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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.
Channing Tatum | The Soul and Body of a Soldier
To be sure, Tatum’s resumé playing soldiers helped secure him the role of a military man in The Eagle. But in his previous army films––Stop-Loss, Dear John and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra––Tatum is more often than not fighting his feelings as he is the enemy. In Kimberly Peirce’s 2008 Stop-Loss, Tatum plays the best friend (and war pal) of Sgt. Brandon King (Ryan Philippe), a soldier who’s considering deserting after being called up again by a Stop-Loss order. Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle compliments Tatum’s “nice job” in playing an emotionally conflicted friend “who thinks he's trying to understand but who unconsciously knows he can't afford to.” In Lasse Hallström’s 2010 romantic melodrama, Dear John, Tatum plays a soldier in love, who communicates to his sweetheart Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried) from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But again Tatum’s real war is with his emotions. In his AllMovie.com review, Perry Seibert points out, “Tatum and the screenwriter have created a unique three-dimensional character whose terse exterior makes it so difficult for him to release the pent-up emotions roiling inside him.” While Tatum proves that he can display the soul of a soldier, his part as the top-gun top-soldier in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra showed that he could roll with the action as well. The popcorn adventure, and what makes it so fun, is succinctly summed up by Peter Hartlaub in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Stuff blows up. Lots of it. Most of the actors are hot-looking, and those who aren't do cool things with swords.”