Channing Tatum had a strong 2009, with key roles in “Fighting,” “Public Enemies” and, of course, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” He’s working right now in New York City on “Son of No One,” a reunion with “Fighting” and “A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints” director Dito Montiel. He stars as a young cop assigned to work in his childhood neighborhood, a role that puts him in close contact with fellow star and screen legend Al Pacino. In an interview with MTV’s Josh Horowitz on the set of “Son,” Tatum revealed that he’ll soon be working with another pair of celebrated Hollywood figures.
“I’m going to shoot a Ron Howard comedy. Ron Howard, Vince Vaughn producing,” he said. “I just came on kind of late so I don’t exactly even know the whole cast.”
It’s quite a jump for the young actor, to go from a blockbuster 2009 to starring with Al Pacino to being directed by Howard in a comedy with Vaughn. “I’m just excited,” Tatum said. “I haven’t done comedy really. I did it really young in ’She’s the Man,’ but I wasn’t really doing the comedy. Amanda Bynes was doing the heavy lifting on that. And I’m hoping Vince Vaughn does the heavy lifting on this one. I’m honored to get to work with the guy.”
Although Tatum doesn’t name it, the movie he’s referring to is undoubtedly “Cheaters.” Vaughn stars with Kevin James and Winona Ryder in a comedy about a man who learns that his best friend’s wife is messing around. The script comes from Allan Loeb, who is currently working on the “Escape From New York” remake, and Howard is directing.
For now, Tatum doesn’t want to reveal the particulars of his role. “Most of my scenes are with Vince,” he admitted. “I don’t know if I want to [say anything else]. I might want it to be a surprise. [My character is] definitely going to be crazy, that’s for sure.”