CATEGORIES Movie NewsWho'd have thought that the guy from Step Up would go on to star in the G.I. Joe franchise? It ain't easy to sidestep typecasting in Hollywood, but Channing Tatum has managed to establish himself as a versatile actor in a relatively short amount of time.
He's done everything from sappy romances like Dear John to ass-kicking action flicks like Haywire. And in the last several years, he's shared the screen with some of the biggest names in the business, including Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Bruce Willis and Rachel McAdams, to name but a few.
Few actors have been able to transition so seamlessly from genre to genre. His range (and ability to land such diverse roles) puts him in an exclusive league in Hollywood. His likable "everyman" quality and quick comedic timing serve him well whether he's chasing bad guys, romancing the ladies or dancing his ass off.
Clearly, nobody puts Channing Tatum in a box. The only genres he has yet to tackle seem to be lavish Victorian period pieces and Shakespeare adaptations. Want proof? Here's a rundown of highlights from his very, very diverse resume to date.
Action: Haywire Even when he's getting his ass kicked by MMA fighter Gina Carano, Tatum retains that impish charm that makes him so endearing. Likeable or not, though, it's still pretty awesome seeing Carano beat all of the men senseless in this mindlessly fun flick.
Romance: The Vow Even though this sappy romance wasn't everyone's cup of tea, it killed at the box office and cemented Tatum's status as a solid box office draw. (And master of making ladies swoon.)
Comedy: 21 Jump Street Tatum's performance was surprisingly well-rounded in what could have been a superficial comedy. He adeptly channeled his vulnerable side as the jock-turned-social-outcast opposite Jonah Hill's quick-witted nerd.
Dance: Step Up It must be hard finding performers who can act and dance, if the typical acting quality in most dance flicks is any indication. But Tatum proved that he's got some serious acting chops on top of his serious dance moves.
Funny-Sexy-Dance-Drama: Magic Mike Tatum's slick dance moves were on display once again in this category-defying flick for the ladies. Magic Mike was the perfect venue to showcase Tatum's broad skill-set: he can dance, he can joke around, he can bail out bros, he can romance ladies. Is there anything he can't do?
Thriller: Side Effects I know this movie has been called a "pharma-thriller," but that's a label I'm just not ready to adopt yet. Regardless of how granular we want to get with identifying the genres, the point here is that Tatum can have you on the edge of your seat in thrillers, too, as an anxious hero trying to piece a bizarre puzzle together.
Gangster: Public Enemies Sure, he dies at the beginning of the flick, but Tatum's brief appearance as Pretty Boy Floyd proved that he can pull off old-timey gangster, too. He's not just a modern beefcake, like his character Zip in the Kevin James vehicle The Dilemma.
Period: The Eagle Roman Centurion? Tatum's been there, done that. He rocked the ancient armor quite well in his turn as Marcus Flavius Aquila in this adventure drama set in a time long, long ago.
Sport: Fighting With those muscles, it was only a matter of time before Tatum played a scrappy athlete. Instead of solving his beefs with dance-offs, a la Step Up, Tatum's character in Fighting throws some serious punches.
Cop Drama: Son of No One So this movie wasn't the greatest. That wasn't Tatum's fault! Or his wispy little mustache's, either, for that matter. Some critics even credited Tatum with making the movie watchable. He was certainly believable as a boy in blue.
Quirky: 10 Years Tatum reunited with his Step Up co-star and real-life wife, Jenna Dewan, to star in this ensemble flick about high school pals reconnecting 10 years after high school. Tatum held his own with a cast full of cool kids, including Rosario Dawson, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Ari Graynor and Justin Long.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation opens in theatres on Friday, March 29.