How The Channing Tatum Dance Scene In 'Hail, Caesar!' Compares To His Other Great On-Screen Jigs
Pretty much everyone knows (and loves) Channing Tatum. Not only because of his sexy dance moves and hot bod, though those two things sure do not hurt, but also because of his serious talent, which I, for one, knew existed the moment I first saw him on-screen. The actor has proved time and time again how huge of a movie star he is, but there's still nothing like a first impression; Tatum can appear in as many Quentin Tarantino movies as he wants, but he'll always be Tyler Gage, the bad boy dancer of Step Up, to me. Since his breakout role made him a star in 2006, Tatum has danced on screen often (with minimal clothing to boot). But, in the Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar! , fans will get to see him dance in a whole new way: tap, to be specific. In the film, Tatum plays Burt Gurney, described as a "song-and-dance man," and has one of his most elaborate performances yet. Just ahead of the movie's release, a clip was released of a Tatum dance scene in Hail, Caesar! , featuring the star tap-dancing and singing to a made-up Hollywood tune, "No Dames."
In the clip, Tatum not only shows off his impressive pipes, but also some new fancy footwork the actor learned for the film. "Learning to tap was a trip, but I'd do anything to work with the Coens," Tatum tweeted along with a behind-the-scenes featurette from the film.
To learn the complex, six-minute tap choreography, Tatum worked with choreographer Chris Gattelli for months. "I'm used to dancing on the beat, or riding the beat, and with this you are the beat. If you miss a step, everyone can hear it — or not hear it. It's nerve-racking. But everybody took care of me to a degree that is not even explainable, so I'm super lucky," Tatum said in an interview with Vulture. No doubt being married to his Step Up co-star and real-life dancer, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, helped too. No doubt, the entire finished sequence will be impressive, if this 60-second clip is anything to go by.
Just in case that teaser isn't enough to satisfy your Channing Tatum dancing desires, here are five classic performances from his past films.
1. The Final Dance — Step Up
Bless this dance and this movie.
2. "It's Raining Men" — Magic Mike
Definitely one of the best dances from the first Magic Mike movie, the "It's Raining Men" number may have been a group dance, but make no mistake, it's all about Tatum.
3. "(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum" — Jimmy Kimmel Live
What do you get when you put Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, and Jimmy Kimmel together in a room?
4. "Pony" — Magic Mike XXL
5. "Run The World (Girls)" — Lip Sync Battle
Bonus: this clip also comes with Jenna Dewan-Tatum's flawless, Magic Mike inspired "Pony" performance.
Channing Tatum, the world is forever in your debt.
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