all have something sexual together? You’re both beautiful, even just a hug.” Stern, obviously, asked about this and Tatum’s response is rightly cagey, but also says a little more about the meeting:

Howard Stern: I love this story because it makes me f**king crazy. The girl who plays the Khaleesi has said in an interview that she met you and your wife – you’re a very good-looking couple – and she said, you know what? I would offer myself to them in a threesome. I would like to do anything sexual with them. When she says something like that, does your wife turn to you and say, “Shit, another f**king broad trying to get in on my action”? Or is there any entertaining of that, because that could be very hot.

Tatum: If anyone she would entertain, it would be Khaleesi from “”Game of Thrones”. It was after the Oscars, we had all had some drinks or something.

Stern: So you met the Khaleesi, and she comes out and says this the next day. Did you catch a vibe when you were talking to the Khaleesi?

Tatum: She said it. She said something like that to us. I don’t remember the exact words.

If Tatum wasn’t so casual about it I’m not sure the story would be nearly as good, but the honesty mixed with Tatum’s demeanor is too perfect. And speaking of honesty, when asked about the dreadful G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra it seems Tatum’s opinion matches with ours.

Tatum: I’ll be honest, I f**king hate that movie. I was pushed into doing that movie. From Coach Carter, they signed me for a three-picture deal…

Stern: And Coach Carter you got good reviews, right?

Tatum: Yeah. I don’t think they were reviewing me as much as Sam Jackson. I was just like the token white kid in the movie. So I’m sitting there and they give you the contract, and they go, “Three-picture deal, here you go.” You’re like, “Oh my God, that sounds amazing, I’m doing that!” Even the options go from like 60 grand to 80 grand to 100 grand, and I’m like, “Oh my God, that’s so much money.”

Time goes by, you get other jobs and you’re building your quote and you have a dream job that you want to go do, and the studio calls. They’re like, “Hey, we’ve got a movie for you, we’re going to send it to you.” It’s right during the writers’ strike and it’s G.I. Joe and I’m like, “I love G.I. Joe, can I play Snake Eyes?” and they’re like, “No. You’re playing Duke.”

Stern: Most people would be thrilled. You’re G.I. Joe.

Tatum: The script wasn’t any good and I didn’t want to do something that 1.) I’m a fan of since I was a kid, and 2.) I didn’t know if I wanted to be G.I. Joe.

A good story idea would be to go back and make a top ten of the best and worst films to come out of that writers’ strike because it clearly had an effect an damn near an entire year of films, blockbusters especially.

Tatum also discusses his work on the 21 Jump Street films and as for that Ghostbusters movie he was supposedly involved in (no, not the Paul Feig one), he says, “That thing’s gotten messy. There’s a lot of people doing a lot of things on Ghostbusters, so I don’t know… look, I would love to do it, but there’s a lot of people in the Ghostbusters pool. We’re in a bit of a gestation period.”

You can listen to the full interview below using YouTube or a couple clips using Soundcloud. [via Film Drunk]

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