Ever wonder why Alex Pettyfer never appeared in Magic Mike XXL? In an interview with Bret Easton Ellis for his podcast, the 25-year-old actor reveals the reasons why. Apparently, he believe it’s because Channing Tatum didn’t like him.
When asked if the English actor didn’t get along with Tatum, he answered “It’s true.” But according to Pettyfer, it was all his doing. “Because Channing Tatum does not like me – and for many reasons [and] many being my own fault,” he revealed.
The Endless Love actor explains his insecurities and people’s misunderstanding of his attitude on set is why he got a bad rap. “I was scared to speak,” he said. “I actually did my work and I sat in the corner and listened to music because I had been told anything I did was wrong by my reps.”
“I was very insecure as a human being. That also gave me a bad rep because everyone was like, ‘Alex doesn’t speak because he thinks he’s better than everyone else,’ ” Pettyfer added. “That’s not true. I was just generally nervous and scared to be myself. I was in character,” he further explains.
Making his already-tense relationship with Tatum worse was an incident involving Channing’s friend. Pettyfer didn’t pay rent to Tatum’s friend who owned the apartment where Alex was staying. Due to an allergic reaction to dust and mold, and a death in the family, Pettyfer moved out and forgot to pay the rent.
“All of a sudden, I got a very negative email from Channing — rightfully so — saying, ‘Don’t f—k my friends. You owe money. Pay the f—king money. Don’t be a clown.’ And I really took that the wrong way, which I shouldn’t have, and emailed him back and said, ‘I’m in a real negative headspace and can you respect me for a moment and blah, blah, blah.’ And I got hounded through this time of grieving for money,” Alex continued. “By the end of it. I just said, ‘F—k them, what is money when life is so much more. I’m not paying.’ And I should have just paid. I think he was looking for an excuse to not like me.”
In the end, Alex doesn’t hold a grudge on his part. “Channing was actually an incredible influence on me because after this whole situation happened – this was kind of the end of my immaturity and all my experiences put into one,” he admited. “It was an incredible experience making ‘Magic Mike’. I wouldn’t replace it for anything.”
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