Channing Tatum talks about his burnt penis, wanting to do stripper movie: Now, I'm a fan

I’ve heard about some serious but ultimately nonfatal movie injuries in my day, including Sylvester Stallone having to spend nine days in a hospital after filming his Rocky IV fight with Dolph Lundgren because the pericardial sac around his heart was swelling. This one tops that.

While shooting the epic battle film The Eagle of the Ninth in the Scottish Highlands last October, Channing Tatum burnt his penis. Why is this making news now? Because he recounts his ordeal in a current Details cover story titled Channing Tatum is Proud of His Package. Playing a soldier of Rome’s Ninth Legion, he had to wade in freezing water in a wetsuit. “The only way to keep warm was by pouring a mix of boiling water and river water down your suit,” he says. “We were finally done shooting for the day, and one of the crew guys asks if I want to warm up before I go. I’m like, Nah, I’m good. And then I thought, Why not? Thing is, he’d forgotten to dilute the kettle water. So he poured scalding water down my suit. And I was trying to pull the suit away from my body to somehow get away from the boiling water, and the more I pulled the suit away, the lower the water went. It just went straight down and pretty much burned the skin off the head of my d—.”

The closest hospital was an hour away. During the trip, the pain was unbearable. “I said to the driver, who was ex-special-forces Marines, ‘You might have to knock me out, because I don’t know if I can take the pain. Just grab something and hit me on the back of my head,'” he recalls. Morphine was administered at the hospital. “I had five guys looking at my shriveled, burned penis,” Tatum tells Details proudly. He also takes out his iPhone and shows the magazine’s writer pictures of his wounded member — which is now fully recovered.

Truth: I enjoyed Chan (as his friends call him) in Step Up and She’s the Man, but I wasn’t officially a fan until reading this profile. In addition to the penis peril story (and sharing that he’s a Meerkat Manor fan), he also admits that he never wanted to hide his self-described “hil-larious” stripper past, which surfaced in video form last September. In fact, he hopes to do a movie about the world of the all-male revue whether or not his people advise it. “I don’t care what they think,” he says. “I’m happy I did it. I’m not proud, because it’s not something to be proud of, but I had an experience that only one out of a thousand — a million — people can say they’ve ever had. I’ve been through this crazy sort of life, and I came out the other side fairly unscathed.”

Are you a (bigger) Chan fan now? What do you think about his Boogie Nights-vibed stripper movie? I’m always up for an entry in that genre (A Night in Heaven, For Ladies Only), but striking that tone will be a challenge.

Photo credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

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  • paige

    he’s pretty awesome in my book now and I really hope he learns how to act so I can nominate him to play Captain America

  • elena

    I’ve always loved him in She’s The Man, and this just cements it. He’s eccentric and a kind of sad badass.

  • angela

    Men’s incredible self-fascination with their body parts (it’s not like its unique, the same thing is hanging on every other man, boy, and male infant alive on the planet) is something that continues to amuze…

    • Anne

      Come on! If you injured your vagina, you would be telling the story to all of your friends, too.

    • Quirky

      Trust me it’s not a self-fascination thing for us, it’s more like an Achilles heel. That area is the most sensitive, vulnerable body part we have so we’re constantly trying to avoid putting it near harmful things like boiling water or dodge balls. You could take the biggest, strongest man on the planet and a 50lbs child could still easily drop him by a well placed shot to the groin.

      • AshleyBrooke

        I’m crying laughing so hard over what you said about boiling water and dodge balls. Just the way you said it has me cracking up.

    • @angela

      O, yeah, women never talk about their “female organs”, their breasts, or their bodily functions. This is only a male vice. What planet are you from?

      • t3hdow

        Bingo. I’d even argue that women are more obsessed over their body parts/functions than men ever will be; not necessarily because of vanity, but because they’re more complex and changes more compared to their male counterparts.
        But yes, that statement was ignorant beyond belief.

    • Mike

      Which must explain why nobody ever performs The Vagina Monologues.

  • Mells

    I kinda feel like he’s a poor man’s Sam Worthington – now that dude’s a smoldering action hero that can act.

  • Benjamin

    So he wants to star in an all-male version of Showgirls? I’m more than okay with that.

  • rocknmovies

    Pure meathead! Now Sam Worthington is great.

  • BrandonK

    He sounds surprisingly less douche-y than he looks.

    • Ceballos

      I believe BrandonK wins the award for “Best Backhanded Compliment of the Day!”

    • uhuh


  • petuniafromhell

    I use to think he was kind of cute but now he looks porno dirty.

  • MultiPass


  • Ceballos


    That story sounds like the plot to “G.I. Joe: Fall of the Cobra.”

  • Fatima

    Celebrities! Stop taking photos of yourselves on iPhones. Inevitable that we’ll all be seeing Tatum’s burned tater-tots soon enough.

    • crispy

      LOL. You just know his burnt peen will be on by the end of the month.

      • paige

        i love that site

    • Noah

      Channing’s junk is already on the internet. Thank you early modeling photos!

  • TS

    Love him. I have always thought he is yummy. Now I know he is funny, quirky and humble too.

  • whatevs

    The last interview I read about this guy showed how incredibly stupid and ignorant he is. This has the same effect but at least it’s worth a laugh.

  • movielover

    WOW! Channing’s HOT!! would love to see that burnt D*!

  • ChanBiggestFan

    First of all, he is good actor, not world best but as basic he good. He smart, sweet, compassion, have a heart of an actor, and a good head on shoulder. People need to stop think of him as bad ass, which i know he does play as one in couple movie, and of him hot, sexy, gorgeous. He is my role model, and Chan is someone i can look up to. So, that my voice, and i willing to be his voice.

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