There's little denying that Channing Tatum has exposed himself as one of Hollywood's red hot stars of the moment.
In the last year, he tore up the box office in the romantic drama "The Vow" and the surprisingly funny revamp of "21 Jump Street." And this summer he tore off his clothes in the celluloid bachelorette party "Magic Mike" -- partially based on his own short career as a stripper in Florida. But the "Haywire" actor also scored some critical success, snagging the prestigious Peabody Award for his documentary film "Earth Made of Glass" that he produced with his wife Jenna Dewan.
Now the "Dear John" star is in talks to take on his most exciting role yet : the idol of nearly every hot-blooded American male child born in the 70s, daredevil Evel Knievel. No doubt the Hollywood hunk will fill out the bedazzled and star-spangled jumpsuits of the renown stuntman enough to entice his female audience into the theaters as well.
Like "Magic Mike," Tatum will double as both the star actor and the film's producer. He'll be teaming up with Tinseltown 'it' duo Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti -- who recently snagged the production duties for the raunchy "Fifty Shades of Grey" film adaptation. Adding fuel to the speculation that Channing would make an excellent Christian Grey .
But before the 'G.I. Joe' could heat up the silver screen in any BDSM erotica, he'll be raising moviegoers heart rates recreating some of the deadliest stunts ever shown on TV. Here the top five Evel Knievel jumps that will have us buying tickets.
The New Year's Day jump over the iconic fountains at the Caeser's Palace in Las Vegas was the first taste of the sheer insanity that was Evel. After losing a $100 bet at a blackjack table he downed a shot of Wild Turkey and exited the casino escorted by two showgirls. The stuntman missed the 141-foot motorcycle jump spectacularly enough to crush his pelvis and a femur; fracture his hip, wrist, and both ankles; and suffer a concussion that kept in a coma for 29 days. Stunned by the footage of the debacle, ABC-TV bought the rights and a star was born.
Convinced that the U.S. Department of the Interior would never grant him the right to jump the Grand Canyon, Knievel headed to the Snake River Canyon in Idaho. The daredevil constructed a makeshift steam-powered rocket motorcycle he dubbed the Skycycle X-2. Unfortunately, his parachute deployed before the rocket completed the jump and Evel plummeted into the river below.
In front of 90,000 people in London, the motorcycle maverick crashed again -- attempting to jump over 13 buses. After breaking his pelvis once more, Knievel stood up from his stretcher, hobbled to a microphone, and gave a speech before an ecstatic crowd.
In the early to mid-70s, the Guinness Book of World Records holder was selling out 100,000 seat venues. After breaking his back in 1972, he premiered on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" where jumped over 50 stacked cars at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
After coming out of retirement in 1975, Knievel successfully jumped over 14 Greyhound buses at the Kings Island theme park in Ohio -- his longest successful jump. The television spectacle drew more than half of the nation's TV audience . The following year, inspired by the movie "Jaws" he attempted to jump over a tank filled with live sharks. An unsuccessful practice jump caused a crewmember to lose an eye, and the daredevil vowed to never jump again.
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