Channing Tatum on not being able to do the biggest stunts in White House Down

Exclusive: “I go to movies all the time, and I know when they cut away”

Inside issue 208 of Total Film magazine, we chat to Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Roland Emmerich about presidential actioner, White House Down.

The film (not to be confused with this year’s Olympus Has Fallen), sees Tatum’s Cale forced to step up and rescue the President (Foxx) when the White House comes under attack. And to rub it in, Cale’s just failed an interview for a job for the secret service…

You can read the full feature inside the issue (available for the hard-to-resist price of £1.99 on your iPad), but here’s an outtake of what Tatum had to say about doing as many of his own stunts as possible:

“I like doing my own stunts. You know, I go to movies all the time, and I know when they cut away, when the actor's face goes through the window and I'm just like ‘Ah, come on now!’ You know, it's all sugar glass, it's not going to hurt you, but for insurance purposes they don't let us actors go through things and whatnot, but I enjoy it.

“There was a part of the movie when we’re on the roof of the White House, fighting, and I do a fall. But they wouldn’t let me do the fall from the atrium. Just because there was falling glass, there was a break away table, there was a plant. So they wouldn’t let me do that – just because there was too many elements. I get it. But I love it… I like being ‘Ha! I got through that one!’”

White House Down opens in the UK 6 September 2013, after a 28 June 2013 bow in the US.

For much more from Channing Tatum, pick up Total Film magazine issue 208, which is out now!

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Do you think White House Down will best Olympus Has Fallen in the POTUS-in-danger stakes? Have your say below!


    • Spikey1986

      Jun 22nd 2013, 9:49

      Meanwhile in Mission Impossible 5 Tom Cruise will be abseiling down the inside of an active volcano...

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 22nd 2013, 15:28

      Didn't Channing "all over your" Tatum break his hip shooting 21 Jump Street ? cause then I can understand why he's maybe a little tentative when it comes to stunts.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jun 22nd 2013, 16:36

      I have never channed a tatum in my life, I feel like I'm missing out.

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    • kickback04

      Jun 23rd 2013, 10:41

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 24th 2013, 1:00

      Hadouken search on youtube for "I Wanna Channing All Over Your Tatum " click on the piano version.

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