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While friendships like those between Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox of Friends or Zach Braff and Donald Faison of Scrubs would lead us to believe that co-stars always leave set as superstar best friends, not every pair of on-screen pals has a happy ending.

The 2012 stripper classic Magic Mike had audiences leaving theaters smiling from ear to ear, but there was a lot more tension on set than the final product would have us believing.

You may have heard the rumors of the beef between Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer. Talk in the town cited big egos, bad manners, and hurt feelings, all of which sounded more like an episode of Real Housewives than a group of grown professionals. But according to Alex Pettyfer, it's all true.

In a recent interview with Bret Easton Ellis, the British actor confirmed that he and Tatum are far from friends, and even went into some of the details as to why they don't get along. Us Weekly took an excerpt of the conversation for our convenience.

Maybe it's because the dust has settled a bit, but Alex takes much of the blame upon himself, saying that he was going through a tough time and made a bad situation worse.

"Channing Tatum does not like me -- and for many reasons [and] many being my own fault."

After filming Magic Mike and not being invited back for the sequel this year, there have been rumors that Alex Pettyfer is difficult to work with. He goes on to address his reserved demeanor on set, clarifying that it wasn't arrogance or diva-like tendencies that kept him from socializing, but nerves.

"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."

When filming concluded, Tatum wasn't quiet in accusing Pettyfer of having less than professional behavior on set. But it may have been some off-set issues that really exacerbated the issue between the men.

In the podcast Pettyfer admits that there was an incident between them in which he hadn't paid Tatum's friend, whose house he was staying in, the rent he owed.

According to Pettyfer, he was grieving the death of his cousin and the living conditions were far from ideal due to a potential allergy, so paying his dues was the furthest thing from his mind. After he moved out of the apartment, he received a harsh email from Tatum.

"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, 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."

In the end, all this probably means is that we won't be seeing Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum working alongside each other anytime soon. They say "time heals all wounds," but I don't think anyone saying that has had to deal with real estate in Los Angeles. Those wounds never heal.

(Source: Bret Easton Ellis, Us)


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