Channing Tatum in Knoxville for ‘Logan Lucky’ screening

Channing Tatum attends the 5th Annual Baby2Baby Gala Honoring Jennifer Garner held at 3Labs on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) — Actor Channing Tatum and director Stephen Soderbergh were in Knoxville Wednesday for a benefit screening of their upcoming movie “Logan Lucky.”

“I love Tennessee. It feels like home to me,” Tatum said. “I’m from Alabama, I grew up in Mississippi and then Florida, so anywhere they say y’all I call home. It’s good to be back where there’s good food and good people.”

The film stars Tatum and Adam Driver as brothers who try to conduct an elaborate robbery during the Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in order to break a family curse. The film also stars Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson, and Jack Quaid, with Hilary Swank and Daniel Craig.

The film is a mix of drama and comedy, but will it feature any of Tatum’s famous dance moves?

“I don’t believe so,” Tatum said, chuckling. “Not dancing that you want to see.”

Regal Cinemas Pinnacle 18 hosted the movie screening, with proceeds benefiting Variety, The Children’s Charity of Eastern Tennessee.  The group spans the globe with 43 chapters in 13 countries, working to improve the lives of children.

Tatum says it’s great to give back and interact with people from different parts of the country.

“I think it’s just important,” Tatum said. “As you can see now with our political climate, it’s really easy to feel very separate from everybody, and we’re in Los Angeles or New York and people there deal with very different things than in the middle of the country and in the south in general, and I think just going and staying connected and not staying in these bubbles.”

And despite his success on the big screen, Tatum has his eyes on the future, with the next goal of his career: sitting in the director’s chair.

“I want to direct next,” Tatum said. “Me and my creative partner Reid, he wrote Magic Mike one and two, and we produce a lot together, so that’s a logical next step.”

Before coming to Knoxville, Tatum made a stop in Harlan, Kentucky to visit Kentucky State Troopers and learn about their “Shop with a Trooper” project. Knoxville mark the final stop of Tatum’s tour.

(Photo: Kentucky State Police)

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