Channing Tatum gets drunk, loses his cellphone and giggles like a girl in awesome GQ profile
Celebrity magazine profiles tend to veer in pretty predictable directions.
Sometimes the writer cozies up on the source's sun porch, which provides the opportunity to poetically recount how dapples of golden sunlight played across the movie star's face just as she began to discuss her painful, highly public divorce.
Other times a reporter gets to cruise down Sunset Blvd. while the star of the next big comic book flick sits behind the wheel of his souped-up Porsche. If things go well, the soon-to-be-cape-wearer will speed heavily and brake hard, allowing the reporter to use his driving style as a metaphor for his career.
And then there are those profiles in which the excessively handsome source insists on camping in the desert, gets wasted, loses his cellphone and walks around wearing a Snuggie.
Okay, so that's slightly less predictable. And it's what happens in the March GQ cover story on Channing Tatum (star of "The Eagle") who, as Jessica Pressler's crazy-compelling narrative tells us, goes by the name Chan; recently broke into Marlon Wayans's house with his friend Kurtz while naked; loves to meet dudes in bars with names like Ordinary Tom; and has a laugh that sounds like "Tee-hee-hee."
Sample grab of Tatum piecing together his memories of his night with Pressler: “ ‘You learned how to play pool. We learned what tungsten was,' Tatum recalled slowly. 'It was like a vortex of time. And we went to the jail.' "
Needless to say it's worth a read. And I sincerely hope there's some sort of making-of featurette about how this profile was written. Because I'd love to know how to go about pitching an editor on a story like this one. "So I want to write a profile of an actor. And what I'm thinking is we'll go camping in the middle of nowhere with a couple bottles of Silver Patron, a pair of Snuggies, a few glow sticks and some pita chips ... "
| February 17, 2011; 10:50 AM ET
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