"White House Down" star Channing Tatum is, deep down, still the same guy who used to eat one meal a day at Checkers. He worked long and hard to get his big break, and now that he's hit the big time, he tries hard to remember not to get used to the weirdly infantile treatment big stars receive.

In the July cover story for "Vanity Fair," Tatum explained, "I don't remember who said it, but I do believe that whatever age you become famous, you end up staying that age. Because from that point you're not asked to be a normal citizen," he said. "We're not asked to do things ourselves. You have someone there with a coffee. 'You want food? I'll get you food.' I put my bag in the trunk yesterday-I can't drive here-so my driver, great guy, Terry, amazing, I call him T-Bone, I drop my bag in and left the trunk open. And I get around to my door, and I'm like, 'What the f*** am I doing? That's not my behavior.'" Tatum also adds that for people who hit it big at a young age, like Justin Bieber, it's harder to stay grounded. "It's so hard for someone to be responsible when they're not asked to be." (We're thinking the gold chains and leather shirt indicate that the Biebs could take a few lessons in humility from Tatum.)

Tatum also discussed growing up with a learning disorder and fatherhood. Appropriately enough, his character in "White House Down" is a policeman at the Capitol who's tasked with saving not just his daughter but the president himself (played by Jamie Foxx) from bad guys.

If you'd like to watch Tatum eat soup with a puppy, ride a horse, and snuggle a baby pig, you'd best watch the black and white short film by Bruce Weber that accompanies this story.

[via Vanity Fair]

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum Welcome Baby
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