Channing Tatum has hit back at his former stripping compadres who have accused him of stealing their story for his latest movie. The movie in question is Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike,' which stars Tatum and tells the tale of a successful stripper (Channing Tatum) teaching the ropes to a young new protege (Alex Pettyfer) and looking for a more balanced lifestyle in the process.
Last week, Thomas 'Awesome' Austin and London Steele told Tmz that a number of the moves used in the film are their own work and that they feel slighted that Channing did not acknowledge, in the movie, that he was using their story. The two strippers took Channing under their wing when he worked with them in Florida in the 1990s. Tatum's response, however, has been to say "Those guys have been trying to make money off of me since I got into this business. I don't want to say anything bad about them because they are part of the reason I think their world is so interesting. They are very interesting, intriguing, bizarre characters, and I'm thankful for weird people out there, I guess."
In 2009, London Steele was thought to have been responsible for leaking a video of Channing working as a stripper. Still, Tatum insists that he bears no ill will against either of his former colleagues. "Thank God that my friend here [Soderbergh] saw it and we made a movie from it," said Tatum, of the leaked video.