Channing Tatum's ex-stripper friend Thomas "Awesome" Austin came forward with fellow dancer London Steele to set the record straight about Tatum's creative dance moves in "Magic Mike".
"Awesome" Austin told TMZ that the names, stories, and erotic chair movements of Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike were not created by Channing Tatum.
The aging stripper, who used to work with Tatum as strip dancers in Florida, say that the film's stripper moves and titles were stolen from his own catalog of dry humps and occult-inspired nicknames.
Austin also says he invented "The Hot Seat" --the really sexy move featured in the preview--and he coined the pseudonym "Magic Mike" for another dancer whose name is presumably "Mike" rather than "Channing".
Austin further substantiates his claims by referencing Tatum's 4-months of experience when they met, saying "[Tatum] only danced for 4 months. How many events could have happened to him?"
"Look, there's nothing that's factual in this whole movie other than that I was an 18-year-old kid and went into this world and I dropped out of college from playing football and was living on my sister's couch. There's not one character that I took from my real life; this is just a world that I went into, and I had a perspective on. And we created everything from a fictional place.
"I don't want to say anything bad about them because they're part of the reason why I think this world is so interesting. They're very interesting, intriguing and bizarre characters, and I'm thankful for weird people out there. They're some of the most creative people."
But just where Magic Mike really got his creativity from is yet to be answered, probably in a messy court trial.
The bottom line is if you're gonna steal dance moves and nicknames from strippers who taught you the moves, the least you could do is hire them to train your actors. Or dedicate the movie to them. Duh. Everyone knows that.
If you haven't watched the trailer, you'll find it below: