Mutual admiration society
White House Down stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx are full of praise for each other. Neala Johnson reports
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.”
WHITE HOUSE DOWN
Opens at Village Cinemas on Thursday