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You probably already knew this, but it needs to be said again: Channing Tatum has got sex appeal for days. We’ve known about his ability to channel hardcore masculinity, but now it appears he also has a feminine side we never knew about. The actor recently took to the stage on Lip Sync Battle – going up against his wife Jenna Dewan Tatum – and channeled his inner Beyoncé. Check it out below.
The video warms us up with probably the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Channing Tatum: Magic Mike. In the first act of the segment we get a re-creation of Tatum’s “Pony” dance sequence from Magic Mike XXL, only the twist here is that it’s Tatum’s wife, Jenna, doing the performance. Now, I could be totally alone in this, but I'm a proud warm-blooded male and she most certainly made me forget that her choreography was originally intended for a male performer…even with her painted-on abs.
However, it’s Channing’s performance that really sells the video. After his wife is done, he does a little rendition of Beyoncé’s “Run The World (Girls)” and absolutely kills it. He comes out in true diva fashion – complete with an oversized model horse – and being the talented dancer that he is, he nails the choreography. Then something unexpected happens: Beyoncé herself shows up and joins the actor on stage. By the time the performance is all said and done the crowd is left going nuts.
In my opinion, the biggest takeaway from the video – aside from the fact that both Tatum's have more sex appeal than any of us could ever hope for – is the fact that Channing Tatum really did find his calling in the comedy genre. Yes, he’s hunky as hell, and yes he’s going to probably kill it as Gambit, but at the end of the day some of his best work has come from his ability to throw caution to the wind and have fun. We see him do this in the Jump Street franchise, as well as the Magic Mike films – which really are him making fun of his own history as a male stripper. Even action movies like White House Down ans G.I Joe: Retaliation (as briefly as he was in the film) benefited from the moments of levity he provided.
If you haven’t checked out Channing Tatum as Queen Bey yet, then please do yourself a favor and watch it. I know it’s only been a little over a week since the year began, but something tells me that when people discuss the best pop culture moments of 2016 next December, this will most certainly be one that rears its head.