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People in Film | Channing Tatum

Posted November 18, 2010 to photo album "People in Film | Channing Tatum"

The star of The Eagle’s physical and emotional career.

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Channing Tatum | Body and Soul

In Kevin Macdonald’s The Eagle, Channing Tatum plays Marcus Aquila, the son of Flavius Aquila, the leader of the 9th Legion who’d disappeared mysteriously with all his men some 20 years earlier. In some ways, Tatum playing a Roman nobleman might seem a far stretch for an actor best known for his physicality and all-American good looks and openness. But the qualities and talents that Tatum has exhibited in his previous roles––from the dexterity and grace in films like Step Up and Fighting, to the vulnerability in Dear John and the strength of character in Stop-Loss and G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra––are woven harmoniously into his character, a soldier out to redeem his father’s honor. The Eagle’s director Kevin Macdonald relied on Tatum’s past roles, noting “Channing has played soldiers before, in American films, so he well understands the military mentality and has a lot of sympathy for these men.” But as The Eagle screenwriter Jeremy Brock underscores, Tatum is more than just brawn: “Channing approached the role with a wonderful openheartedness. Everybody knows that he is strong and charismatic, but what surprised me was how sensitive he was to the shifts in Marcus’ emotional journey. Marcus migrates from confident warrior to despair to a different kind of confidence, underscored by a new maturity. Channing negotiates that trajectory with great sensitivity and thought.”