Channing Tatum for Dummies is a series of articles where I try to answer the most frequently asked questions about Channing Tatum that I receive from readers or find on message boards all over the internet.

Here are today’s Channing Tatum frequently asked questions and answers:

Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Question:
Is Channing Tatum going to play the lead in a movie created from Nicholas Sparks’ book “Dear John”?
CTU Answer:
Channing Tatum has been chosen to play the lead character of John Tyree from Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling book “Dear John”. Writer Jamie Linden is currently working on the script and the movie is supposed to have it’s theatrical release some time in 2009. You can CLICK HERE to learn more.

Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Question:
Did Channing Tatum actually do all the dances in ‘Step Up’?
CTU Answer:
Yes Channing did all of his own dances in ‘Step Up‘ . He’s a naturally talented dancer that taught himself how to dance by attending coming-of-age parties in the Hispanic community called Quiceneras when he was growing up in Tampa, Florida. Although Channing did not receive formal dance training prior to ‘Step Up‘, he worked closely with highly-talented choreographers like Jamal Sims during the shoot to give us all of those memorable dance scenes that he is now so well-known for.

Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Question:
What is Channing Tatum’s official website?
CTU Answer:
I’m proud to say that, as of August 16, 2007, this site, Channing Tatum Unwrapped, became Channing Tatum’s official site. If you want to know more about the second most amazing day in CTU history (the first being the day I finally got to meet Channing), you can CLICK HERE to read the story.

Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Question:
Do you know Channing Tatum?
CTU Answer:
When I started this site in January, I was just a huge fan writing a fan blog about him, but sadly I did not know Channing. I’m now more than happy to say that I know him, because he asked for CTU to be his official site in August. I was finally able to meet him when he invited me to the New York set of his film ‘Fighting‘ in October. You can CLICK HERE to read all about my unforgettable day hanging out with Chan on set.

Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Question:
How do you find all of your information on Channing Tatum?
CTU Answer:
This was actually a question that even Chan asked me himself. It does take a bit of work to create at least one article everyday for the blog (especially on those weeks where news bites are few and far between), but my sources for information on Channing are not as mysterious as they seem. Although I am able to get some of my information from Chan’s mom and Chan himself, I really try not to bother them any more than I have to.

Search engines are actually my best friend here at CTU. By using tools like Google Alerts, I get a lot of my information from an endless amount of sites on the internet. The marketing companies promoting Chan’s movies like ‘A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints‘, ‘Battle in Seattle‘, ‘Step Up 2: The Streets‘, and ‘Stop-Loss‘ will also send me information. I get most of the behind-the-scenes and casting film news from users who post information on IMDB, sites where you can post casting calls, sites of actors that have worked with him and all types of blogs.

People might be surprised at the amount of information that is on the internet if you know how to search for it and weed through what’s real and what’s not, which can be difficult online. My ultimate goal is to gather and verify all of the information I find into one place here at CTU so all of you don’t have to work nearly as hard to learn about Chan and his projects. From the feedback I get from readers and even Chan himself, I feel like I may have succeeded at that goal.

Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Question:
Do you work for Channing Tatum?
CTU Answer:
Technically I don’t work for him, because I created and maintain this site on a voluntary basis. But if we had to put a name to what I do for Chan here at CTU each day, I would be called a new media or digital publicist.

All that means is that I use this site and social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, and IMDB to help promote Chan and his projects and to help his fans better connect with him by answering their questions and keeping you all updated on what he’s doing. It’s actually a fairly new field in the entertainment industry that has surfaced because of the Web 2.0 (aka social networking site) revolution. Fans no longer just want to read about an actor, they want to also be able to interact with each other in communities full of people with the same interests.

But for the record, if ever asked, I would work for him in a heartbeat, because he’s one of the most talented, hard working, genuine and nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Much like doing this blog has been a dream, I can definitely say that working for, with, or around him in any capacity would be the same.

Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Question:
Is Channing Tatum in ‘War of the Worlds’?
CTU Answer:
Channing Tatum has an uncredited part in ‘War of the Worlds’ where he plays a boy in the church scene. Everyone has trouble finding him in the film, because his part was edited out of the final cut.

Fabulous Cha

nning Tatum Fan Question:
Is Channing in Step Up 2 and when will Step Up 2 premiere?
CTU Answer:
Step Up‘ fans can breathe a sigh of relief, because Channing Tatum does have a cameo in ‘Step Up 2: The Streets‘ and we will once again get to see him in all of his dance glory on the big screen. You can CLICK HERE to learn more about the day Channing spent on set filming the cameo, and you can also CLICK HERE to see some of his amazing dance performance (which involves hidden trampolines in the dance floor and a huge backflip off a DJ booth) in the new trailer for the film. Here are the latest release dates for the film around the world:

  • Netherlands – February 14, 2008
  • USA – February 14, 2008
  • Czech Republic – February 14, 2008 ***NEW RELEASE DATE***
  • UK – February 15, 2008
  • Russia – March 13, 2008
  • Slovakia – March 18, 2008
  • France – April 23, 2008
  • Germany – April 24, 2008

Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Question:
What is Channing Tatum’s birth name?
CTU Answer:
Channing’s full birth name is Channing Matthew Tatum. The Channing Bryan Isaac Tatum Anderson you see on many fan sites has never been correct. You can CLICK HERE to learn how CTU debunked this rumor and was able to get his name corrected on sites like IMDB and Wikipedia.

Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Question:
Did Channing go to military school? Where did he go to highschool?
CTU Answer:
Channing actually did not go to military school. It’s my understanding that he attended elementary school at Oak Grove, junior high school at Ben Hill and highschool at both Gaither and Tampa Catholic in Tampa, Florida.

Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Question:
How can I send Channing Tatum fan mail? Is there an email address for fan mail?
CTU Answer:
There is not currently an email address where you can communicate with Channing, so if you want to send him fan mail, you can send it to Chan’s management office. Here is the address:

Channing Tatum
Management 360
9111 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Question:
How can I get Channing Tatum’s autograph?
CTU Answer:
Being a reader of Channing’s official site definitely has it’s priviledges. CTU readers are very lucky, because Channing has signed a batch of magazines for all of you. I try to give out at least one each month to one lucky Chanaholic. :-) If you want to try to win one of the magazines personally autographed by Channing for CTU readers, CLICK HERE to learn about the latest contest that may just help you get one.

Thanks for submitting these questions! If you want to submit a question about Channing Tatum, email it [email protected] and I will try to get it answered for you in the following Channing Tatum for Dummies article. I cannot guarantee that I will have an answer for every question, but I will tell you what I know (or at the very least give you an opinion on the subject).

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One Response to CHANNING TATUM FOR DUMMIES…Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

  1. Rachel says:

    Whats Channing Tatums favorite food and type of music?

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