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Friday
Jul202012

How is Channing Tatum Just Like Rick Moranis?

Here's a brain teaser for you...

QUESTION: What do Channing Tatum and Rick Moranis have in common? Those readers who don't know who Rick Moranis is (you're just a baby!) can skip ahead to the comments for the answer...

ANSWER: Both actors managed the extremely rare feat of three consecutive $100 million grossing movies in the same year!

Rick Moranis did it in 1989 with...

  • Ghostbusters 2
  • Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
  • and Parenthood  

Channing Tatum in 2012 with...

  • The Vow
  • 21 Jump Street
  • and Magic Mike 

[Okay technically Magic Mike has not hit $100 million yet but it basically happens tonight!]

Congratulations to Chan. May he not fall out of the movies as soon as Moranis did thereafter. 

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Reader Comments (14)

I guessed correctly! Woo hoo!

July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWill

In defense of Moranis, he retired by choice. It'd be big news if he decided to do something besides voice work.

July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I assumed you suspected Tatum won't last like Moranis.

July 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter4rtful

...is Channing heading for the A-list? because damn, i totally would'nt have predicted *that*.

July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDerreck

Moranis didn't "fall out", he retired. I think I read that he wanted to be a good dad to his kids, he's a widower after all. I remember I had the biggest crush on him as Barney Rubble in the Flintstones (opposite Rosie O'Donnell as Betty). God, I was a creepy teen.

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLalaland

Would you count Helena Bonham Carter's 2010 with Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter 7, and The King's Speech? Or not really since most of the money for the latter film was made in 2011 and/or she's not really the "main star" of all the films?

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Chan is a pimp. He probably has enough money to retire now and quit acting. Matthew McConaghuey is also a pimp but he is a real actor too. Did you know he's losing like a lot of muscle mass in order to play an Aids victim? You don't have to be cutting edge to be a real actor. I think Chan did a great job in Magic Mike, and if he plays the cute & funny nice guy roles for the rest of his career then that doesn't make him any less of a good actor. But maybe he might want to try something out of his range just to see what happens.

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

For a moment I thought that Channing got cast in the Little Shop of Horrors remake! It would be SOOO wrong.

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames T

Sweet natured comedians, like Moranis, often have long careers, while comedians who are more topical can go out of fashion. When Moranis' family is grown, he could work a lot if he wanted to. He would look like a new surprise to many who hadn't seen him before.

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Andy -- You should see Channing Tatum in "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints." He's quite effective as a character that is not merely a "cute & funny nice guy" as you called it. The whole movie is flawed, but Channing Tatum is actually one of the standouts in the movie. You might be surprised at his range.

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCash

Cash: I disagree. Didn't find him credible in Saints at all. The problem for me with him is that little seems to be going on beneath the surface. This worked to his advantage in 21 Jump Street, and he clearly has solid comic timing, at least with funny scripts (always helpful). He was terrible in The Dilemma with a far worse script. Magic Mike is an outlier (probably his best performance to date), yet it was almost everyone in that films best performance to date (pettyfer, munn, top tier mcconaughy), which usually points to the director/editor/screenplay being the cause.
My point being, I don't find Tatum to be a good actor, he has (or his team has) however made smart choices in the last year or so. He works when he finds roles that fit his limited range, have good scripts, talented costars, and usually good directors, but then again, almost anybody can work well within those requirements. He'll continue to be successful if he is super smart about his choices. He just has a fine line to walk.

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

The charming Mr Tatum will have a career as long he can flash his perfect butt- and besides he seems to be able to play romantic leads, comedy, action movies and yes dance.

July 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

Imagine if his "G.I. Joe II" hadn't gotten bumped to March 2013!

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge P.

@cash. Hell Naw. He was the best thing in the dilemma. Shit even the critics agree. He was the reason I dint walk out of the theater.

He was very good in A Guide to recognizing your saints. 21 jump street converted me to a fan. I no longer hate the dude. Glad for his success.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRay
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