Keith Staskiewicz
March 23, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A moist-eyed romantic melodrama, an over-the-top action comedy, a big-budget studio sequel, and a movie about male strippers: Channing Tatum‘s year is shaping up to be as unexpectedly diverse as his talents. After a lackluster 2011 that included the underperforming The Dilemma and the little-seen The Eagle, he already has two hits in 2012 that are of two different genres — The Vow has pulled in $121 million since its release last month (that’s $40 million more than his similar Nicholas Sparks weepie Dear John made in 2010), and 21 Jump Street managed an impressive $36.3 million in its opening weekend. The loosely adapted parody of the ’80s TV series not only helped prove that Tatum is a box office draw, it also showed that he’s not just another of Hollywood’s broad-shouldered, identikit leading men. It was the typically stoic actor’s comedic timing during casting that first impressed 21 Jump Street codirector Christopher Miller. ”We sat down with him and thought he was hilarious. We were like, ‘This guy is amazing! No one knows he’s super funny!”’ Audiences will see plenty more of Tatum’s sense of humor (and his ripped body) come June 29, when both G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Magic Mike hit theaters. The latter — helmed by his Haywire director, Steven Soderbergh — details the lives of a troupe of exotic dancers and is partially based on Tatum’s own experiences before getting into movies. ”I told [Soderbergh] I stripped from 18 to 19 years old,” Tatum told EW in January. ”A year later I read in a magazine that he said he would direct this movie. So we did it.” It definitely isn’t the typical follow-up for a meticulously chiseled potential A-lister, but then again, maybe that’s a good thing.

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