Romance, action, comedy ... striptease. Is there anything this guy can't do?

I don’t know anyone named Channing Tatum. I only know Chan. Chan’s not the person who will call you when you’re going through a hard time. He’s the person that gets on a plane in the middle of the night when you are going through a hard time and won’t leave until you’re better again.

This isn’t supposed to be about what kind of person Chan is. It’s about what kind of entertainer he is. But I think you need to know what kind of person he is to understand why we all love him so much as an entertainer. Chan is real. He is the realest person I know. He is unable to be false and that shines blindly through in his acting.

I first spoke to Chan when I called him and asked him to star in 21 Jump Street with me. We had never met. He said, ”I’m not funny.” I had only seen him in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and thought he was brilliant in it. I said, ”I don’t need you to be funny, I need you to play this character as honestly and true as you did in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.” He paused and said, ”Okay, but if I suck I’m going to kill you. Seriously.” And that was it. He was in and didn’t look back. And he was outstanding in the movie. Hilarious at every turn because of his truth. Because of the person he is. Because his love of life can’t help but shine through in his work.

Chan’s successes this year are a testament to the fact that he can literally do anything he wants. The Vow, Magic Mike, and 21 Jump Street weren’t accidents. They were the inevitable outcome for a guy who has the talent to match his work ethic.

Chan is my brother. He is not just one of the best entertainers of the year. He’s going to be one of the best entertainers for as many years as he chooses to be. —Jonah Hill

Tatum on
His must-see movie of 2012
Beasts of the Southern Wild. I missed this when it was in theaters. I’ll get it on iTunes the day it comes out. I love when a new filmmaker comes along with a voice and a vision we haven’t seen before. Plus, it takes place on the bayou. Can’t go wrong with that.”

21 Jump Street
  • Movie
  • 103 minutes