Magic Mike is this week’s Film Club pick. We wonder if its resounding victory was anything to do with the subject matter…on that note, we did a little digging and it turns out Channing Tatum isn’t the only famous sort now capitalising on a dodgy former career.
These guys are doing it too:
CHANNING TATUM It’s really not all that surprising that the Chan-Man was an exotic dancer/stripper in the days before he was a megastar. Have you seen his pectorals lately? (It’s more surprising that Channing Tatum is his real name, if you ask us.) He also worked as an Abercrombie and Fitch model. But let’s be honest, that’s nowhere near as interesting.
These days Channing is better known as an A-list leading man, but we reckon his shimmying skills have done him the world of good. Not only have they gotten him his own sort-of biopic in the shape of Magic Mike, he probably didn’t even have to work too hard to get the moves down.
Check out Channing’s debut in Ricky Martin music vid She Bangs here. (link)
BRAD PITT Probably our favourite. Before he was one half of Brangelina, the Pittster was a chicken. He worked for a food chain called El Pollo Loco (The Crazy Chicken, for those who no hablo Espanol.) His starring role? The guy in the chicken suit. Bet all that latex he wore to play an ancient dude in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was a walk in the park…
We wonder if he ever digs it out of the back of the wardrobe to give his umpteen kids a giggle? Now that we’d like to see.
This sort of job probably also worked wonders for Kristen Wiig, who worked as a ‘costumed caterer’ at Universal Pictures before hitting the comedy big time. Embarrassing the bejeezus out of herself for the entirety of Bridesmaids perhaps wasn’t too much of a stretch.
HUGH JACKMAN Guess what? Wolverine used to be a clown. A clown! And he did kids’ parties! Apparently he wasn’t very good, with one kid standing up mid-show to declare ‘Mummy this clown is terrible, he doesn’t know any tricks.’ Zing. Anyone know if Hugh does all his own stunts? He’s got to be a pratfall expert by now, surely.
Alongside his career as an ass-kicking hardbody, Hugh is also a seasoned Broadway performer and song-and-dance man. Rewatch the 2009 Oscars for all the proof you need…clown choreography is clearly a solid grounding for that sort of thing.
JON HAMM Has a porno past! But don’t get too excited – he was simply a set dresser for Skinemax movies.
His take on it? It was a lot of moving ashtrays around and being worried about continuity. Interesting…we would have thought the positioning of background paraphernalia is the last thing people are looking. Just us?
Luckily for Jon, his then-and-now girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt rescued him by casting him in a play. So nice of her.
We don’t really know if this stuff helped the Hammster out in his movie career, we just think its amaze and therefore worthy of inclusion.
Magic Mike is out now. Half naked men in trailer time!
But just what is this Film Club malarkey all about? It’s simples, really. Each week we send a pair of cinema tix (ODEON or Cineworld, whichever is best) to 10 of our most active Facebook/Twitter followers. We put the film we’re going to see to the vote, and the winning film is the one we all go to see. Then we all sit around on Facebook on the Sunday night (6.30) and chat about it. Magic. Sound like something you want to get involved with? Drop us a line at twitter.com/f_t_r_c or on Facebook at on.fb.me/d4dMv8
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