Channing Tatum is anything but shy.
In 1999, the model-turned-actor danced and stripped at a Chippendales-style revue called Male Encounter -- and Us Weekly uncovered the exclusive footage in 2009! To celebrate the release of his new movie, Magic Mike, re-watch the star perform under the alias "Chan Crawford."
At 18 years old, Tatum approached the troupe's owner, London Steele, about a job at the now-defunct Florida nightclub. "He was shy at first, but he really knew how to work the stage," Steele told Us in 2009, adding that Tatum lip-synched and earned $50 a night (plus tips!) during his year-long stint.
Unfortunately for the Male Encounter patrons, the revue had a strict no-nudity policy -- though Tatum did show off his bare booty in a neon thong!
The actor, who married his Step Up costar Jenna Dewan in July 2009, was so impressive he caught the eye of a female casting agent who put him in Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" music video. The rest, as they say, is history.
Magic Mike is in theaters June 29.
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Flashback! Channing Tatum Strips at Age 18
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