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The new Sexiest Man Alive Channing Tatum has said in a new interview that he would like to take a break from acting next year. He’s not quitting full time though and he does have several projects in the pipeline. The Magic Mike star just wants to take the time to write a project that he and Magic Mike co-writer Reid Carolin will direct.
He told Entertainment Weekly, “[Reid and I] have about three to four ideas that we love that are all in the hopper. By the end of next year, we’re going to shut things down and write the first thing that we’re going to direct.”
Tatum continued, “We’re going to be like, alright, no more acting parts for a minute, let’s take a few and really get caring about that section of our career.”
Tatum had a busy 2012, starring in the box office hits 21 Jump Street, The Vow and Magic Mike. He was then named People’s Sexiest Man Alive and EW put him on their list of Entertainers of the Year.
He already has several projects lined up, including an Evel Knievel biopic, Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher and White House Down.
“I love the steps that I’ve taken acting-wise. That has been a wild sort of exploration,” he told EW. “But I don’t want to just keep putting [directing] off for these fun and incredible opportunities.”
Tatum revealed that he and Carolin have learned the craft of directing from Soderbergh and are ready to put those skills to the test.
“I don’t think Reid and I would have the balls to try to make a movie without learning what we did from Soderbergh and [assistant director] Greg Jacobs,” he explained. “It was like a crazy crash course Cliff Notes on directing and how to make movies, literally get them done. We had a Matrix-style download, like a plug in the back of the head and bloop! I know Kung Fu now.”