Did Channing Tatum Steal ‘Magic Mike’ from Ex-Stripper Buds?

by | June 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM | General, Movies

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Two former male strippers are blasting Channing Tatum over the authenticity of ‘Magic Mike,’ telling TMZ the actor stole their stories and are passing them off as his own.

Tatum has admitted that the film—of which he’s also a producer—is loosely based on his own experience as a stripper.

But Thomas “Awesome” Austin and London Steele, who both worked with Tatum as dancers in Florida, told the celeb news site that even the title of “Magic Mike” was ripped off. Austin said he came up with the name for a fellow dancer.

Austin also said he and other ex-dancer chums feel that Tatum betrayed their “brotherhood” by flying solo on the project after they had shown him the ropes in his rookie days.

According to Austin, Channing was an “amateur” before meeting him. “He only danced for four months,” he said. “How many events could have happened to him?”

They even claimed the erotic moves in the upcoming film are their doing, including “The Hot Seat,” which Austin said he invented.

Austin added that they’re happy for the success Tatum’s found in Hollywood, but felt slighted after seeing parts of the finished movie, which hits theaters June 28. The guys claimed their old pal wouldn’t have a film without them, and that they should have been consulted for accuracy.

Tatum’s rep had no comment.

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