Tampa Goes Hollywood: Chan Tatum stole my friend’s girlfriend

I’m making my lists and talking to who I can. My first blog will be an interview with Rachel Jones, a filmmaker who recently wrapped work on Blue Valentine starring Michelle Williams. Jones has met everyone from Steven Spielberg to Dakota Fanning. As a kid, she caught the movie bug watching flicks at the late great Northdale Court Theater in Tampa.

As for Chan Tatum, I have contacted his people but no luck yet getting a response. I guess he’s busy talking to GQ, which is cool; I’d probably talk to them first too. Still, come on Chan, I know a guy who knew you way back when and you stole his girl.

Chan Tatum stole my friend’s girlfriend. That’s right; the hunky spray-tanned star of summer’s G.I. Joe, is allegedly a heartbreaker. Of course, this rumored event happened in seventh-grade, back when Tatum was just another kid trucking his backpack to and from Hillsborough County Schools.

These days, Tatum is a celebrity, living it up with the best of Shangri-La, and he isn’t the only one. Tampa has produced many Hollywood success stories, going as far back as actress Lauren Hutton. Brittany Snow of Hairspray and American Dreams fame went to Gaither High School, my Alma Matter. Rachel Specter of The House Bunny appeared in Maxim’s Hot TV Girls in 2007. In 1995, she spent the night at my house.

This blog is about all those familiar faces and more. My goal is to interview (and or write about) every former Tampanian working in film and television. Then, I’ll post the interviews. Of course, I have to get the interviews first.

If anyone knows anyone who knows anyone, shout. In the meantime,

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