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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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31.

Dohi    

I'm sure they weren't the first to do those moves. lol

671 days ago
32.

Glenn    

"Hollywood gold"? (Are they kidding? ...or just clueless? ...dross maybe) It's not like even the "true" Hollywood stories are actually true--adapted from a story based on a story inspired by true events (only the names have been changed--to protect us from being sued).

671 days ago
33.

Prophet    

I am a professional choreographer in the Tampa Bay Area and I can tell you that Channing was LUCKY he only danced with those clowns for a short time. They were attractive guys but they were also noticeably GAY! They were not even talented dancers. 90% of their show was lip-syncing to boring slow songs and spent most of their time humping the girls in the crowd for tips. There were some really talented Male Revues in Tampa Bay back in the 80's and 90's but these idiots were not among them. This movie is going to be great!

671 days ago
34.

Jen    

If any of them had the talent they'd have done the same.

671 days ago
35.

tmzwhore    

Wahhh....they're the ugly ones anyway, even tho the others are blurred out.

671 days ago
36.

Prophet    

If you look at the You tube videos of London you'll see how slow and boring his routine is. His guys were all "Bump-And-Grind" strippers. They just ripped their clothes off then went out into the crowd to grind for tips. The audience used to tell them to pick up the tempo, you're boring us!

Then you can also look at the videos that Thomas posted. There he is sitting in front of his Double-Wide trailer saying what a god he is! LOL!
Thomas had the nickname of "Bam Bam" because he was big and stupid.

If you want to see professinal dancing just look at the trailer for the Magic Mike Trailer.

ENOUGH SAID!

670 days ago
37.

Amber    

are they REALLY getting upset about a stupid stripper movie??? you need to "give credit" to guys who just take their clothes off for a living?! this has got to be the dumbest **** i've ever heard!!! talk about trying to make a quick buck!

670 days ago
38.

Prophet    

UPDATE! The original "Magic Mike"?, check out his recent photo on mugshots.com! look for Michael Sorrentino, (same name as the Situation BTW). Arrested twice for cocaine possession and for 2nd degree murder!. Did some jail time in Broward and Pinellas counties. Now there is ANOTHER Movie script! lol! http://mugshots.com/US-Counties/Florida/Broward-County-FL/Michael-Sorrentino/details/

670 days ago
39.

sd001    

That is what is wrong with society these days, everyone suing everyone for everything. Ideas are just ideas and they always are based on something. Jeeze some people just really need to get a life.

669 days ago
40.

Prophet    

OOPS, MY BAD, HERE'S THE ORIGINAL "MAGIC MIKE, NOW IN PRISON. (search) -MUGSHOTSdotCOM, Michael A Sorrentino

669 days ago
41.

luvprue1    

The movie was base on Magic Mike (played by Tatum) and his relationship with the kid/aka Adam. Magic Mike was one of Tatum's friends,and that means that Tatum was "Adam". The young 19 year old stripper. So I can see that the guys have a point. I saw the movie yesterday,and it was great.

667 days ago
42.

Lincoln    

Did he slip and refer to "London's character" in this interview?

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/56597

660 days ago
43.

Amanduhhh    

Tatum shouldnt have to include them.. its like winning the lottery and then your coworkers expecting some kind of hand out.. nope!

296 days ago
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