With this weekend’s excellent box office for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” one is struck by the varied career of Channing Tatum, an ensemble member of Matthew Vaughn‘s all-star cast. In a relatively short period of time, he has taken on comedies, dramas, action-adventure movies, and even proven himself as a fine song-and-dance man. Our new photo gallery (view above) ranks his 12 greatest films from worst to best.
Tatum, a natural athlete who found that college was not to his liking, returned to Tampa in his teens to work construction and found an outside gig as a male stripper at night. To Tatum’s credit, he never denied his stripping gig but instead turned it into artistic gold (years after he became an actor) with two enormous hits — “Magic Mike” (2012) and its sequel “Magic Mike XXL” in 2015.
After being discovered by a talent scout, Tatum started his career with small movie parts until he snagged the lead in “Step Up,” (2006), a successful dance/romance mash-up. Tatum’s looks and athleticism, as well as his dancing and acting skills attracted casting directors, who began to place him in bigger and bigger films.
With Tatum’s skills, that led to films with better and better directors, a list that any actor would envy — Michael Mann (“Public Enemies”), Lasse Hallström (“Dear John”), Quentin Tarantino (“The Hateful Eight”), the Coen Brothers (“Hail, Caesar!”), Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher”), Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (the “21 Jump Street” series). His primary collaborator has been Steven Soderbergh, who directed Tatum in four films plus served as his DP and editor on “Magic Mike XXL.”
Although Tatum has yet to be nominated for an Academy Award, he has been a mighty force in a pair of Oscar-nominated films and will undoubtedly be for some time to come. We’ve ranked his dozen best films in this new photo gallery. Take a tour and see if you agree with which ones are the greatest and which ones are the worst.
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