Channing Tatum: Wrestling is tough

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 September 2014
Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum couldn't believe how tough wrestling was when he trained for his role in 'Foxcatcher'

Channing Tatum says wrestling is one of the "most painful" things he's ever done.

The 34-year-old actor stars as Olympic medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz in the film 'Foxcatcher' - which is based on real life events - and while he enjoyed learning the sport, he has no plans to carry on doing it.

He said: "Wrestling is one of the most painful things I've ever done. I've played many sports but none like this. It's the only sport I know where you have no down time, no time to pull away and rest.

"Even in boxing, you can back away and dance around a bit, but in wrestling you're locked in combat with the other guy the whole time, and that's it.

"It was an amazing discipline to learn, but I do not need to do it ever again."

The '21 Jump Street' star - who turned down the role in 'Foxcatcher' when he was first offered it because he felt he hadn't grown up enough to understand the psychological thriller - also admitted his love of sport has led to him becoming a very competitive person.

Quizzed on how competitive he is, he told Britain's HELLO! magazine: "Very, very competitive. I wish I could say I've evolved into the sort of person who's a good loser, but I'm not.

"I'm the kid who is not happy at all if our team loses, and I'll go to pretty much any length to win. I get that from my dad."


  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Bennett Miller
  • Cast: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo
  • UK release: 9 January 2015

Mark Schultz (Tatum) is a gold-medal-winning Olympic wrestler who exists in the shadow of his more successful older brother Dave (Ruffalo); then eccentric billionaire John du Pont (Carell) offers to become Mark's sponsor. Based on a true story, it's an ominous study of psychological torment, with career-best performances…

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