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How Channing Tatum Bruised His Behind in ‘White House Down’ Stunt

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Channing Tatum in 'White House Down'

Channing Tatum in 'White House Down' (Photo: Columbia Pictures)


Channing Tatum loves to move for his movies. Last year, he got down and dirty as a dancing stripper in "Magic Mike." But for his upcoming action romp, "White House Down," he may have finally gone too far.

Tatum performed most of his own stunts for the ultraphysical role. One was especially hairy. "I did a drop from about nine [or] 10 feet in the air, and [I landed] pretty much smack onto my back. That was a pretty crazy stunt," the 33-year-old actor told Yahoo! Movies.

Tatum plays Capitol policeman John Cale, who finds himself trying to save the president (Jamie Foxx) and his own daughter (Joey King) as mercenaries attempt to take over Washington, D.C. And in the middle of a fight with the baddies, he gets tossed from a full story up onto a glass roof.

The trailer for the film, directed by Roland Emmerich, who also directed "Independence Day," promises loads of high-spirited, action-packed scenes.

See the first look at the new 'White House Down' trailer premiere:

When it came to his free fall and other stunts, Tatum managed to get away unscathed -- for the most part. "Did I injure myself? No, not really. Got a big bruise on my butt cheek, but other than that, it wasn't too bad," he said.

He did admit that the big drop stunt messed with his head a little. "It was just more scary because someone is essentially throwing me over their head, so I'm not really in control of the jump." And Tatum did it without wires.

The filmmakers had to keep him from going even further with the maneuvers usually left to stuntmen. There was a planned 25-foot drop that he was looking into doing -- though the pros were trying to talk him out of it during filming.

Tatum has a history of going for it when comes to stunt work, and he was forbidden by filmmakers from wading into some massive Scottish whitewater rapids for his 2011 adventure film "The Eagle." He performed most of his stunts in that film too, and got banged up and bruised as a result.

"You just have to put yourself into the stuntman's hands and just go for it," he said of his daring "White House Down" fall.

"White House Down" drops into theaters June 28.

See the exclusive new poster for 'White House Down':

 

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