The first Video of the Week below is special for many reasons. First of all, it was submitted by Channing Tatum's mom Kay. Secondly, it features Chan's favorite place in the world, the family that he's extremely close to and those who knew CHAN way before any of us knew CHANNING TATUM.
If you read Chan's recent interview in the August issue of GQ, then you're familiar with his uncle Bruce. Bruce is Kay's brother and in her own words, she only has "one sibling and he is the best I could have asked for." In the WSFA news report below, meet uncle Bruce and the family and learn why Wetumpka, Alabama is the place where Chan will always go to get away from the world and remember his humble roots...
Here's the article that accompanied the video above...
"Wetumpka, AL (WSFA) - GQ FROM BAMA: It's tough to miss him these days, but nobody would have ever guessed Channing Tatum would have been a world wide superstar. He grew up in Cullman, lived in Tampa, loved visiting his uncle's ranch and Wetumpka, and even played a little college football. But then something happened that turned the country boy Chan into a young man who's now larger than life.
"He's a country boy at heart," said his uncle Bruce from his 300 acre ranch in Wetumpka. Chan spent a lot of time here as a kid, riding horses, fishing, just having fun. And if you question how much this place means to him, he told GQ magazine to come to Wetumpka to interview him and the family for his big story.
So how'd he get here? After quitting college football, Chan did some construction, worked at a perfume counter a Dillard's, took a shot as a model, and before you know it he was in commercials. It was a big surprise to uncle Bruce when he was watching TV one night. "We were watching TV and I was like, man that's Chan." Now it's tough to miss him wherever you look. He's starring in the new GI Joe movie and has several more lined up back to back after that. Uncle Bruce believes in Chan. "As long as he keeps his feet on the ground, and he'll do that, I've never seen him not get up and take a picture or sign an autograph."
As for his love for Alabama, his whole family came out to Malibu for the big wedding in July. He tied the knot with an actress he met while filming Step Up. The first song at the wedding, Sweet Home Alabama.
His cousins think it's weird to see Chan in a movie, it's not how they'd act with him at uncle Bruce's ranch. But they've learned to separate the actor Channing Tatum from their country boy Chan. Uncle Bruce sums it up like this: "He's always Chan, and he'll always be Chan."
I also found a couple more videos from the Los Angeles the premiere of Chan's film 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra' that I wanted to share. The first video is TV Guide's "Big Movie Premiere" show that features interviews with Chan, his wife Jenna Dewan, and the cast of 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra' at the New York press junket and the Los Angeles premiere that capped off their world-wide press tour. In the second video, we see Chan, Jenna, and their family arrive at the premiere and it also shows Chan interacting with the fans at the event. Enjoy!
Big thanks to Kay for letting me know about the great Wetumpka interview! 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra' is still the number one movie in the world and just premiered in Sweden, the Czech Republic/Slovakia, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, Denmark, Iceland, & Norway this past week. Fans can CLICK HERE to buy tickets TODAY!
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