We've Got Hollywood Covered

Channing Tatum Dances Madonna’s Vogue, Teases Return to Stripping: ‘I’ll Never Say Never’ (Video)

The “Magic Mike XXL” star tells Vanity Fair, “I wouldn’t mind going out there and doing it one more time. Or maybe twice”

“Magic Mike XXL” star Channing Tatum appears on the cover of Vanity Fair’s August issue and talks about the idea of a return to stripping, the death of the movie star and the kinds of movies he wants to make in the future.

The star who first broke out in the 2006 dance film “Step Up” also showed off some fancy footwork in a video clip on the magazine’s website, performing everything from the chicken dance to a Madonna-style vogue.

Tatum, who began his career as a male stripper, said in the interview that he won’t rule out the possibility of doing it again, but admits that the work attire can be a awkward.

“Well, we’re going to start a [‘Magic Mike’] show in Vegas, and I’ll never say never,” he said. “I wouldn’t mind going out there and doing it one more time. Or maybe twice. But, you know, every time I’ve put on a thong and am getting ready to walk onstage again, I’m like, ‘Why do I want to do this?’ It’s very uncomfortable to be in a thong in front of a thousand people.”

Also in the interview, the star of “Magic Mike XXL,” last year’s “Foxcatcher” and the upcoming Coen brothers movie “Hail, Caesar!” brushed off the idea that he’s a new generation of movie star. In fact, he said that the kind of movie stars from the past can’t exist in the age of social media.

“The Brad Pitts, the Leos, the Downeys: Why aren’t there new versions of those guys? I think people just know too much about actors, about everything. Behind the scenes,” Tatum said. “I used to go see movies to watch people because I didn’t know anything about them. The only time I got access was in a movie. I wanted to go see the movie because I hadn’t seen my guy in a while.”

Tatum also looked back on “Step Up,” on which he met his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum. The actor admitted that they recently rewatched the film with some misgivings. “It was hard because you’re like, ‘Wow, I remember it being so much better,'” he said.

“I think for a while I’m going to try to make movies that, even if they don’t make a dollar, I’ll still be so proud to be a part of them that it won’t matter,” Tatum said.

Read the full cover story at Vanity Fair.

VF August Cover (1)

Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair