Channing Tatum Was Almost In the 'Fast & Furious' Movies, But He Screwed It Up

Channing Tatum Was Almost In the 'Fast & Furious' Movies, But He Screwed It Up

Feb 04, 2016

The smooth and suave Channing Tatum recently stopped by the Jimmy Kimmel show while promoting Hail, Caesar! (in theaters this week), and while there he romanced a lucky stranger yanked off the street in honor of Valentine's Day (watch the video below), but he also spoke about his worst audition ever for the film Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Back in 2006 -- before the Fast & Furious franchise found its footing again, reuniting franchise stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in 2009's Fast & Furious -- there was Tokyo Drift. And apparently a young Channing Tatum who was just starting to blossom as an actor (this was around the time of the first Step Up movie and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) auditioned for a role in the Fast & Furious sequel.

And he botched it... hard.


He tells Kimmel (via E!), "I stopped in the middle of the audition. I blocked it out mainly, so I don't remember the specifics. I think it was a combination of probably me being just bad, not remembering the lines, like totally freaked out, probably sweating a lot." 

He goes on to add that the producers admitted that it was probably a good idea he stopped the audition, and now we're insanely interested in seeing how it all went down. We also wonder whether Tatum landing the part would've morphed into a larger role in future Fast & Furious movies. 

One bad audition certainly didn't stop the guy from making it in Hollywood. Tatum went on to star in a Step Up sequel before really gaining some ground in 2008 and 2009, starring in films like Public Enemies and G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

We bet the Fast franchise would love to have him back for another go at it -- whaddya think? After all, there are at least three more films on the way, arriving in theaters in 2017, 2019 and 2021.

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