Channing Tatum is not a man content to stick with just stripping movies or goofball comedies - he's always trying to show some range in front of and behind the camera with the likes of Foxcatcher, which tells the disturbing, tragic and thrilling true story of John du Pont, who killed his close friend Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler, David Schultz.
Next up, Channing is eyeing another true-story lead in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Jason Padgett's memoir Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel. The flick would undoubtedly see Tatum uncover a whole new range; starring as a mathematical savant. His character deals with introversion, post-traumatic stress, and chronic pain. Here's the official synopsis:
No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, numbers call to mind distinct geometric shapes, and intricate fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches, revealing the intrinsic mathematical designs hidden in the objects around us.Yet Padgett wasn’t born this way. Twelve years ago, he had never made it past pre-algebra. But a violent mugging forever altered the way his brain works, giving him unique gifts. His ability to understand math and physics skyrocketed, and he developed the astonishing ability to draw the complex geometric shapes he saw everywhere. His stunning, mathematically precise artwork illustrates his intuitive understanding of complex mathematics.
The first documented case of acquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia, Padgett is a medical marvel. Struck by Genius recounts how he overcame huge setbacks and embraced his new mind. Along the way he fell in love, found joy in numbers, and spent plenty of time having his head examined. Like Born on a Blue Day and My Stroke of Insight, his singular story reveals the wondrous potential of the human brain.
If there's one actor who can be a smoldering, festering piece of emotional raw meat, I'm really hoping it's Tatum. He's been stepping up (sorry) to new career challenges of late, and I'm welcoming it with open arms.
That said, watching Tatum do math in this movie, all I'm probably going to want him to say is this:
What do you guys think, can Tatum rise to the Struck by Genius challenge?