“The Vow” director Michael Sucsy has no trouble recalling his first impression of Channing Tatum, at least not anymore. “A friend reminded me he’d shown me an issue of Details or GQ and (Tatum) was on the cover, and I said, ‘Well, I’d work with him!’
“He’s an extremely attractive guy, but when his name came up for ‘The Vow’ … I’d always seen him play these emotionally colder, sort of military parts.” After meeting with the actor, however, Sucsy told producers: ” ‘He’s perfect for this. This guy’s got a bigger heart than his chest cavity.’ I sensed it in that meeting and can confirm it now: He is the white knight he plays in this movie.”
After only seven years in the business, Tatum is emerging as a complex figure: In person, he projects a guy’s-guy Southern gentlemanliness; he made his name in dancing movies; his filmography is dotted equally with popcorn flicks and collaborations with Steven Soderbergh, Dito Montiel and Kimberly Peirce. And despite those uncomplicated screen personas that gave Sucsy pause, the former model and stripper is now a hands-on producer.