White House Down Talking Points: 10 Essential Facts

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Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx return to theaters this weekend when their new film, White House Down, opens nationwide. Now, most of the publicity for this film has been about the chumminess between Tatum and Foxx or about how the White House gets totally destroyed, but the film is actually so much more than that. VH1 Celebrity previewed White House Down earlier this week and we’ve compiled all sorts of relevant things of note that you’ll need to know before seeing the film.

1. Channing Tatum never dances. (Boooooo!)

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White House Down has a lot of the hallmarks of a disaster film: huge stakes, explosions, famous buildings being destroyed… However, the greatest disaster is that Channing Tatum never gets to shake his groove thang. He’s just too busy gracefully avoiding bullets and protecting the President (and his daughter), to have time to boogie on down.

2. Maggie Gyllenhaal is one of the film’s leads.

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I know, right? You didn’t even know she was in this movie! The promotion for this popcorn flick has focused primarily on Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, but Gyllenhaal has the third biggest role in the film as a high ranking secret service agent who finds herself outside of the action. Not to mention she and Tatum’s character went to college together. It’s unclear if they were supposed to have dated in college, but judging by some initial awkwardness over her marital status and then the suggestion that her newly divorced character should date more, you can’t help but think they were supposed to have a scrapped love story.

3. The villains are NOT terrorists. NO, REALLY! THEY AREN’T!

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Even though it seems that almost all of the villains in new movies are terrorists (homegrown or foreign), and even though the the trailers use images that evoke acts of terrorism (like exploding buildings), the film’s actual villains technically aren’t terrorists. Without giving away too many spoilers, everything they do in the film has a strategic purpose (even if they aren’t all aware of it) and a specific political motivation. Or, it’s just about revenge. Basically, their intent is not to scare or hurt innocent civilians. This is pure warfare.

4. White House Down is actually pretty funny.

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The film seems all doom and gloom, terror and terrorism from the trailers, but it’s actually full of lighthearted laughs and utter ridiculousness. Sure, it’s a film about the White House being under attack, but don’t forget that it’s also a Roland Emmerich film. So for every scene of death and destruction, you’re going to get a fun one-liner and some endearing moment between a father and his daughter. So, either you’re going be chuckling at the intentional humor on screen, or guffawing at how utterly bonkers the story gets.

And trust me, this movie gets BONKERS.

5. Channing Tatum thinks being a new dad is scarier than being a Secret Service agent…or does he?

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Channing Tatum is torn between protecting the President and his daughter in this new film, which is intriguing because Tatum became a new dad to little lady Everly Tatum just this past month. So which is a more harrowing experience? Watch the video above.

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