by Rachel Jones | Photograph from Warner Bros.

You Give Me Fever: Channing Tatum

There’s an epidemic sweeping the city of Pittsburgh. The symptoms include increased heart rate, elevated body temperature, and school girl giggles that won’t disappear. I’m no doctor, but I believe the proper diagnosis is Channing Tatum Fever.

Once word got out that People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive started filming his latest flick, Foxcatcher, in Sewickley, some fans started calling in sick to school or work (not me, of course!) in hopes of getting a glimpse of those smoldering eyes and that chiseled physique. Photos of Tatum flooded the social media circuit, and we were constantly checking our news feeds for the latest Channing sighting.

And he was everywhere! Foxcatcher tells the true story of John E. du Pont, heir to the du Pont chemical fortune, who killed Olympic wrestler and friend David Schultz in 1996. The cast — which also boasts Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Sienna Miller — traveled across the Pittsburgh area, filming the major wrestling match scenes at the University of Pittsburgh and at my alma mater, Trinity High School.

When my mom, who is a P.E. teacher at the high school, first told me Tatum would be at my old stomping grounds, my jaw dropped. Is 22 too old for Take Your Daughter to Work Day?

Yes. Yes, it is. But even if I could have gone, the school was under major lockdown when the actors arrived. My mom wasn’t even allowed in her own office without showing her employee badge. But that didn’t stop groups of dolled-up high school girls from trying (and failing) to pay off the security guards for a chance to meet the steamy star.

While Trinity was all abuzz, I spent the day in the WHIRL office, constantly checking my phone in hopes that my mom had texted me the latest scoop. She says the crew redecorated Trinity’s athletic trainer’s office and the hallway surrounding the locker rooms to film the scenes set at Brigham Young University. The main gym’s makeover involved seamlessly replacing any Trinity Hillers signs with those for the John E. du Pont Regional Freestyle Championships. We can’t wait to see all of the locally filmed scenes come together when the Columbia Pictures’ film hits theaters in fall 2013.

Until then, we don’t have a prescription for that aforementioned fever. But we do recommend getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated, and watching Tatum’s most recent hit, Magic Mike. Doctor’s orders.

Channing Tatum, channingtatumunwrapped.com.

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This article is featured in the February 2013 issue of WHIRL Magazine.
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