According to TMZ, two ex-male strippers who had once worked with Channing Tatum are accusing the star that his new movie Magic Mike is a big “F” you to them because he stole their stories, names and moves and turned it into a huge Hollywood film!
Anyone who has been following our site should know by now that Magic Mike is partially based on his real-life experiences as a male stripper years ago in Florida before he had made it big.
However, did Channing Tatum steal too much inspiration from his ex-stripper buddies without acknowledging them?
Read on after the jump for more deets!
TMZ spoke to Thomas “Awesome” Austin and London Steele – both guys worked with Tatum back in his FL stripper days — who say the film is based more off their lives than his … even down to the title — “Magic Mike” — which is a name Austin says he coined for another dancer.
‘Awesome’ Austin also tells TMZ he and his former male dance buddies are a like a “brotherhood” and, while they’re happy for Channing’s success, they feel betrayed by the actor for not involving any of them in the film.
They claim they took Tatum under their wings when he was a nobody and taught him all their special stripper-moves like “The Hot Seat” — which is featured in the film and Austin says he invented it.
The guys tell us, after seeing parts of the final product they feel slighted … claiming Tatum failed to consult them for accuracy and insist that, without them, he wouldn’t have any material.
Austin explains, Channing was an “amateur” when he met him and says “he only danced for 4 months. How many events could have happened to him?”
Well all we can say is that if Channing Tatum did steal moves, women around the world won’t care! Like they say, imitation is the greatest form of flattery.