Dance film 'Step Up' leads to injuries

Aug. 17, 2006 at 7:22 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The new Hollywood dance film "Step Up" helped form friendships among its cast, but also left some actors bruised from the its intense training.

Teen Hollywood said actor Channing Tatum and his co-star, real life dancer Jenna Dewan, reported suffering a series of injuries during their intense dance training for the teen drama.

"I did fall on my head once," said the 26-year-old Tatum. "Jenna bruised her rib doing one lift.

"We were practicing it, and I bruised her rib a little bit. You're always sore and you have bruised knees."

While Tatum -- who plays the bad boy romantic lead in the film opposite Dewan -- detailed the cast's injuries, his co-star praised the cast's ability to form friendships nonetheless.

"We had like our spots in Baltimore where all of us would get together and go eat and go dancing," said the former dancer for Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson. "We'd actually go dancing after we were dancing all day."

The film earned $20.7 million last weekend in its first weekend in U.S. theaters.

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