We all knew Channing Tatum could dance, but who knew he had such a set of pipes on him?
Bringing to screen Hail, Caesar!'s own Gene Kelly-type not only involved Tatum showing off his usual, formidable dance skills; it's also the actor's first chance to sing on a feature film. That is, instead of having to once more re-establish his mastery of the lip-sync.
He plays Burt Gurney, a Hollywood star described by Tatum himself as a "song-and-dance man". Speaking to People, the actor elaborated a little further on the scene; "Burt is with a bunch of guys doing a big dance number. I had to do flips and pull-ups, that stuff it's really, really fun."
"Burt is the kind of an actor who has an outfit for everything," Tatum continued. "He has his eating-dinner outfit, his soul lives in his hair. I think he's kind of a moron. A lot of the actors in this movie are portrayed as morons, which I think is hilarious."
The clip sees him perform 'No Dames', a riff on the kind of nautically-themed musical numbers that populated the likes of On the Town, Follow the Fleet, and Anchors Aweigh. Hollywood just had a period in which it was really, really into musicals about sailors taking shore leave, OK?
Yet, the Coens are a mischevious sort; Gurney's superficially innocent ditty about sailors embarking on a dameless voyage is riddled with euphemisms, as the sailors come to terms with the fact all they'll be coming across on their travels are octopuses, clams, and maybe a couple of mermaids.
Tatum stars across George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, and Ralph Fiennes. All players in the Coen Brothers' fiendish screwball comedy, which sees Brolin's private investigator on the hunt for a missing movie star.
Hail, Caesar! hits UK theatres 4 March.
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