CHANNING, IS THAT YOU?
Hollywood's newest It Boy Channing Tatum is everywhere lately. The 29-year old star of this summer's big budget popcorn fllick "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" has no less than eight (!) movies on the way and/or in pre-production. He's also currently playing coverboy for "GQ" Magazine. How appropriate, considering that Tatum was a fashion model before turning to acting. He modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch, Dolce & Gabbana, Nautica, American Eagle, Emporio Armani, and Aeropostale. Not content with just standing and posing, he moved on to acting in commercials before his big break: being cast in Ricky Martin's video for "She Bangs". On the big screen, Tatum helped make the teen-oriented 2006 flicks "Step Up" and "She's the Man" into modest hits, and then went other roles in both independent and major studio films But it seems that somewhere along the way, the 6'2" hottie apparently dabbled in other areas of showbiz as well: At age 18, he performed in a Chippendales-style revue called Male Encounter at a now-closed Florida nightclub under the stage name "Chan Crawford" for about a year. You can watch the video of Channing plying his trade, courtesy of Us Magazine (The more salacious content of his act has been censored, unfortunately...):