Channing Tatum on 'White House Down,' Jamie Foxx as president (Video)
Channing Tatum talked about his upcoming action film, "White House Down," which he says definitely brings the entertainment.
The 33-year-old actor opened up at the film's New York premiere on June 25. After discussing what he enjoys about the high-action thriller, he talked about one of the film's most interesting components -- Jamie Foxx as the president.
"There's not that many people that can play the president, there's really not," Tatum explained at the film's premiere, in an interview provided by Columbia Pictures.
"There's not that many people who can play the president, or God," he continued. "And, for me personally, we thought about it -- and I didn't know. In the few days before Jamie was asked to play the part, I had no idea. This movie came together pretty quick -- I heard about it, Roland called me, I was like 'I'm in' -- and then we were like, 'Who's going to play the president?'"
The film, which hits theaters on Friday, June 28, sees Tatum playing a capitol policeman who was just denied his dream job with the Secret Service -- protecting President James Sawyer (Foxx). Not wanting to let down his daughter, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is then overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. With the nation's government falling, it becomes up to Tatum's character to save the president, his daughter, and the country.
While the actor admits that the subject matter is a little "dark," he promises that it's a good time and a film that the whole family can enjoy.
"It's an entertaining movie," he explained. "Yes it's about something very dark and of someone attacking the White House and trying to take it over, as well as America, and you know, I think it's kind of an interesting time to have that movie where America's so divided right now, as far as like red, blue, xyz, and, I don't know -- it's a fun, popcorn family way to go and experience that. I love watching movies about impossible things that people overcome."
The thriller was directed by Roland Emmerich, who also directed the popular 1996 film "Independence Day." The "21 Jump Street" actor -- and new father -- praised the director's work on the film.
"When I met Roland -- I think movies are direct mirrors of the people that make them," he said. "They see the world with the same viewfinder as the movie and like, he's got a big heart and he's got an entertainer's soul, and I just wanted to be a part of it."
Check out clips and interviews with the cast above (WARNING -- Movie clips contain gun violence). Also, check out a trailer for the film below.