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Paul Feig Wants Channing Tatum For Gay Romantic Comedy

In an interview with CinemaBlend, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig revealed his top casting choice for a gay romantic idea he has in development: the sexiest man alive, Channing Tatum.

The biggest news Feig dropped between courses was that he is in development on a romantic comedy in which he'd like Tatum to star, which he expects will turn the genre on its head (worth noting-- Tatum's reps have emphasized that Feig's enthusiasm does not mean anything is actually happening yet. So this is mainly wishing and hoping at this point). But before you start pondering which pretty starlet with share space on its poster, let me tell you it's a gay rom-com. It's premise is that a normal schmo gets involved with someone as crazy hot as the Sexiest Man of The Year, and basically can’t cope.

Tatum isn't officially involved in the project, but he sounds like the perfect choice. So who does Feig see envision playing opposite Tatum? New SNL member John Milhiser.

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  1. So a straight man get top priority for a gay role, not knowing if he even wants to participate.

    John Milhiser is very cute; someone good looking should play opposite him. Channing is not good looking enough.

    Posted by: Andy Towlette | Oct 13, 2013 12:14:40 PM

  2. I agree, the only reason this would "turn the genre on its head" is the idea of a straight man playing the gay role(s).

    It's not like there haven't been plenty of gay rom-coms starring gay men. It's that it's not (or at least hasn't been) something that can be marketed to straight audiences as an event.

    Brokeback Mountain was absolutely brilliant, but I can't help but feel that if both leads had been out gay men, it would have been a big hit at film festivals and a minor bright light in gay DVD sales.

    At least as much attention is given (Robin Williams in the Birdcage) about how believably gay a straight actor can be, and of course, all the "what was it like to have the love scene? Did you need a bucket to vomit into, or just a barf bag?" interviews.

    On top of everything else, a rom-com role would require Channing Tatum to actually talk on screen. Not his strong suit.

    Posted by: Lymis | Oct 13, 2013 1:06:30 PM

  3. Please no, not Channing Tatum.

    Posted by: lankyguy | Oct 13, 2013 1:08:52 PM

  4. The obvious choice would be Wentworth Miller, not Tatum O'Neal.

    Posted by: CVP | Oct 13, 2013 1:13:26 PM

  5. The charming Mr Channing might be secure enough in his masculinity to play the role-that Milheiser guy is cute I might have start watching SNL again.

    Posted by: jarago | Oct 13, 2013 1:21:17 PM

  6. Don't do it Tatum. Career killer.

    Posted by: Glen | Oct 13, 2013 2:18:36 PM

  7. Screw Paul Feig. I want Channing Tatum for my own, private romantic comedy.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 13, 2013 2:45:04 PM

  8. Channing simply can't act.

    He's had many opportunities and failed. They use him in films because of his looks. He looks good in print, but the second he starts talking it's over.

    Bad choice.

    Posted by: Will | Oct 13, 2013 3:17:32 PM

  9. Only when he opens up about his "experiments" with men

    Posted by: litper | Oct 13, 2013 3:19:05 PM

  10. The obvious answer is Charlie Hunnam, since he's no longer occupied by that 50 Shades thing.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 13, 2013 4:04:02 PM

  11. Exiting the "50 shades" disaster is the best career choice Hunnam could make- love to see him and Tatum as gay lovers.

    Posted by: jarago | Oct 13, 2013 6:10:22 PM

  12. Oh, please. Of course Channing Tatum can act; anybody CAN act. It's just that Channing doesn't have much range as an actor. He's done rom-coms before, so this WOULD be within his range and I think he would be perfect for this role. I hope this movie actually happens.

    Posted by: Joseph | Oct 13, 2013 7:32:16 PM

  13. Please no, not Channing Tatum.

    Posted by: lankyguy

    Agree, completely. He is so overrated, both in the looks department and with respect to his his acting skills.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Oct 13, 2013 11:33:04 PM

  14. I hope they consider Wenworth Miller or Matt Dallas.

    Posted by: Sancho | Oct 14, 2013 12:24:47 AM

  15. I'm sure James Franco is constantly blowing up Paul's phone right now.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Oct 14, 2013 12:34:20 AM

  16. He wouldn't go for it. Feig is better off offering that part to Tom Cruise.

    Tatum knows he's fooled around with guys during his stripper days. Of course he wisely omitted that detail from Magic Mike, but no male stripper can make money off of single women. He knows it, and we know it too.

    I actually find pretty funny that Feig would say this, and I'm guessing he knows something we don't.

    Posted by: stranded | Oct 14, 2013 12:51:28 AM

  17. Not rom-com. The Front Runner. Channing Tatum plays marine-turned-track & field coach Harlan Brown and Zac Efron plays the titular Billy Sive. Not a lot of talking in this movie, thank god.

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Oct 14, 2013 6:09:47 PM

  18. Channing is just a meathead who lucked out.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Oct 15, 2013 1:48:27 PM

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