There have been more than a few rumors that Channing Tatum and British actor Alex Pettyfer didn’t get along on the set of the first Magic Mike flick, but now Pettyfer has confirmed them — and then some.
Speaking to Bret Easton Ellis on the writer’s podcast, Pettyfer spilled all the tea, and for once, our own lives seemed calm and adult by comparison.
When asked about their feud, Pettyfer said:
“It’s true. Because Channing Tatum does not like me — and for many reasons [and] many being my own fault.”
But the 25-year-old, who was 21 or 22 when filming Magic Mike, says his on-set reputation was something of a misunderstanding:
“I was scared to speak. 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.”
And it didn’t stop there. Apparently, Pettyfer was living with a friend of Tatum’s when he allegedly had an allergic reaction to the apartment and “couldn’t breathe” there.
He moved out, but didn’t remember not paying the last month’s rent due to a death in his family.
“All of a sudden I got a very negative email from Channing — rightfully so — saying, ‘Don’t f*ck my friends. You owe money. Pay the f*cking 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.”
Negative or not, this is where we’d expect Pettyfer to just pay the damn rent and move on with it, but he chose the other path:
“By the end of it I just said, ‘F*ck 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.”
We’re pretty sure skipping out on your last month’s rent is a pretty good reason not to like someone.
But it would seem the whole thing’s been a learning experience:
“What Channing says goes. He’s a movie star. I made the 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 It was an incredible experience making Magic Mike. I wouldn’t replace it for anything.”
Moral of the story: Don’t be a dick; pay your rent.