Seth Rogen and James Franco’s apocalyptic 2013 comedy This Is the End features crazed cannibals, an ill-fated exorcism, and a heavenly Backstreet Boys dance party, but the movie’s most outré moment might be Channing Tatum’s cameo.
As hellfire and chaos rain down on Rogen, Franco, and their Hollywood buddies, none other than the star of Magic Mike turns up as the leather-clad sex slave to savage gang leader Danny McBride. Most surprising about the whole thing? All it took to convince Tatum to play the part was a friendly email.
In an interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM radio Monday, Rogen shared the polite — yet graphic — email pitch he sent Tatum back in 2012.
“We have a very special role that we would like you to play,” Rogen wrote at the time. After outlining the character’s very NSFW tribulations, Rogen said, “The Gimp is wearing a wrestling mask, and when he pulls it up we would love nothing more than for it to be you underneath. I know this is crazy, but we really think it will get a massive laugh.”
He added, “Please don’t take this the wrong way or be insulted by this. We just think it’s a great joke and you would be great doing it.”
To Rogen’s surprise, Tatum sent his three-part response within hours: “One, what the f‑‑‑? Two, that’s the craziest sh‑‑ I’ve ever heard. Three, when and where do I show up?”
While he was apparently gung-ho about it at the time, Tatum did express some sheepishness when asked about the cameo on Conan in 2014.
“I probably had too much to drink the night that I got this email at like, 3 in the morning,” Tatum said. “I think they were already filming. I don’t know why I even picked it up, and then I read the email and it was from Seth Rogen …. I think I must have been on Ambien and drunk, and I was just like, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it, no problem,’ and then ultimately had to actually go and do it. That was a terrible idea, probably.”
Hear Rogen read from his email below.