Channing Tatum: Wrestling is tough

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

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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."

Foxcatcher

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 130 min
  • 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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