Channing Tatum's Old Stripper Friends Claim He Used Their Stories For 'Magic Mike'

5:41 AM EDT 6/19/2012 by Katrina Grant, Celebeat Reporter

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Many people may be happy about "Magic Mike" hitting theaters next Friday, but there are a few who are not. Reportedly the men that inspired the film claim producer and actor, Channing Tatum, ripped off the story from them and turned into a movie.

Before Tatum hit the big time as an actor, he was a stripper in Florida, where he danced with Thomas "Awesome" Austin, London Steele and Magic Mike. Tatum's fellow dancers claim that the movie is more based on their lives and experiences rather than his and that they feel slighted that Tatum did not ask them to appear in the movie.

"He only danced for 4 months," Austin said. "How many events could have happened to him?"

Austin also said that when Tatum began stripping he took him under his wing and even showed him "The Hot Seat" dance, which is used in the movie.

Tatum has previously said that he told the director about his experiences as a stripper and that the director said he wanted to make the movie.

"I did this for about eight months of my life, and I told [director Steven] Soderbergh about it, and he was just like, 'Look, we have to make this into a movie,'" Tatum previously said to MTV News.

While stripping, Tatum went by the name Chan Crawford.

"Magic Mike" hits theaters June 29 and stars "True Blood" actor Joe Manganiello, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer. The movie revolves around a man that takes a job as stripper to earn money to break into Hollywood.


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