In an effort to help CTU readers learn more about each other, once a month I profile one special Channing Tatum fan on the blog and give them the "Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Spotlight" award.
I am excited to announce that this month's Channing Tatum Unwrapped Fab Fan Spotlight is dedicated to Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Lenka (aka Lainy) from the Czech Republic.
Here is what you should know about Lainy:
Ok, it’s originally Lenka but I go under my nick Lainy here on CTU
( almost 100km from Prague)
(in advance sorry for all the mistakes in the text)
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Favorite Channing Tatum Picture and Why?:
Huh, here starts the hard part. It's obvious that I love all of Chan's photos because he looks great in all of them. That's the main reason. The second one is that every single picture gives me the image of someone I truly admire and even though it's always same Channing Tatum - with different haircut, in different clothes etc., every single photo presents him in the different way.
He's a joker, a tough guy, hottie, the boy next door, a model...you know what I mean. It's not the movies that let me learn about Chan's personality, it's photos of him. But if I had to choose only one I'd choose this. It's a photo from Greg Goreman's photoshoot and the reason why I like it is that every time I look at it, it's telling me some kind of message: "You're a fighter, don't give up!" and who wouldn't listen to Chan, right? :P
Favorite Channing Tatum Movie and Why?:
Up until now I 've been saying that my most favorite Chan movie was 'She’s The Man'. Now I have to split the first place between She's The Man and 'Stop-Loss'. Here goes my reasons why: 'She’s The Man' was the second movie I saw with Chan (first was Step Up, actually I saw 'She’s The Man' trailer in cinema right before Step Up) and I immediately fell in love with it. That was on August 21, 2006 but I saw the full 'She’s The Man' movie on December 11, 2006. (Write a blog and you won't forget these things! :D ) In that time I was dealing with some serious things I'd love to forget about but Chan and whole movie made my days bearable - I was able to watch it even three times a day, oops. Chan somehow gave me the needed strength to hold on and not give up and that's what I will always be thankful for. The movie also taught me the most important lesson for my life - don't give up your dream, if you believe it, you can do it! I also took some quotes from it as my personal mottos I live by, for example "If you can't join'em, beat'em." and many more. To be 100% honest, 'She’s The Man' has made me the way I am now.
Now to get back to 'Stop-Loss'. I just saw it about half an hour ago so my impressions are fresh and my eyes still a bit dry. Yeah, 'Stop-Loss' is the second movie in my life that made me cry (the first one was Star Wars Episode VI). I love war movies because I kind of grew up on them and my father was a soldier once and was sent to boot camp in the USA. I'm also interested in the whole Iraq conflict because (sorry for being political) I just don't get why thousands of young men from all over the world should die there so this movie is really important for knowing what the soldiers are going through. I felt really desperate and hopeless while watching 'Stop-Loss' because it's not fair for those kids being there, watching their friends die and then be stop-lossed. Thank you, Kimberley Pierce for making this movie!!!
Favorite Channing Tatum Scene and Why?:
Chan is amazing in every single scene of his movies but here goes my favorite 'She’s The Man' moments...everybody loves how he flips up his cell phone and then "bang!" with the head to that metal pole (whatever that is) or the little dance Chan does after talking with Olivia, also the spider scene is great or "Do you like che-che-cheese?" scene. I was laughing so hard when I saw Chan with the tampon in his nose, or that towel hit on Malcolm (I tried it on my bro and ouchie it really hurts) and I could list all other scenes I love in 'She’s The Man'. But my favorite is definitely the one in Cesario's when Monique comes, Andrew starts hitting on her and while she's saying her quote Chan starts laughing in the most adorable way he can. It's simple, unexpected, funny and it makes me laugh sooo much every time I see it. Also how he switches immediately from the laughter to pointing on Sebastian with serious face is amazing. And 'Stop-Loss'....I started crying during the scene when Chan is holding the US flag and he's saying the worst sentence people are supposed to hear. He was so in it and I felt every emotion that comes from his acting being so real and deep. Chan, you've really stepped up in your acting!
Favorite Channing Tatum Movie Quote and Why?:
I've got my favorite quotes said by Chan from almost all of his movies I've seen so far so here they goes:
'She’s The Man': "Don't be afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon."
'Step Up' moments: "I'm fighting, for something that's real for the first time in my life!"
'Stop-Loss': "We are soldiers, we stand for something."
’The Trap’: "It's not about holding on, it's about letting go."
’Coach Carter’: "You said we're a team. One person struggles, we all struggle. One person triumphs, we all triumph."
Favorite Upcoming Channing Tatum Movie and Why?:
I'm looking forward to ‘Battle in Seattle’ because I really enjoy movies based on the real life story as this one is. And obviously for many poeple who know me here on CTU, I'm excited to see ‘G.I.Joe’! The reason follows in the next answer.
Have you ever met Channing?:
Some months ago I thought I might be positive on this question but here is my story of almost meeting Channing Tatum:
In May/June Chan was here in Czech Republic and at the same time I was in Prague studying for my final exams. Well, it must be absolutely clear to you that I wasn't studying that much ;) I got the information where the ‘G.I.Joe’ filming set was so I was psyched about the fact that I might have a chance to meet my personal hero. I thought there's only one set and then another one in Barrandov studios that is not open for the public. I spent two days on the set near the Prague center, took tons of photos, saw stunts for Sienna Miller and others, crashing humvees, I was even considered being a part of the filming crew...well, you got the picture. But there was no Chan unfortunately for me.
Later, when I discovered the second set I found out from the staff that there was another, the third one where (I guess) was Chan and all the others. By that time it was closed and there was no filming anymore. You might think I was insane because I spent almost whole 4 days on my feet looking for Chan in whole Prague, asking strangers for the information etc. but even though I didn't meet him it was definitely worth it!!! So, I hope maybe next time I’ll be in the right place at the right time.
Why are you a Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan?:
I’m just an ordinary dedicated Chan’s fan...or that's how I see myself. Thank you Quishe for choosing me for this thing because it means sooo much to me you don't even know. Since I’m supposed to answer why am I a fabulous Channing Tatum fan, I'll try to do my best and do it. I consider myself a Chan fan since I first saw 'She’s The Man' in 2006. I had my ups and downs but I was always supporting him, talking about him or his movies with my friends, quoting 'She’s The Man' scenes in my English classes and in the ordinary situations so much that I was even annoying for my classmates. But it was fun for me. But I had a certain feeling that I'm missing something.
One day when I was working on my ex-site about Robert Hoffman I accidentally ran into CTU. It's been almost half a year now since I first read the whole post on CTU and I'm hooked on it ever since. I'm on it daily, got it in my bookmarks, I read every single post, watch videos and photos, chat on cbox, make my own videos as a small gesture of support etc. CTU is not an ordinary site it's a huge family and thanks to Quishe who works so hard every single day we've got a real, heartwarming connection with Chan and his family and that's what keeps me even more excited about being Chan fan. I know that he really cares!!! It's important for me to know that someone who has changed me and made me fight for things I really want is connected with me and all of his fans in such way.
Thank you Chan and Quishe!!! I hope to meet you both one day! I LOVE YOU!!!
Why does Channing Tatum Unwrapped think that this fan belongs in the Fab Fan Spotlight?
I can't say enough good things about Lainy, and if you read her Fab Fan entry above, then it should be completely clear why she deserves this spotlight. It’s the story of a true fan, and a shining example of the reason why I do these Fab Fan spotlights. In addition to being a great fan, Lainy’s been an incredible asset to the CTU community, and I’m glad she has chosen to hang out her with us. This spotlight is a small token of my appreciation for her continued support of both Chan and CTU. Thanks for everything, Lainy, and your CTU family loves you too!!!
Thanks Lainy for letting me profile you and for taking the time to share all of your info with the other readers!
As the subject of the Fab Fan Spotlight, Lainy is able to pick a custom-made poster of Channing Tatum courtesy of Channing Tatum Unwrapped! Lainy's Fab Fan Spotlight prize will be sent to her.
Finally, Lainy's Fab Fan Spotlight profile will soon be added on the right side of the blog so other Channing Fans can learn about her from any page. Feel free to send your congrats to Lainy in the comments on this entry!
Do you want to be in the Fab Fan Spotlight? I will choose and interview readers who have contributed to the Channing Tatum Unwrapped and the Channing Tatum fan community by submitting Pictures of the Week, Videos of the Week, Comments, Graphics, etc. and/or by having groups, profiles, or sites that they made for Channing and his fans. I am currently choosing the next Fab Fan Spotlighter, so be on the lookout for an email from me requesting an interview and the next FFS might just be you!