jeremy paul gordon

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December 26, 2012 at 10:09am
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 Channing Tatum won’t get nominated for an acting Oscar because he’s Channing Tatum. But I feel like the Academy should create some special category to acknowledge all of the frankly incredible elements at play in making his performance in Magic Mike transformative in a way that probably every slab of Hollywood meat would disembowel their agent with a rusted hammer in order to emulate. The title is wonderfully simple/effective, too. I mean, what else would you call a guy who automatically offers his hand to his fellow man, no questions asked? Who gently deflects the hulking stereotype he appears to be, all of the time, without taking offense? Who takes on the burdens of others at great personal cost?  Who endeavors to claim more than he was given with less than what everyone’s got? Who seems so sensitive and thoughtful as to make every self-styled “nice guy” out there throw up his hands and give up, because who could romantically compete with such a physically and emotionally perfect human specimen? I guess you’d say he was magic.

 Channing Tatum won’t get nominated for an acting Oscar because he’s Channing Tatum. But I feel like the Academy should create some special category to acknowledge all of the frankly incredible elements at play in making his performance in Magic Mike transformative in a way that probably every slab of Hollywood meat would disembowel their agent with a rusted hammer in order to emulate. The title is wonderfully simple/effective, too. I mean, what else would you call a guy who automatically offers his hand to his fellow man, no questions asked? Who gently deflects the hulking stereotype he appears to be, all of the time, without taking offense? Who takes on the burdens of others at great personal cost?  Who endeavors to claim more than he was given with less than what everyone’s got? Who seems so sensitive and thoughtful as to make every self-styled “nice guy” out there throw up his hands and give up, because who could romantically compete with such a physically and emotionally perfect human specimen? I guess you’d say he was magic.

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