Channing Tatum has proven that he’s more than just a devastatingly handsome face. (But oh, that face!) In 2012 and 2013, the 33-year-old actor seemed to be absolutely everywhere, with leading roles in Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street, White House Down, G.I. Joe, and more.
He took some time off in 2013 to play daddy duty to his new baby girl Everly, but rest assured, Channing fans — he’ll be back on the big screen in 2014. As we wait for his return, here’s a look at some of the sexy star’s best — and most enjoyable — roles so far:
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
Critics took notice of Channing’s unflinching performance as teen Antonio in 2006’s A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints — and we did too. Featuring Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, and Eric Roberts, the gritty film follows the tough upbringing of a boy in 1980s Queens, New York. You may not have seen the movie (you certainly wouldn’t be the only one), but it’s worth a look.
In this 2008 film that also stars Ryan Phillippe, Channing plays Steve Shriver, an Iraq war veteran getting used to life back at home when he is called back to war. As if it wasn’t already apparent from A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Channing’s performance in Stop-Loss proved he could more than hold his own in dramatic territory.
Haywire marks the first collaboration between the actor and director Steven Soderbergh, but it would not be their last. (Their next collab? A little film called Magic Mike.) The 2011 thriller follows a black ops vet (played by Gina Carano) hell bent on revenge, with Aaron (Channing) backing her up. Channing had our attention from the first scene, when he went toe-to-toe with Gina, a real-life mixed martial arts expert, in a diner (and got his butt kicked, by the way).
21 Jump Street
Amidst all this drama, it’s easy to forget that Mr. Tatum can seriously bring the funny. Enter 21 Jump Street, the breakout hit based on the ‘80s TV series that launched Johnny Depp's career. As the lovable undercover cop Jenko, the star flexed his comedic chops alongside co-star Jonah Hill. We can’t wait to see what these two get up to in the upcoming 22 Jump Street!
That body. Those moves! Channing’s turn as an exotic dancer in Magic Mike could have easily been brushed off as pure eye candy, but the performance had surprising depth. (This is a Steven Soderbergh film, after all.) The 2012 box office smash, which Channing co-produced with Soderbergh, mirrors some of the star’s own experiences as a young stripper. And if you enjoyed Magic Mike (come on now, who didn't?), you’re in luck: A sequel is in the planning stages.