On April 13th, Channing Tatum will do something no man has done before: receive an MTV Trailblazer award at the MTV Movie Awards. The award, given to Tatum for ¨boldly paving the way with his unique and diverse path in the film industry¨ according to MTV, has previously only been won by women. It seems fair to say MTV have gone in a pretty different direction.
Ahem. Everyone still with us? Alright, take a minute, and we'll regroup at the start of the next paragraph.
Anywho, since the Trailblazer award is intended to celebrate ¨megawatt talent and scene-stealing performances¨, Tatum seems a natural choice to follow the Emma's Stone and Watson in receiving the award. As MTV themselves put it, Tatum is:
a different kind of Trailblazer, one who has shown his ability to play everything from a talented dancer from the wrong side of the tracks, to a hero capable of saving the world from imminent danger.
He will definitely be a popular choice - there won't be many nominees at the awards show with a larger and more committed fan-base - and is coming out of a big 2013, with a disappointing response to White House Down largely balanced out by a big hit in GI Joe: Retaliation.
He even began 2014 playing Superman - though admittedly in The LEGO Movie rather than the Zack Snyder film. Even then, with a tiny block of screen time and only his voice to work with, Tatum clearly embodied the scene-stealing and diversity embracing ethos of the MTV Trailblazer Award, as well as making it technically possible for everyone to take their own miniature version of him home.
The rest of his 2014 is, if anything, looking even bigger, with both Foxcatcher, a weighty looking biopic of the Olympic Champion Wrestler Mark Schultz, and Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowski's latest epic slice of science fiction, coming to cinemas this year. Add in the much anticipated 22 Jump Street, his reunion with Jonah Hill for another thick, bromance-filled pile of undercover comedy action, and this award looks like it might just be the beginning of a big, big year for Tatum.
Will he peak by 2015, though? Well, there's still a little film called Magic Mike XXL in the pipeline, so i'm willing to stick my neck out here and say no. No he will not.
Let me know what you guys think, though! Have I got Tatum all wrong? Does he deserve the Trailblazer award, or should it have gone to someone else? First to comment wins their very own Channing Tatum.*
*Note, this is not in any sense true.