Channing Tatum for GQ Magazine

Posted on May 23, 2014

Geez, we really want to say we like this one. We think Channing’s kind of charming and cute when he’s styled correctly, but he’s so weirdly digitized on the cover that he barely looks like himself.

Channing-Tatum-GQ-June-2014-Tom-LOrenzo-Site-TLO (1)Channing Tatum covers the June 2014 issue of GQ magazine photographed by Sebastian Kim.


On his love for food: “I just love cake. Confetti cake, to be specific. It has little colored candies inside the cake, and then you get the confetti icing, which is really hard to find sometimes. It’s really hard to explain to people, because it’s not icing with sprinkles on top. It’s icing that actually has candies inside of it. It’s Funfetti icing. The icing, coupled with the actual confetti cake. It’s a beautiful mix. It is an angel sent from heaven.”

On his favorite show “The Biggest Loser”: “I really do love it. It’s terrible and it’s bad, but I really do think it’s because I have an inner fat kid in me. If I didn’t enjoy sports so much… My dad was 370 pounds at one point. I definitely have that. I can completely lose myself into just absolutely satisfying things—a really amazing cheeseburger, a pizza, good fries, a beer. I enjoy being comfortable and eating whatever the hell I like. It’s a big thing for me, just having the freedom to be able to do that.”


And while we love a man who loves his food…

Channing-Tatum-GQ-June-2014-Tom-LOrenzo-Site-TLO (2)Shirt by Todd Snyder | Jeans by A.P.C.| Vintage Belt and Bracelet by Melet Mercantile

Channing-Tatum-GQ-June-2014-Tom-LOrenzo-Site-TLO (3)Shirt by Calvin Klein Collection | Pants by Calvin Klein Collection | Tank top by Calvin Klein Underwear | Loafers by Tommy Hilfiger | Necklace by Kaufman’s Army & Navy | Watch by Rolex


… these pictures are CHEESY AS HELL. We don’t know… it all looks like a parody of a guyditorial. We’d almost believe it was, except it’s not staged in an abandoned roadside diner.

And that styling doesn’t suit him. They’re going for ’50s hep cat, but he looks more like Jethro Bodine. Not a good use of his assets, GQ. He really comes alive when you put him in a gorgeous suit.




[Photo Credit: Sebastian Kim for GQ Magazine]

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  • Dorothy & Michael n/a

    Ha! Jethro Bodine. Now that’s a name you don’t hear every day. Good one! But you’re sure as hell right about him not looking his best.

  • Jean Genetic

    Channing… I’ll always remember him leashed and on his knees in “This Is the End.” Now that’s a guyditorial I’d like to see in a magazine!

    • RidgewayGirl

      A male version of the recent one with Katie Perry and Madonna would be interesting as hell. I’m not holding my breath, though.

    • lundibleu

      That … sounds interesting. Would be a bit of a departure for GQ!

    • Alloy Jane

      Wait, whut?? Off to google I go!

    • TropiCarla

      I watched that movie with E as wife-penance. He loves the crass stuff. I was able to mostly keep a mildly disapproving look on my face throughout — except for this scene, which made me scream in laughter. At once horrifying audacious and hilariously absurd — I can never forget it either.

    • muzan-e

      “Channing Tate-Yum!”

      I never really appreciated him until I saw that.
      And 21 Jump Street.
      Lest we imagine my appreciation is solely for Tatum in a collar. Er.

    • holla

      that and magic mike is all I ever see when I hear his name. love it.

  • Laura

    It’s like they tried to morph him into Ryan Reynolds with Photoshop. O.O

    • sweetestsith

      Seriously, wtf? If someone had
      labeled the inside pictures as Ryan Reynolds I would have believed it.
      These just don’t look like Channing. Tsk tsk, photoshop. Tsk!

      Seeing Channing’s name *does* remind me that I want to buy White House Down… It’s so cheesy fantastic. Hmmm…

    • MishaFoomin

      Yes, exactly!

  • @Biting Panda

    I see Ryan Reynolds is getting his bronzing tips from GQ. Don’t do it fellas!

    Y’all know my love for the Chan Man. It is unconditional. This isn’t his fault. And I still want to eat funfetti icing off of his body.

    • ecallaw1977

      Agreed. Not usually my type, but his personality and sense of humor slay me completely.

  • Kitten Mittons

    Something is off about his face in the cover shot. I do like #2, though. Photo #3 is all cheese.

    Off Topic, the Saltine can in the back of #2!!

    • Anna

      Yeah, his face looks…askew. The J-Lo/St. Tropez amount of bronzer is cracking me up.

      • Kitten Mittons

        I think either the bronzer or the photoshop took out some of the angles of his face, so it looks wider or something. It looks like he beefed up for a role, but the other pictures don’t suggest that.

        It’s weirding me out.

        • Anna

          Same! It makes it seem like they moved his eyes closer together or something.

          • J. Preposterice

            I think that his eyes are looking in different directions in the cover shot, like they combined two shots and got one eye from each shot.

      • sundaynightaddict

        I wouldn’t be surprised if they did a horizontal flip in photoshop to orient the photo the other direction. It never looks right.

      • Alloy Jane

        I know, it’s like they turned his him into a giant five o’clock shadow.

    • decormaven

      I have that Nabisco tin.

      • Kitten Mittons

        My parents do, too. I’ve had thoughts of stealing it to bring home, but I still fear my parents. They raised me right, I suppose. Sigh.

  • WendyD

    I saw a press tour pic of Channing and Jonah Hill on People today for “22 Jump Street” and they both looked so waxy I honestly thought they might be at Madame Tussaud’s. He’s a pretty boy, but I fear he might be starting to dip into putty a little too hard.

  • RussellH88

    This is just weird. It looks like it’s pictures from the set of a Mad Men Porno. And his skin tone on the cover shot makes him look like a potato.

    • FibonacciSequins

      I laughed out loud at potato.

    • alyce1213

      He always looks like a potato to me.

    • banga

      Have you not heard his nickname? Charming Potato?

  • Julie Chase

    Ok, his love of funfetti is so adorable. And I love the jeans/plaid shirt on him.

    I was completely apathetic towards him until I saw 21 Jump Street, which I found surprisingly hysterical.

    • MarissaLG

      Yes! I had such low expectations for that movie, but it was actually really cute and funny.

    • random_poster

      Same here. I almost feel like this editorial is supposed to capture that same tongue-in-cheek approach, except I don’t think GQ is smart enough to pull that off.

    • RussellH88

      My brother and I made confetti cupcakes once to celebrate the premier of a season of Rupaul’s Drag Race (I forget which one)

    • Pterodactyl111

      He should do more comedies.

  • Ron Labhart

    It looks like the crotch area of the jeans in pic #2 was created entirely from scratch in post production. Weird.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Maybe he accidentally cracked an egg on it.

  • KateMaryC

    Oddly, what annoys me the most is that the burner isn’t on.

    • sugarkane105

      And the totally flammable carton is sitting ON the stove. Things like that set me on edge.

      • Bridget Smith

        Thank God the burner is off!

    • BLauD

      Too funny, but that is right what my eye went to, and it is making me twitch!

    • FibonacciSequins

      I’m pretty sure the stereo isn’t either.

    • majorbedhead

      That was the first thing I noticed, too. Not the gorgeous face, not the buff bod, no. Dood. Burner’s not on. Gonna have a tough time cooking that egg.

    • RussellH88

      I know, instead of a hot sizzle when the eggs in the pan it’s just going to sound like a turd falling into a toilet bowl.

    • lundibleu

      I was annoyed by that first, then I saw the shoes with no socks and that ruined it all.

    • Danielle

      Can’t unsee! I need to scroll back to the pics of Joe M and make sure my brain is still functional.

  • joancarol

    I just fell off my damn chair at “Jethro Bodine.”

    • FibonacciSequins

      That was a mighty fine reference, ya’ll.

    • decormaven

      Brain surgeon, fry cook, and double naught spy.

  • Jessi03

    I absolutely love how long that description of Funfetti cake is.

    • lbl

      MTE. I feel like I should fun if it, but I can’t because I love that cake too.

      And I didn’t know they sold icing with the candies mixed in. Why didn’t I know that?

      • Jessi03

        Oh yes. Funfetti icing is a thing. I don’t really like cake, so it’s lost on me a bit, but all my friends are basically Funfetti obsessed.

        • RussellH88

          You don’t like cake? What kind of creature robbed you of your soul?

          • Jessi03

            I think it’s too dry! I like carrot cake, cheesecake, and ice cream cake, but those are all arguably not really cake. Pie is my friend, though.

          • Skippymom1

            Homemade cakes are awesome and never dry. I promise you. And they’re darn near as easy as a box. I was with you on the dry cake thing Jessi that’s when I decided the heck with it and started making my own. And my own icing [that’s cheaper and better than store brand too.] But probably pie is my favorite too. Can’t wait for peach season. Yippeee!

          • DuBey2

            I’m with you all the way. Its the density for me. Except I don’t even like carrot cake or cheesecake. Just brownies, cookies, fudge, pies, and Godiva. I do love a flour less chocolate torte, though, but there’s density and moistness -yum yum.
            OK, reel it back in.
            Anyway, an advantage for us is we’re immune to the cupcake craze of the last several years.

          • Jessi03

            Thank goodness! I really don’t get cupcakes.

          • Jeremiah Capacillo

            Mmm pie.

          • muzan-e

            Sponge cake. Light as could be, with a thin layer of raspberry jam between the two layers and lightly-sweetened whipped cream on top. That is a cake I can relish. Ordinary cake is just too dry and substantial.

    • MilaXX

      That was his inner fat kid speaking loud and clear.

      • RussellH88

        On one of my shoulders, I have a fat kid.

        And on my other shoulder, I have another fat kid.

        • MilaXX

          I feel ya’

        • Jessi03

          My college friends used to tell me that I was a fat girl in a skinny suit. Once I grew up, I ate the skinny suit.

    • Pterodactyl111

      I laughed out loud for a long time. Also now I think I’m in love with Channing Tatum, because he is clearly a man with his priorities in order.

    • Danielle

      My husband lovingly described funfetti in as many words. I don’t get it, I’d rather drown in German chocolate.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    He needs to be cleaner or sillier; this hinterland here isn’t working so well.

  • Cee Layton

    That plaid shirt and jeans pic is straight up Sears catalog shit.

  • sugarkane105

    Channing always has been and always will be beautiful to me, but these pictures are pretty dumb. I honestly just want to know about the “Rise of the Asshole Sports Dad.”

  • FibonacciSequins

    Who the fuck approves this and why are they getting paid to do so?

  • Monica De Leon

    The 3rd pic is giving me a Chris Isaak vibe. Anyone remember him?

  • Monica De Leon

    The 3rd pic is giving me a Chris Isaak vibe. Anyone remember him?

    • Kitten Mittons

      Wicked Games, right? I can see it.

      • GinaGeo

        And Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing

    • Wink

      Chris Isaak. Sigh…

    • ktr33

      I knew Chris Isaak, Chris Isaak was a friend of mine, you, Tatum, are no Chris Isaak.
      [for the kids: reference to Dan Quayle/Lloyd Bentsen VP debate of like 1992.]

      • Skippymom1

        LOL I got this. Funny!

    • bluefish

      Of course — Chris Isaak — Divine.

    • GinaGeo

      Of course I do! I’ve seen him in concert no less than five times. He will always and forever be on my “list”.

    • Trent

      Remember him? Chris hasn’t gone anywhere — still tours constantly. I’ve been a fan since buying his first album in — gulp — 1984. And I’ve bought almost every one since. His voice is incomparable, his original songs are still great, and he’s as handsome as ever.

  • gefeylich

    Oh my God, I laughed for a minute straight at “he looks more like Jethro Bodine.” Actually, Jethro had way more class and talent. Much better looking, too. For the kids out there who don’t get the reference, Jethro was a character on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Heh heh heh heh. Spot on.

    • Skippymom1

      My husband has been using the Jethro Bodine line for years [in this manner] and I always laughed, but didn’t realize the character’s last name was actually Bodine [even tho’ I watched the show religiously]. Guess my husband isn’t as original as I thought. He knew what he was saying tho’. hee Thanks for the fun fact. :)

  • Denise Rambo

    He does have nice lips.

  • traceyishere

    Goofy but then this is GQ, the magazine that decidednot to be gay so many years ago.

  • bluefish

    He’s gotten to be a much better actor and what can one say about Magic Mike? Some mad skills on that front but he does have that Big Lug thing going on that these photos only underscore. Terrible.

  • Eric Stott

    They come off like the pictures in a porn layout, before the model strips.

  • alyce1213

    I acknowledge he’s a specimen, but he’s never done much for me. This layout doesn’t help. The props placed on the unlit stove are funny.

    • Anna

      Never understood the appeal either. They almost had me with the “guy cooking” concept, but the silly props and overall styling are just hella cheesy.

      • MilaXX

        The kitchen scene should have had Wonder Bread.

  • International Model

    One day, I will accept him as Gambit.

    • @Biting Panda

      I think he’ll bring the right amount of charm and I pray he can work the Louisiana accent.

    • MilaXX

      not unless he truly brings it in the movie.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I find Taylor Kitsch much cuter, so… I’m not sure when that day will come for me.

    • kimmeister

      I’m already predisposed to hate it, but I must reserve judgment until after I’ve seen it.

    • FrigidDiva

      Thankfully we have a couple of years until the movie comes out.

    • AthenaJ

      I still haven’t accepted Anna Paquin as Rogue.

  • Dandesun

    I have enjoyed him immensely ever since ‘She’s the Man’ and I’m not sorry.

    • Skippymom1

      Top 10 movie in this house [we raised 3 girls]. Love that movie.

    • FrigidDiva

      Ditto on that one. Love that movie. Comedy is really his forte.

  • Sarah Thomas

    The pictures don’t work, not really, but I admit they gave me a smile. So good job to Mr. Tatum.

  • MilaXX

    All the lols at Jethro Bodine! I like Channing. He really seems like a cool guy that I would enjoy hanging out with. I do not lust after him at all. He kinda looks like a thumb in a suit to me.

  • boweryboy

    The photoshop on the cover is atrocious. They gave him an even bigger head than he usually has paired with scrawny deformed looking chicken arms. Feh.

  • d4divine

    Heads should be rolling at GQ because this is a styling abomination!!

  • Tabby_abby

    Sigh. I need a moment alone.

  • nicewilliams

    ♫ Big man in a little shirt… ♪

  • Denise Alden

    Slightly off topic, but all you Veep fans, head over to the GQ website: a gorgeous and hysterical editorial with the guys in fancy suits for wedding guests!

    • Kitten Mittons

      Thank you!

  • ktr33

    He does nothing for him because his face says, “I am so dumb.” And the tight high-waist jeans and the short-sleeve sausage casing. Meh.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Why does he look like Ryan Reynolds in half these pictures?

  • madscntst

    I can smell the sweaty feet from here – put on some socks!

  • Bert Keeter

    WHat’s with the face? Looks like either some work is going on or really bad makeup for the shoot…

    • Glammie

      I think it’s too much Photoshop.

  • Skippymom1

    I started laughing when I got to the pics. You can take the diner out of the boy, but you can’t put that boy in the 50s.

  • Gatto Nero

    Massive fail all around.

  • Alloy Jane

    What a waste. And what the hell did they do to his skin on that cover?

  • Jessica Peterson

    I could not disagree with you more. I love this dressed down version of him. Of course he looks ravishing in a suit, but this pared down look makes him seem a little more attainable. And that’s how I like my Channing Tatum…talking about boxed cake mix and wearing clothes my husband would wear. So, maybe I just like to pretend Channing Tatum is my husband? That’s probably true. Also, he’s going to age like fine wine.

  • Siege

    I like the jeans and plaid shirt look, but why does he look so dirty? This is not a man who should be caked with bronzer!

  • Kristin

    I could not have cared less about him before this, but anyone who calls The Biggest Loser their favorite show is an asshole and gets put on my totally rational hate list.

    He also looks stupid and cheesy. Grumble grumble crankypants.

    • demidaemon

      I can’t hate anyone for their choice of television, knowing that mine is not much better.

  • formerlyAnon

    A very Charming Jethro, though. How best to combine “Charming Potato” and “Jethro Bodine?”

    Maybe somebody in the comments I haven’t read has done it.

    I do love ANYbody who loves food.

    • Alloy Jane

      Don’t mind me, I’m just going to park my soapbox here BUT: Contrast the basic nonreaction to his soliloquy on cake with the uproar over JLaw’s comment about girlfriends and loving to eat.

      Also, I hate funfetti candy in frosting but I love the dots they leave on the actual cake.

      • formerlyAnon

        Yeah, no way to miss the absence of hysteria over his admission that he eats. But while they get more leeway than the women, he is in one of the few professions in which success requires nearly as close a fixation on maintenance of a lean physique for men and women, especially under 40. So my irritation is muted. I figure anyone as fixated as he sounds about something as junky as Funfetti really IS spending a lot of time chewing through moderate portions of lean protein and vegetables when they really want greasy pizza and . . . cake.

  • LadyVimes

    He…does nothing for me. I don’t know why. I must be broken.

    • Vegas Girl

      Me neither. And in that same interview he said that he “is a high-functioning alcoholic.” So…. yeah, not attractive… and I really feel bad for his new kid.

      • Gloriana Reginata

        Winston Churchill was also a ‘high-functioning alcoholic’. I doubt Channing Tatum is going to be instrumental in winning a World War, but that doesn’t mean he can’t act, work or be a decent dad. Depends on how much the alcoholic side wins out over the high-functioning side, I suppose.

        • Vegas Girl

          Well, I wasn’t calling for him to lose any work or anything. But bragging about it in a magazine does make him much less attractive to me. Though to be fair, I didn’t find him attractive to begin with, he’s just not my cup of tea. And at the very least, his kid is going to see that interview at some point, probably when some jealous kid shows teases her about it in school. So, I still feel sorry for her that he’s putting that out there.

    • Little_Olive

      Same here. But I saw his stripper movie (*blushes*) and I liked how he didn’t seem to take it all so seriously.

      That cover is atrocious, though. It’s like he’s recovering from a blow on the neck with a metal pipe.

      • LadyVimes

        Ohhh I know the movie. No blushing required! Revel in the eye candy.

        (Although that movie was more depressing than I was expecting. Significantly more depressing.)

        • demidaemon

          It was. But I’m kind of glad it was, because that made it have depth and not a gimmick (though that sure as hell wasn’t how they sold it to the masses).

  • marlie

    He looks like Ryan Reynolds in the kitchen photo. Channing has never really done it for me, although he does seem like a nice guy in interviews.

  • Paula Pertile

    not feeling it.

  • Chase

    Channing Tatum looks like a potato. No matter how buff the man’s bod gets, I can’t get over the tater face.

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    He’s got that vacant stare that says he wasn’t too happy to be there either, thankyouverylittle…

  • kimmeister

    Cropped, cuffed skinny pants are not his look.

  • YoungSally

    The photoshopping on the cover suggests that he likes confetti cake just a little too much.

  • julnyes

    I just got around to watching Magic Mike this week so I am very aware of what Channing Tatum looks like …. these are not photos of Channing Tatum. Perhaps they hired a look-a-like? (I know, they just over did it with the photoshop)

  • ashtangajunkie

    I kind of love those two cheesy shots. Pretty adorable.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    That cover makes him look like he belongs in the Disney Hall of Presidents. Creepy!

    • P M

      There’s something robot/ android/borg-like about it.

  • GeoDiva

    I don’t understand how they can make him look bad, but they did!

  • Imasewsure

    Love this guy and love love me some Jethro but these pictures are odd for sure

  • Carleenml

    never got him/never will/pretty sure the only person who would find these pics sexy is my cousin Davey Wavey (google)/carry on.

    • P M

      You’re related to Davey Wavey?

  • Shelby

    I like it. 😀

  • t bell

    Yes, a gorgeous suit would be fine and no suit would be better.

  • sunflower

    Not my taste at all, but he seems like a sweet guy and is a great actor!

  • Closet Crisis

    A bit bizarre looking, but I wouldn’t kick him out of bed.

  • demidaemon

    It’s kind of a fail, though it’s nice to see some different content in the editorial. really a waste.

  • Trickytrisha

    I’ve never seen him onscreen, don’t much care for the photos here, but find his love of confetti cake with Funfetti icing hilarious – he’s still a little kid at heart apparently.

  • Man Dala

    I like the last photo with the headphones. The other two are awful.

  • smayper

    I hate those jeans with a deep, burning passion. Sears Tuffskins. But I truly love how intense he was about the cake icing — and I like the way he talks about weight — very honest.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    I think it IS a parody, which makes it kind of perfect. I’ve come to love this guy because he’s weird and funny when he could just rest on his hotness laurels. This Is The End shows he has no shame.

  • Linderella

    Everything you say is true, but it’s all trumped by this: I could look at him wearing or doing anything. It’s weird, because he is so not my type (too bulky and too straight-guy), but the sight of him sends me into a dither.

  • Vera

    The photos do nothing for me, but I once I saw him on screen, I understood what the fuss was about.

    • P M

      What is the fuss about? I’ve never seen any of his films (I know, I’m sorry, but I’m not a rom-com person)

      • Vera

        I found him sweet and quite charming.

        • P M

          Well, in the intervening time between my comment and yours, I looked up youtube clips. Not bad. And yes, easy on the eyes.

  • Shawn EH

    Jethro Bodine was a bad thing?

  • OhSheila

    They totally added Ryan Reynold’s face to his face to make these photos.

  • AthenaJ

    Charming Digital Potato.