22 Jan 2010
Channing Tatum's wife forced him to do a striptease for her.
The 'Step Up' actor enjoyed his time as an exotic dancer when he was 18 and says his spouse Jenna Dewan - who he married last July - was delighted when he revealed his secret to her, but insisted he showed off his skills straight away.
He said: "I did it for almost a year. I've lived a crazy life, for sure.
"It seemed like a fun thing to do at the time and I got out unscathed. It's nothing I'm ashamed of and I'm not proud of it either. I wanted to talk about it in the beginning of my career but my publicist wouldn't let me.
"When Jenna found out about it, one of the first things she did was make me give her a dance."
The 28-year-old star is now planning to draw on his experiences to make a film about a male stripper - and will even bare all for the part.
He told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: "I've already got the director picked out. I'd like Nicolas Refn, who did the movie 'Bronson', to do it because he's insane for it. It needs to be a crazy film and I think it's also possible to do a cute, romantic movie."
"Will I strip for it? Oh yeah. I'm going to be getting back in my thong again. Jenna will laugh her a*s off."