Channing Tatum’s Acting Methods On The Foxcatcher Set Sound A Little Too Shia LaBeouf-y

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During the past year or so, my opinion of Channing Tatum has gone from “Meh, I don’t really get the obsession, but he seems like a chill dude so it’s cool” to “Wow, is this guy okay?” You can add this story from the set of his newest movie Foxcatcher to the list of things that have caused my change of heart. It sounds like he went a little too method with things, and it’s pretty scary.

In the film, Channing’s character smashes his face into a mirror. He apparently went so far with it in the heat of the moment that he actually injured himself and caused damage to the set. In a new Hollywood Reporter profile on Channing, the movie’s director Bennett Miller explains what happened. They’d apparently covered the mirror with a plastic sheath, but that didn’t stop Channing:

“But he punched that thing with his head three times and shattered it, and put his head through it and through the frame behind the mirror and through the drywall that the mirror was hanging on and left a divot two inches deep. When we took the mirror down, there was a hole in the wall. And he actually cut himself, and you see his blood in that scene. This was somebody uncorking something that you can’t make up. It’s inside you somewhere or it’s not.”

Umm… that’s not good. Sounds a little too much like something Shia LaBeouf might do. Maybe Channing picked up some acting advice from Shia that time they got drunk and made bad decisions together while shooting a movie.

Channing’s behavior is especially upsetting considering he has a young daughter and really shouldn’t be putting himself at risk like that. I get that you want to achieve realism in your performance, but there’s a line, and Channing crossed it. It’s a movie. It’s pretend. I can suspend my disbelief as a viewer even if the actor in a scene didn’t literally put his head through a wall to make it happen. And as the director himself says, that anger likely came from somewhere very real inside of Channing, which is certainly troubling.

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