It’s no secret that Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer aren’t BFFs. In a new interview with Bret Easton Ellis, however, Pettyfer admits he’s partially to blame for their long-rumored feud.
“It’s true,” Pettyfer said when asked if the two Magic Mike costars butted heads on set of the 2012 flick. “Because Channing Tatum does not like me — and for many reasons [and] many being my own fault.”
According to the actor — who was noticeably absent from the sequel Magic Mike XXL — he got a bad rep on set of the original film because of his own insecurities.
“I was scared to speak,” he recalled during the podcast interview. “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.’ That’s not true. I was just generally nervous and scared to be myself. I was in character.” (As previously reported by Us Weekly, sources told Us at the time that Tatum “thought Alex was a diva on set” and that he acted like a “jerk.”)
Things got worse between the two hunks when Pettyfer, 25, failed to pay rent to Tatum’s friend, whose place he was staying in at the time. According to Pettyfer, he “couldn’t breathe” in the apartment because he was allergic to what he believes was mold and dust. After moving out of the unit, Pettyfer said he “forgot” to pay rent due to his cousin’s death.
“All of a sudden,” Pettyfer claims, “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.”
“By the end of it,” he continued, “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.”
Things didn’t improve after that, either. During Magic Mike reshoots, Pettyfer claims that Tatum, 35, told everyone that he didn’t like him. “What Channing says goes,” he told Ellis. “He’s a movie star. I made the poor decisions.”
Pettyfer, however, has since learned from those poor decisions.
“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 concluded. “It was an incredible experience making Magic Mike. I wouldn’t replace it for anything.”