Most one-night stands look a bit different than the one actors Channing Tatum and Shia LeBeouf shared a decade ago. They usually involve too many shots of Mad Dog 20/20 (it’s classier when you shoot it), a mechanical bull, and loads of bad decisions, but Channing and Shia’s involved... oh wait — maybe these bros aren’t so different after all.
In an interview with GQ, the star of our dreams Magic Mike chats about a night he shared with Shia back while filming the movie A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. Channing reveals that director Dito Montiel sent the co-stars to New York City one night with the directive to bond and become friends. “Me and Shia, I think we had just met that day. We were, like, 'what shall we go out and do?' We were drinking. And I think our initial thing was 'Alright, let's go out and try and get in a fight!'” Yeah, that’s totes how we bond too.
The actors didn’t find a fight, but did get a little raucous and vandalism-happy. Channing admits to kicking in a shop window saying, “we were just running and being hoodlums and throwing trash bags down streets and just being stupid. We were trying to be like eighties hoodlums. And I think as we were running I kicked this thing, not thinking that it would ever shatter. And everything just went raining down. And I was like 'oh s—t'. And then we just took off running."
The movie was a breakout role for Channing, so we guess it’s a skosh understandable that he went a bit far in trying to prove himself to his director and co-star Shia, who hadn’t yet started his downward spiral. Channing claims he had to practically beg for the role, saying “I was probably the last person [director Dito] would ever want for that part — I was an Abercrombie model in his mind.” While we fully recognize his other talents, the hunk is still an Abercrombie model in our minds. Rawr.
Though Channing and Shia’s wild night bonded them during filming, it wasn’t enough to make them BFF for life. Channing insists “I’ve never seen him since then.” Huh, sounds like so many of our wild nights. Like sooooooooo many.
What do you think of how the actors bonded? Weird, or just getting into their roles?