Actress Fired From ‘Magic Mike 3’ After Fighting With Channing Tatum Over Will Smith’s Oscar Slap

Channing Tatum and Thandiwe Newton (Photo: Instagram)

Actress Thandiwe Newton was fired from filming ‘Magic Mike 3’ after fighting with the big star and producer of the long, actor Channing Tatum. The British newspaper The Sun reports that the firing had as its starting point a fight between Newton and Tatum over the slap given by actor Will Smith to comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars ceremony. The third ‘Magic Mike’ is being filmed in London. .

Still without a release date, the feature is titled ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ and the direction is by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.

Actor Channing Tatum in a scene from Magic Mike XXL (2015) (Photo: Playback)

Actor Channing Tatum in a scene from Magic Mike XXL (2015) (Photo: Playback)

According to the British daily, the filming of the feature was on its 11th day when the fight took place. Without revealing the positions of the two parties in relation to the slap at the Oscars, sources close to the project told the newspaper that the discussion escalated to “extraordinary” and “unimaginable” levels to the point that Tatum lost patience, got in his car and left the set. . A few days later, he and the other producers opted for Newton’s departure.

According to Variety’s website, her role was passed on by actress Salma Hayek.

Actress Thandiwe Newton (Photo: Instagram)

Actress Thandiwe Newton (Photo: Instagram)

“Channing Tatum is the producer and the big name on the set. Thandiwe Newton was the middle name. But after 11 days it all came to an end”, said the source linked to the project. “They had a falling out in an Oscar debate. I was on set. I watched them both. They lost control during filming because of this disagreement. It was an intense discussion that got out of control. Channing got in the car and disappeared.”

Although the positions of the two artists in relation to the slap have not been revealed, it is worth remembering that Tatum’s girlfriend, actress Zoë Kravitz, was one of the first celebrities to publicly criticize Will Smith for the aggression. She posted on Instagram showing her look at the 2022 Oscars and wrote in the caption, “And here’s a picture of my dress at the after-party, where apparently we’re yelling swear words and assaulting people on stage right now.”

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Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars (Photo: Getty Images)

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars (Photo: Getty Images)

The same contact from The Sun says that Tatum refused to continue working with Newton after the disagreement, imposing the removal of her to his partners in the project.

“After the fight he said, ‘I won’t work with her again.’ He is one of the producers and the protagonist of the film, so she was removed,” the source said.

Actor Channing Tatum in a scene from Magic Mike (2012) (Photo: Disclosure)

Actor Channing Tatum in a scene from Magic Mike (2012) (Photo: Disclosure)

The contact also said that Soderbergh tried to control the situation: “He tried to calm things down, but he’s a very into his guy.” The same person also claimed that the delays resulting from the fight and the exchange of actresses would have already cost the producers thousands of dollars.

Responsible for the project, the executives of the studios Warner Bros. released a statement on Newton’s behalf refuting allegations surrounding the alleged altercation: “Thandiwe Newton has made the difficult decision to step away from Warner Bros. production of ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ to address family issues.”

Watch the trailer for the first ‘Magic Mike’, released in 2012, below:

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