Channing Tatum Has Unearthed The Buried Memories Of His Disastrous ‘Tokyo Drift’ Audition

02.04.16 9 months ago

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Stars – They’re just like us! By that we mean they also bury traumatic events deep inside until it’s time to talk about it on an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Channing Tatum popped up on last night’s edition of Kimmel for an appearance that was stuffed with memorable moments. One of those key nuggets of Tatumdom? The story of how we nearly lived in a world with the 22 Jump Street star in The Fast and the Furious series. Yes, that could have been a thing and yes, we’ve contacted every Hollywood studio about making this story into an unlikely sequel for Sliding Doors.

Tatum told ABC’s late night host that he auditioned to be in Tokyo Drift, but stunk up the joint so bad that he ended up conceding defeat before the session was even over. To be fair, we’re fascinated by the idea of what a Fast & Furious 3 audition gone right looks like.

“I stopped in the middle of the audition, like, ‘I think we’re done, right?’” he said. “I blocked it out so I don’t remember the specifics, but it was a combination of me being just bad, not remembering the lines, totally freaked out. I was probably sweating a lot. They didn’t even try to stop me.”

Imagine how much it costs to have Channing Tatum sweating a lot in a room in 2016! That’s something that oligarchs would shell out millions to make happen at a birthday party, but back in the Tokyo Drift days, it was just another embarrassing trait of a bad audition. We’re going to take a BOLD stance and say that the dude managed to bounce back in pretty impressive fashion.

There’s still time to cram Channing Tatum into The Fast and the Furious universe, mind you. Maybe he could play Vin Diesel’s very frustrated insurance agent or something. While we attempt to Velveteen Rabbit that scenario into existence, you can catch Tatum in the new Coen Brothers joint Hail, Caesar! this Friday. FilmDrunk’s Vince Mancini thinks it’s the tops!

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