Channing Tatum's On-Set Injury Made New Film More Believable
Actor Channing Tatum arrives at the premiere of Screen Gem's "Dear John" at Grauman's Chinese Theater on February 1, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)
Channing Tatum suffered a very painful injury on the set of The Eagle when a set assistant accidentally poured very water down his wetsuit to ward off hypothermia, but the film's director Kevin MacDonald says his pain made his scenes more believable. No pain, no gain, right?
Kevin told Total Film magazine: “In some ways it did me a favor because what I was trying to do in that section was break him down. But Channing’s such a bulk and so strong and capable that it’s very hard to make him feel like he’s reached the end. He could hardly walk but it was good because it meant that when he was fighting in the final battle he was in pain and couldn’t do it very well.”
Channing Tatum described the injury as “unbelievable brutal” but is grateful he wasn’t left with permanent damage. He said: “There are no words … It was unbelievably brutal.
“There’s no scars or anything. I remember the medic saying, ‘I know it’s no consolation now, but it’s a good thing it hurts because it means there’s no nerve damage.”