Tatum said he's excited about joining the French Quarter scene with the launch of his watering hole, Saints and Sinners.
"I love New Orleans, man. I love the spirit of New Orleans," The (New Orleans) Time Picayune said Sunday.
"I think [co-star) Jonah (Hill) wrapped it up perfectly: He said it's like the bad-kid island in 'Pinocchio;' The Bourbon Street area, Frenchmen, everything. It's just such a vibrant place. I love it down there," Tatum said.
Once the lease is finalized, he said, a quick remodel should see Saints and Sinners open for business in about two months.
"I don't think I'd ever open a bar anywhere else really, because I don't want to try to get people there," Tatum said. "But people come to New Orleans with a little bit of money in their pocket and they have one thing they want to do with it -- and that's spend it and party with it and go crazy."
"I want to facilitate that," he said.
Tatum has ties to the region; his father is from Metarire, La., and the actor spent much of his grade-school years in Pascagoula, Miss.
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