Channing Tatum + ‘Magic Mike’ Costar Stopped Speaking Over Unpaid Rent
Did you stop speaking to an ex-roommate because of bills left unpaid? Two Magic Mike stars can identify!
Yesterday (November 30), on Bret Easton Ellis' podcast, actor Alex Pettyfer addressed a rumor that Channing Tatum hated his guts by basically confirming it was the case ("It's true...and for many reasons [and] many being my own fault," he noted). Pettyfer guessed Tatum's scorn might have stemmed from Pettyfer being young and a little mouthy in interviews, or the fact that his quietness around set of the stripper film registered as arrogant. Likelier, though, it was the fact that Pettyfer stayed in Tatum's friend's apartment in New York City and didn't pay—a choice that may have cost him a role in Mike's 2015 sequel.
Pettyfer said a combination of allergies to the sublet's dust and mold and an unexpected family death led to his early departure, and that when he neglected to keep paying, he got a bit of a poison pen from Tatum.
"All of a sudden got a very negative email from Channing, rightfully so, saying 'Don't f--- my friends," he recalled. "You owe money. Pay the f------ money. Don't be a clown.'"
Pettyfer explained that—though he understands his error in hindsight—he took offense to Tatum's demands at the time and dismissed him.
"I really took that the wrong way, which I shouldn't have, and emailed him back and said 'Listen I'm in a really negative situation, negative head-space could you respect me for a moment and blah blah blah.' And then I just got hounded through this time of grieving for money, and by the end of it I just basically said 'F--- them," he remembered. "'What is money when life is so much more. I'm not dealing with this and I'm not paying.' And I should have just paid."
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