Channing Tatum is ready to "go back to work" after a quiet year

Magic Mike star Channing Tatum has revealed that he’s ready to start working again after a quiet year away from the spotlight.

His only movie project of 2018 is the animated feature Smallfoot, where he voices a Yeti named Migo in a twist on the legend narrative in which humans are mythological creatures.

Last year was a highly successful period for the 38-year-old, starring in both Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Steven Soderbergh’s comeback project Logan Lucky.

Explaining his time taken out of showbiz lately, Tatum told Variety: “I have a kid, man. That is the biggest job that I have.”

Fortunately for fans of the likes of Foxcatcher and 22 Jump Street, the actor is now ready to return to the limelight, adding: “I’m sort of ready to go back to work. I don’t know what I’m ready to go do yet, as far as, is it acting, is it directing, is it producing, writing… Maybe I’ll come and start interviewing people, I don’t know.

“I have no clue what I’m going to do, but I’m having fun though.”

Smallfoot also stars basketball icon LeBron James – who’s developing a sequel to Space Jam – but never in his wildest dreams did Tatum think he’d collaborate with the sporting star.

“I didn’t think I’d be anywhere where LeBron James was, much less an animated movie about Yetis. I love him. Everybody loves LeBron for their own reasons, he’s just an insanely smart person,” he elaborated.

“We talked at length about the studies they did with his school [St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Ohio]. I was like, ‘Why are you just doing third and fourth grade? What about those grades are special?’ And he said that those are the grades that if you can get them, if you can grab the kids’ attention to learn, then you can draft off that all the way into college… The guy can literally do anything.”

Smallfoot hits cinemas later this year.

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