According to a June 2008 GQ interview with LaBeouf, “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” director Dito Montiel, who cast both LaBeouf and Tatum in the movie, instructed the two, along with co-star Peter Tambakis, to become friends.
And what better way to become friends than by stealing Spider-Man bookmarks in the dead of night?
According to LaBeouf, once unleashed upon the streets of New York City, a plan was hatched. “Channing was supposed to be the head honcho in the movie, so he goes, ’All right, you see that bookstore? Somebody throw a rock. Let’s break in and steal a Spider-Man bookmark’,” he said.
Then, again according to LaBeouf, Tatum kicked in a window, stole some superhero bookmarks and ran down the street. At the time, Tatum’s reps told the magazine that the story was “inaccurate.”
Now that Tatum’s taking his turn in the mag, he can tell his side of the story, an evening that he said was “one of those nights that the volume just keeps getting turned up, turned up, turned up.”
In his GQ interview, asked specifically about The Beef’s allegations, Tatum said, “I don’t know what the hell story he was telling in his interview. I really don’t. I’ve never seen him since then. The kid’s an incredible actor…I just wish that he would just act. Just act, man!”
But, wait. About that window…
“I definitely kicked in a window that night,” he admitted. “But it wasn’t Barnes and Nobles. Just a window. I was running.”
Then, of course, like any future leading man would do, he hid in a pile of trash bags before splitting off from LaBeouf and Tambakis.
Now, however, Tatum says he knows “it was stupid” to run around and pretend to be hoodlums.
“It was more of just us being so young and not having any real clue of how to do what we were trying to do in this movie,” he said. “I think actors always sort of feel fake, for a lack of better words. You always sort of feel like a fraud. And I think that was us trying to be like ’Oh, we’re tough…I’m tough’.”
Deep, man. Read more of Tatum’s thoughts about his wild night with LaBeouf at GQ.