The first time that director Roland Emmerich tangled with the White House on screen, well, we all know how that ended. ''Famously, I blew it up in Independence Day,'' Emmerich says with a workaday shrug that he's entitled to after a two-decade reign as Hollywood's premier blower-up-of-things (see: The Day After Tomorrow, 2012). But in White House Down (out June 28), the director has a more insidious plan for the executive mansion: It's invaded by mercenaries, putting the Commander-in-Chief (Jamie Foxx) on the run in his own house with only an aspiring Secret Service agent (Channing Tatum) for protection.
Channing Tatum stars as John Cale, a Capitol police officer trying to land a job with the Secret Service to, in part, impress his daughter (Joey King). Right after his interview, the White House falls under siege and Cale ends up protecting the nation's most valuable civil servant. Tatum jumped at the chance to do some of his own stunts in the movie. ''I did this nine-foot flop with no wires onto a glass roof,'' he says. ''It hurt...but it was such an adrenaline spike.'' Adam Markovitz
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