Either Alex Pettyfer or Alex Pettyfer’s people (Does he have those?) have been trying to paint him as the new “bad boy” of Hollywood for years. Alex is supposedly shitty to work with and he bragged to VMan about how he got the words “thank you” tattooed over his dick just in case he forgets to say it. (I love a cocky b-hole douche so that made me swoon inside a little, but it turns out that his “thank you” tattoo is actually his name in Japanese. Getting your name tattooed in any language on your body is a zillion times more douchey than getting “thank you” inked into your crotch.) After Magic Mike came out, there was a rumor that Channing would rather toss a bitchy armadillo’s salad than work with Alex again.
They fought and Channing told people that he wants nothing to do with Alex. Alex was recently on Bret Easton Ellis’ podcast B.E.E. (via People) and he confirmed that yup, Channing hates him and he admits that it’s mostly his fault.
Alex said that because of his douchetastic reputation, Channing didn’t want him in Magic Mike, but Steven Soderbergh pushed for him and made it happen. So when Alex was on set, he kept his lips shut and kept to himself, because he was afraid of coming off as “himself.” I’m going to take that to mean that Alex’s true self is set to DOUCHE and his reps told him to keep that under wraps.
“It’s true. Because Channing Tatum does not like me – and for many reasons [and] many being my own fault.”
I didn’t speak on the movie. I was scared to speak. I actually did my work and I sat in the corner and listened to music because I had been told that anything I do is wrong by my reps. I was very insecure as a human being and that also gave me a bad rep because they said, ‘Oh Alex thinks he’s fucking better than everyone else because he doesn’t speak to anyone,’ and that’s not true. I was just genuinely nervous and scared to be myself. I was in character.”
Alex says that Channing’s hate for him grew a lot more after shooting finished. Alex and his then girlfriend Riley Keough rented an apartment from one of Channing’s friends. Alex claims that they left the apartment after four months because he had some kind of allergic reaction to the dust and mold. Alex says he “forgot” to pay rent, because his cousin died and he was going through some shit.
“They asked for the four months rent, which in hand I should have paid there and then. What happened was my cousin passed away, his lungs collapsed and he died … and I was devastated and dealing with family drama and forgot about the situation which was the apartment.
And I all the sudden got a very negative email from Channing, rightfully so, saying ‘Don’t fuck my friends. You owe money. Pay the fucking money. Don’t be a clown.’ I really took that the wrong way, which I shouldn’t have, and emailed him back and said ‘Listen I’m in a really negative situation, negative head-space could you respect me for a moment and blah blah blah.’ And then I just got hounded through this time of grieving for money, and by the end of it I just basically said ‘Fuck them. What is money when life is so much more. I’m not dealing with this and I’m not paying. And I should have just paid.”
Alex admits he was wrong for not paying rent, but also says that Channing was just looking for reasons to hate him. When the cast and crew of Magic Mike got back together for reshoots, Channing told everyone that he didn’t like Alex and everyone sided with Channing, because “he’s a movie star.” But Alex says that he doesn’t regret working with Channing. Channing was an “incredible influence” on him and that whole situation was the “end of my immaturity.”
I’m not sure if that put an end to his immaturity, because in that piece of the interview, he sounds like an asshole brat who hit a bunch of kids on the playground with his truck and then cries about why they won’t play with him. With that being said, Alex Petmyfur is now one of my favorite philosophers, because he gave me my new life motto. The next time I’m at a store and the cashier asks me to pay for my stuff, I’m going to say, “What is money when life is so much more. I’m not dealing with this and I’m not paying. “ Now those are the kind of wise words you get tattooed onto your body.
Here’s my favorite philosopher doing an interview with Extra at Universal Studios yesterday.