We poked a little fun at Channing Tatum’s email skills in an earlier story about the actor’s dream of starring in a Ghostbusters spinoff. During said exchanges, Tatum allegedly was asking Sony executives if they’d let him "show the world the DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a HUGE BATMAN BEGINS MOVIE." He seemed pretty excited. But then we saw what happened after 22 Jump Street opened big. "Epic" isn’t even the right word.
This email comes to us from the ongoing Sony hack, but instead of leaking a script or spoiling a conversation, it simply shows that Channing Tatum’s a bro. He’s a total dude who’s totally stoked when his movie does awesome. And in celebration of his scathing comedy breaking huge bank, Tatum (according to Defamer) writes incredibly joyous, slightly boastful emails like this NSFW outburst. Just so you understand, Tatum, Jonah Hill and Sony Chair Amy Pascal are learning that 22 Jump Street had the second-highest opening for an R-rated comedy, displacing Seth MacFarlane’s Ted. Needless to say, Channing Tatum is pleased:
Is it overkill to reproduce that entire email? Totally. But I wanted you guys to understand just how happy Channing Tatum was that 22 Jump Street overperformed. And it truthfully did! At $57 million, the Jump Street sequel gave Tatum the biggest live-action opening of his career. (Only The LEGO Movie had a bigger opening.) It almost doubled the opening weekend number of the initial 21 Jump Street, and it proved that Tatum and Jonah Hill had a legit franchise on their hands – to the point where recent hacked emails revealed possible plans to merge the Jump Street universe with the Men In Black series.
I’m not sure how good of an idea that is, but that’s not the point. I’m legitimately comforted by the fact that the ultra-serious dude from Foxcatcher -- the guy who appears like he could snap my neck like a twig – sends hilariously pompous emails to his friends and colleagues when he’s experiencing a true upbeat moment in his professional life. And for that reason alone, I hope Tatum, Hill and Pascal get to make 10 more Jump Street movies, allowing C-Tate to write 1,000 more emails as gleeful as this.
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