After taking off his clothes on stage for his next movie, Channing Tatum is ready to try his hand at making pottery. The actor, who is set to play the title character again in “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” wants to play the late Patrick Swayze in a remake of “Ghost.”
During an interview with Vanity Fair, the 42-year-old hottie said he is making a new version of the romantic movie from 1990. “Now I know why they put this in ‘Ghost,'” he said in the interview, which took place during a pottery lesson. He also said, “Everything about this is very, very sexual.”
Tatum said during the chat that “Ghost” is owned by his production company, Free Association, which used to be called 33&Out. He told, “We do have the right to do it. Yes, we own the rights to the song “Ghost.””
He talked about his idea for the next project by saying that it would be a modern take on the first movie and that he might play the male lead. “But we’re going to do something different,” he said, adding that the original had some “problematic stereotypes” like many movies from that time. He also said, “I think it needs a little change.”
During the same interview, Tatum also talked about the “X-Men” Gambit movie that was being made at 21st Century Fox before the Walt Disney Company bought it. “When Disney bought Fox, Marvel got it, and I think the tone of the movie we wanted to make was very different from what they wanted to do,” he said. “Or, you know, maybe they’re waiting to see how they do it with or without us.”
The “Step Up” star said he would still call Disney “once in a while,” but he’s ready to let the plan go or let it happen without him. “We call every now and then, but we’ve got to let it go on a spiritual, emotional, and mental level,” he admitted.
Tatum has said that he wants to play Gambit and be in “Ghost.” However, he was not happy with his role in the “G.I. Joe” movies. He said that at first he didn’t want to be in the first movie, “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” (2009), and in the second movie, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” he asked that his character be killed off (2013).
“I turned down the first one seven times, but they had an option on me, so I had to do a movie,” he said about the two movies he was in. “So it’s clear that I didn’t want to be in the second one either.”
During an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” in 2015, Tatum talked about why he left the franchise. “That movie was forced on me,” he said of the first one. “They hand you the contract and say, “Here’s your three-picture deal.” You think, “Oh my God, that sounds so cool, I’m going to do that!” Even the options range from $60,000 to $80,000 to $100,000, which makes me think, “Oh my God, that’s so much money.””
“Time goes by, you get other jobs and build up your quote, and then you want to go do your dream job, but the studio calls,” he said. “They say, “Hey, we have a movie for you, and we’ll send it to you.” It’s “G.I. Joe,” and it’s right in the middle of the writers’ strike. I’m like, “I love “G.I. Joe,” can I play Snake Eyes?” and they say, “No.” You’re the Duke.'”