Channing Tatum Never Considered Himself a Very Smart Person; Talks Childhood ADHD, Dyslexia

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Channing Tatum may seem like a lively person taking on the role of a stripper (loosely based on his own life), but the Florida native talks to about his struggles with in ADHD and dyslexia in his childhood.”I have never considered myself a very smart person, for a lot of reasons,” he tells  T, The New York Times Style Magazine. “Not having early success on that one path messes with you.”

He continued, “You get lumped in classes with kids with autism and Down Syndrome, and you look around and say, Okay, so this is where I’m at. Or you get put in the typical classes and you say, All right, I’m obviously not like these kids either. So you’re kind of nowhere. You’re just different. The system is broken. If we can streamline a multibillion-dollar company, we should be able to help kids who struggle the way I did.”

From early on Tatum realized he was a physical guy, “I’ve always negotiated the world very physically, from football to tussling at the playground to taking my clothes off,.My dad’s a physical guy. I think that’s how I wanted to see myself as a kid, how I won approval, and it’s no secret that that’s how I got into this business. But over time I’ve been able to develop other aspects of myself, sort of on-the-job training.” But tatum has taken up sculpting…yes sculpting… as a pastime when he needs a little downtime from the noise in Hollywood.

You can see Channing take on his most demanding role in “Foxcatcher,” in theaters November 14.

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