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Channing Tatum says he knows his daughter will someday see 'Magic Mike'

People magazine's former "Sexiest Man Alive" is now starring in the action-comedy, "22 Jump Street."
By Karen Butler   |   June 10, 2014 at 4:55 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, June 10 (UPI) -- Actor Channing Tatum admits he has considered what his baby daughter might one day think about his semi-autobiographical stripper movie, Magic Mike.

But he insists that won't stop him from making films that are edgy, interesting and, occasionally, raunchy.

Tatum and his wife, Jenna, recently celebrated the first birthday of their only child, Everly.

Asked during a recent round-table interview in New York if he plans to choose different projects now that he is a dad, Tatum told reporters, "If you're meaning in the sense of stuff I want her to see and not see, no.

"I think art and story is what it is and everything is out there in the world and it's real and you can't act like it's not there and [you should] just do things that mean something to you and you feel like has a reason to be told," the 34-year-old Alabama native explained.

Tatum went on to say his daughter is "going to see Magic Mike at some point and I'm going to have to explain that. I don't want to say [working as an exotic dancer] was a bad decision in my life. It was just a crazy one and I was lucky I got out of it pretty unscathed.

"Some people didn't and I hope she learns from it because I watch movies and I learn. I learn from the stories and the journeys the characters go on," he added. "Other than that, I definitely will want to play in movies she can see younger at some point. All parents [who are actors] end up doing that, saying, 'I want to do this movie, so my little daughter can finally see something I'm in.'"

Tatum will next be seen alongside Jonah Hill in the college-set action-comedy 22 Jump Street, which is set for theatrical release Friday. The R-rated film co-stars Ice Cube, Nick Offerman, Jillian Bell and Amber Stevens.

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