3 things we learned about Channing Tatum, from (shirtless) first job to fatherhood

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By Randee Dawn

Apologies, Channing Tatum fans: He's got a brand-new movie coming out called "The Book of Life," but there won't be a single sighting of those famous pecs and biceps — since it's a 3-D animated story set against a backdrop of Mexico's Day of the Dead. 

Still, Tatum had some juicy tidbits to reveal during his Monday interview with TODAY's Tamron Hall. Here are three things we learned:

'Magic Mike XXL' will have five times the dancing!
We already knew that Tatum's wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum has to approve his stripper moves, but Tatum revealed she'll have her work cut out for her in the sequel to the 2012 blockbuster "Magic Mike": "This is the Super Bowl version of what the first one was," he said. "I'm dancing probably five times as much in this one."

He's learned a lot from becoming a dad.
"Fatherhood ... it teaches you a lot," he said of little Everly, who was born in 2013. "Talking about mortality ... I have never been afraid to fly on a plane in my whole life, and now, like, getting on a plane is a big deal. Things matter. And as soon as Jenna got pregnant, everything sort of changed."

Yes, that's him in Ricky Martin's "She Bangs," tossing cocktails.
Back in 2000, Tatum was still an up-and-comer, though his fantastic form was already in full flower. He spent five days and earned $400 to appear for barely a second in Ricky Martin's hit video as a shirtless bartender. See if you can spot him! "It was my first job ever," he said. "I was shirtless."

"Book of Life" opens in theaters on Oct. 17.

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