Mu­tual ad­mi­ra­tion so­ci­ety

White House Down stars Chan­ning Ta­tum and Jamie Foxx are full of praise for each other. Neala John­son re­ports

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - NEALA JOHN­SON

JAMIE Foxx and Chan­ning Ta­tum turn up for pro­mo­tional du­ties on their new film,

White House Down, singing their an­them ( I Wanna) Chan­ning All Over Your Ta­tum.

It was a ditty Foxx freestyled on late- night

chat show Jimmy Kim­mel Live ear­lier this year, which has since gone vi­ral, the pair even mak­ing an “offi cial video clip” which drafted in guest stars such as Matt Da­mon and Mi­ley Cyrus.

Foxx and Ta­tum’s friend­ship be­gan al­most ex­actly a year be­fore this in­ter­view, on a dance floor at a Sony event where Foxx was pro­mot­ing Django Un­chained and Ta­tum was push­ing his hit 21 Jump Street.

It was Ta­tum who sug­gested Foxx would be a good can­di­date to run for pres­i­dent in White

House Down, the next in a long line of Roland Em­merich ( In­de­pen­dence Day) block­busters. Ta­tum plays John Cale, a cop des­per­ate to get a job with the Se­cret Ser­vice and im­press his daugh­ter.

While at the White House for his in­ter­view, the joint comes un­der at­tack. Cale saves the pres­i­dent’s butt, then they band to­gether to get out of there alive.

On film, as in real life, the man love is in the air.

“I’ve been around an amaz­ing amount of tal­ented peo­ple in my life, but Jamie is the most tal­ented per­son I’ve ever been around,” Ta­tum says. “There is noth­ing, lit­er­ally, that he can­not do, that he can­not un­der­stand. If you put an in­stru­ment in front of him, if you put him on a podium, if you put him in the cra­zi­est place on Earth, he’s gonna be able to fig­ure it out. That’s what I ad­mire about him.”

Praise re­ceived loud and clear, Foxx takes his turn to “weigh in on Mr Chan­ning Ta­tum”.

“Chan­ning came to my house when we started do­ing the song. [ He was say­ing] ‘ I can’t do that’, ‘ I can’t sing that’ … Then he gets in the stu­dio, kills the song. His tal­ent, man, is yet to be re­ally opened up.

“For a per­son to be able to go from the movie where my daugh­ter is absolutely go­ing crazy right now she’s ‘ Magic Mike! Magic Mike!’ then to walk into a Roland Em­merich film and still have that cred­i­bil­ity … the same amount of re­spect he has for me, I have for him.

“He’s now about to go into strato­sphere mode,” Foxx con­cludes with a sage nod. “It’s gonna be some­thing to watch.”

Ta­tum’s gear- shift into “strato­sphere mode” has co­in­cided with the ar­rival of his and wife Jenna De­wan’s first child, Everly, who was born in June.

The fo­cus on the im­pend­ing birth kept things “in­sanely real” for the ac­tor as his ca­reer heat grew and grew.

“All this out here,” says Ta­tum, wav­ing his hands in the vague di­rec­tion of fame, “is not re­ally hap­pen­ing … I’m at home ev­ery night just like any other hus­band that has a preg­nant wife – rub­bing co­conut oil on the belly.

“Jenna and I, we’re both ac­tors and both very, very am­bi­tious peo­ple; now it’s nice that some­thing’s a lit­tle bit more im­por­tant than us.

“It’s given us some­thing to fo­cus on that’s not ‘ What am I do­ing right now?’”

Foxx is fa­ther to Cor­rine, 19, and An­nalise, 4. He im­pressed An­nalise re­cently by let­ting her hang out on the set of The Amaz­ing Spi­der

Man 2, in which he plays Spidey’s ad­ver­sary, Elec­tro.

“My lit­tle daugh­ter, two years ago we had a Spi­der- Man birth­day party,” Foxx says. “The next thing you know, she gets to come on set and her mind is blown be­cause of the stunt Spi­der­Man and all the rest of it. It was like, ‘ Daddy, so many Spi­der- Mans!’”

While Ta­tum is turn­ing power- player by pro­duc­ing the likes of Magic Mike and White

House Down, Foxx, an Os­car win­ning ac­tor and Grammy- win­ning singer, has no plans to try the ul­ti­mate power play: en­ter­ing pol­i­tics.

“It’s too tough right now. We have come to a huge log jam,” the 45- year- old says. “The best way to infl uence is out­side of pol­i­tics, by us­ing our light and our celebrity to shine upon things we think are im­por­tant.”


Opens at Vil­lage Cinemas on Thurs­day

UN­DER AT­TACK: Jamie Foxx and Chan­ning Ta­tum in White House Down.

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