Alex Pettyfer, Channing Tatum Feud: Former 'Magic Mike' Star Dishes On Beef With Co-Star, Reveals What Really Happened Between Them [AUDIO]
The issues between them led to intense speculation about his not being involved in Magic Mike XXL, and now, Alex Pettyfer is finally opening up about the beef he and Channing Tatum had while filming the first movie in the franchise.
Pettyfer opened up about their feud and took credit for his role in the major beef that ultimately led to his character being cut from the movie's sequel, despite his being billed as a lead in the original. While speaking on writer Bret Easton Eliis's podcast Nov. 30, he said that Tatum genuinely doesn't like him, but for good reason.
"It's true," Pettyfer said of the rumors he and Tatum had a falling out on the set of Magic Mike. "Because Channing Tatum does not like me--and for many reasons [and] many being my own fault."
He admitted that Tatum was originally not sold on casting him back in 2011 because of his bad boy reputation at the time, and that he almost wasn't cast at all, if it hadn't been for director Steven Soderbergh vouching for him. However, once he arrived on set, he admits he didn't talk to anyone, which didn't help his reputation with the rest of the cast and crew.
"I didn't speak on the movie. I was scared to speak. I actually did my work and I sat in the corner and listened to music because I had been told that anything I do is wrong by my reps," he admitted. "I was very insecure as a human being and that also gave me a bad rep because they said, 'Oh Alex thinks he's f***ing better than everyone else because he doesn't speak to anyone,' and that's not true. I was just genuinely nervous and scared to be myself. I was in character."
However, the real issues came when he and then-girlfriend Riley Keough rented an apartment from one of Tatum's friends in New York and broke the lease after complaints of dust and mold--and forgot to pay the rent he still owed after his cousin died.
"They asked for four months rent, which in hand I should have paid there and then," he said. "What happened was my cousin passed away, his lungs collapsed and he died...and I was devastated and dealing with family drama and forgot about the situation which was the apartment."
Then, Tatum got involved and told Pettyfer to pay what he owed, something he says he didn't react to very well because of what was going on in his personal life.
"And I all of a sudden got a very negative email from Channing, rightfully so, saying 'Don't f**k my friends. You owe money. Pay the f***ing money. Don't be a clown,'" Pettyfer recalled. "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**k them. 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.'"
And though he said he believes Tatum was looking for an excuse not to like him and had helped turn the rest of the cast against him, he still says that he doesn't regret the experience of working with him on the movie.
"Channing was actually an incredible influence on me because after this whole situation happened--this was kind of the end of my immaturity and all my experiences put into one--and Steven Soderbergh was a huge part of that was well and I owe my life to that man," he said. "It was an incredible experience making Magic Mike. I wouldn't replace it for anything."