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Channing Tatum

Ex-Stripper Pals Upset --

You Stole Our Moves!!!

6/18/2012 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Channing Tatum and Magic Mike
Two ex-male strippers who once worked with Channing Tatum claim his new movie "Magic Mike" is a giant SLAP IN THE FACE ... claiming the actor stole THEIR stories and turned it into his own Hollywood gold.

FYI -- Tatum doesn't just star in the film, he's also a producer -- and has claimed the film is partially based on his real-life experiences as a dancer back in Florida. 

But TMZ spoke to Thomas "Awesome" Austin and London Steele -- both guys worked with Tatum back in his FL stripper days -- who say the film is based more off their lives than his ... even down to the title -- "Magic Mike" -- which is a name Austin says he coined for another dancer.

'Awesome' Austin tells TMZ ... he and his former male dance buddies are a like a "brotherhood" and, while they're happy for Channing's success, they feel betrayed by the actor for not involving any of them in the film.

They claim they took Tatum under their wings when he was a nobody and taught him all their special stripper-moves like "The Hot Seat" -- which is featured in the film and Austin says he invented it.

The guys tell us, after seeing parts of the final product they feel slighted ... claiming Tatum failed to consult them for accuracy and insist that, without them, he wouldn't have any material.

Austin explains, Channing was an "amateur" when he met him and says "he only danced for 4 months. How many events could have happened to him?"

A rep for Channing had no comment.

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1.

cass    

The movie is partially based on his experiences, those other dudes need to jump off a bridge already.

669 days ago
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Stiletto    

Thay should thlap each other thilly!

669 days ago
3.

kim is a publicity whore    

i believe the friends.

669 days ago
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Barbara    

these guys are bein' total jerks. just cause Channing is a big star now, they're taking advantage of it for publicity so actually, it turns out to be the other way around!! also, diggin' back from his past it's a total lack of respect! I bet Channing doesn't feel comfortable about having all these pictures being passed around like they are now. get a grip, old male unfamous strippers!

669 days ago
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Paul B    

Brainless drop kicks...l hope they move off the edge of a cliff.

669 days ago
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Neda    

Well they need to travel around the world because all dancer dance like that you just have to put swag with it lmao

669 days ago
7.

Truth    

YAAAAAWWWN!!!!! SORE LOSERS GOT NO CHANGE!! BINGO!!! MONEY TALKS BULLSH*T WALKS... #TRUTH!!

669 days ago
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Binah    

Oh yes... You are the only male strippers in the country, and no one has ever had moves like that. Dudes, I was watching male strippers do this stuff when you boys were in diapers. Nothing is original.

669 days ago
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Max    

Typical Hollywood BS. He shouldn't be surprised, any male stripper has more morals and ethics than any actor or actress in Hollywood. Actors are entertainers, they add nothing to society.

669 days ago
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Anonymous    

Geeze, do these guys pay royalties when they dance, or is every move they do 100% original? Yeah, I thought so.
Get over it losers.

669 days ago
11.

Whatevs    

The grapes are getting sour!

669 days ago
12.

Lovejac23    

Yeeeeah......Pretty sure people arn't watching the movie for the story line. Ya think? ;)

669 days ago
13.

lisa    

Guys should not be strippers anyway. It's weird.

669 days ago
14.

tenley    

It's like suing Taylor Swift for writing about her relationship with you. Oh, wait, now there's an idea ...

669 days ago
15.

Tammy    

Oh, cry me a river, you haters!! He said it was partially based on his experience.

669 days ago
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