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Channing Tatum has revealed that his worst stripping outfit was a clown costume.
The 32-year-old - who stars in Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, based on his own stripping days - admitted that the memory still makes him cringe.
"A clown outfit, true story - not making it up. It was the worst idea that I had heard - and I had heard some bad ideas and seen some bad skits!" he told Access Hollywood.
"I was like, 'Clowns aren't sexy - if anything they're scary. Why is this gonna work? And they were just like, 'Nah, nah. They're gonna love it.'
He recalled: "I danced to like, 99 Red Balloons or something, I come out and... crickets. People didn't know if it was a joke [or] if it was supposed to be for real. No one cheered, no nothing. That was the last night I did that. I was like, 'What did I tell you?'"
Channing - who stars alongside Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello and Alex Pettyfer in Magic Mike - also admitted he once stripped off in front of his sister, wearing a Boy Scout uniform.
"My sister and six of her friends came my first night of stripping, which was horribly mortifying," he said.
"My sister didn't watch, but all her friends watched, all in the front row, and I'm just like, 'This Boy Scout routine is the worst idea ever!' But the clown was the worst of all."
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