The Hollywood Reporter released the video of the full Actors Roundtable featuring Channing.
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) and Michael Keaton (Birdman) sit down with The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Galloway to discuss their craft, their acclaimed performances in 2014 and more.
The “Foxcatcher” star opens up about furthering his education after high school. “Going to college was the answer, to me it wasn’t. I tried and I went I didn’t get it and failed at it, miserably” says Tatum.
Channing is one of the actors chosen for this year’s Hollywood Reporter actor roundtable … here is an article with Channing, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ethan Hawke, Michael Keaton & Timothy Spall.
In THR’s annual actor roundtable, this season’s six top awards contenders — including Ethan Hawke, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne and Timothy Spall — open up about why a Hollywood film is preferable to a classical theater role (“Stick Polonius straight up your arse”), flunking out of college and how a meeting with Stephen Hawking turned into the equivalent of a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit
A clear cultural split was evident at this year’s Hollywood Reporter actor roundtable, with three Americans and three Englishmen grouped around the table (plus an English moderator). Even as some of the Americans marveled at the Brits’ training (“Our whole culture is worshipping actors who come from this theater background,” said Ethan Hawke), the Brits envied the opportunities enjoyed by their U.S. friends (“Most people, if they were given a part in a Hollywood movie, would jump at it,” said Timothy Spall). Accents, training and education apart, the six award contenders — Benedict Cumberbatch, 38 (The Imitation Game); Hawke, 44 (Boyhood); Michael Keaton, 63 (Birdman); Eddie Redmayne, 32 (The Theory of Everything); Spall, 57 (Mr. Turner); and Channing Tatum, 34 (Foxcatcher) — found a surprising amount in common.
Some of you have played real-life characters. In the research you did, what most surprised you?
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH What surprised and relieved me was that everything [British code-breaker Alan Turing] brought to us as a scientist was brought about by his interaction with the world — as a physical body, as a sexually active homosexual man, as an Olympic-standard marathon runner and somebody who wasn’t isolated in an ivory tower or this removed brain in a glass jar. He was very in tune with his world, [and] that’s immediately an easier way to understand someone who’s so removed from your capabilities. It helped humanize a very complex intellectual life. At the end of his life, he was given this sentence after being prosecuted for being gay in the ’50s in England, and he was given the choice between two years’ imprisonment or two years’ chemical castration through sanctioned estrogen injections. And he chose the latter in order to carry on his work.
MICHAEL KEATON Pardon me. When you hear that, honestly you almost laugh because it’s like if somebody did an insane, brilliant satire on people’s attitudes toward homosexuality, that’s what you’d come up with. It’s insane.
CUMBERBATCH It’s beyond imagining. Given the choice —
ETHAN HAWKE We’re going to make him wear a bra —
It’s a horrible choice, between castration and prison, but which would you take?
CUMBERBATCH Prison, I think. But this man was so driven by his work. I spoke to a colleague of his, who said the doctor gave him the opportunity to implant a slow-release device in his hip that was supposed to stop dosing him after two years, and well past the two-year sentence, Alan said, “It’s still dosing me. That’s not really cricket, is it?”
Eddie, how far were you into the process of preparing for Theory of Everything when you met Stephen Hawking?
EDDIE REDMAYNE It was actually quite far in. From the second Felicity Jones and I were cast, we’d been wanting to meet Jane [Hawking] and Stephen. But Stephen’s incredibly busy solving some quite hard-core problems out there. (Laughter.) It made it complicated, and then there was the fear: What if when I meet him I realize I got it all wrong? And of course you want approval. And so I went in to meet him, and he now just uses this [single] muscle beneath his cheek, and when he moves this muscle, [his computerized voice program] stops on one letter. So when you spend time with him, there are these long, long pauses. I was horrifically nervous, and I hate silence. And so basically I spent 45 minutes spewing out information about him, to him. It was really chronically disastrous.
HAWKE It’s like one of those Saturday Night Live skits.
REDMAYNE It was.
HAWKE You know, like [Chris Farley] meeting Paul McCartney.
REDMAYNE Yeah. (Laughs.)
KEATON Didn’t you ask him what sign he was?
REDMAYNE Thanks for bringing that up! He was born on January 8, which was [the day Galileo died], and the reason I brought it up is because he makes a big point of the fact that he was born to the day 300 years after Galileo [died]. And so I was telling him this about himself and I said, “I actually was born on January 6. So we’re both Capricorns.”
CHANNING TATUM We say such weird stuff when we’re nervous, man.
I mentioned earlier that Channing is featured on the cover of the December issue of Esquire magazine! And thanks to my friend Luciana we have scans in our gallery now!
– Channing Tatum Online > PUBLICATIONS > 2014 > December | Esquire
The Hollywood Reporter shares that Channing is set to co-direct for the first time!
The ‘Foxcatcher’ star will co-direct The Weinstein Co. film with his partner, Reid Carolin
Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin are attached to co-direct and produce an adaptation of Matthew Quick’s YA book Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock for The Weinstein Co.
Tatum, receiving strong reviews in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher and hot off Sony’s summer hit 22 Jump Street, would also possibly star in the film. The pair are developing the project for their Free Association banner and will produce along with the company’s Peter Kiernan.
Leonard Peacock centers on a troubled high schooler who plans to kill his best friend and then himself.
The search is on for a writer. If everything aligns, the in-demand star would play a heroic teacher who intervenes.
Quick, who wrote the novel Silver Linings Playbook, which spawned a critical and box-office hit for The Weinstein Co., has become a favorite with A-list talent. The author’s upcoming book, Love May Fail, is in the works at Sony, with Mike White adapting and Sam Raimi attached to direct.
With its themes of teen alienation, Leonard Peacock had been in development before attracting Tatum’s attention.
The dramatic role would be a departure from Tatum’s previous string of roles as a hunky romantic lead in both comedies and dramas. But in the wake of Foxcatcher, the actor has increasingly set his sights on more dramatic projects that offer an opportunity to produce and direct. Tatum and Carolin also are attached to co-direct crime thriller The Son, based on a novel by Jo Nesbo and set up at Warner Bros.
Tatum just wrapped shooting Magic Mike XXL and is attached to star in Fox’s X-Men spinoff Gambit, which Josh Zetumer is now writing. Foxcatcher opened Nov. 14.
Tatum and Carolin are repped by UTA, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson.
Quick is handled by ICM Partners and Sterling Lord Literistic.
Channing is one of the men featured in the new People’s Sexiest Men Alive issue! I have added a scan to the gallery!
– Channing Tatum Online > 2014 > December 1 | People
Thanks to Luciana we have a scan of Channing from the new issue of Vogue!
– Channing Tatum Online > 2014 > December | Vogue