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.
Roland Emmerich has a habit of destroying things. In all of his films, the director has blown up all of New York City (Independence Day), most of California (2012), the Vatican (2012) and the White House – several times. In fact, Emmerich claims that he didn’t mean to make a habit of it but he has become really good at it.
Emmerich recently told VH1 News it was more of a coincidence than anything else. “First time around, it was just aliens destroying a lot. We had to choose in every city the building which is most important when the attack starts. Then in 2012 actually I wanted not to do it and my writing partner said, ‘If you don’t do it, they will ask you why you didn’t destroy the white house this time. Just find out some different way to do it. … This time, when I read the title page of the script, my first thought was, ‘Not again. I will not do this, but then out of respect I read a couple of pages and I could not put this thing down. It’s such a good script.’ … I knew this question would be the most asked. I deserve it.”
Let’s look back on all the ways he destroyed the most famous home in America.
Channing Tatum stars as a Capitol Hill police officer in this weekend’s White House Down, but he also stars as private dancer in many of our fantasies. While the former Magic Mike and Step Up star never strips down and soft shoes in his new flick (as he’s too busy balletically flying over furniture while being shot at), that doesn’t mean that we can’t take a moment on this humid Thursday to appreciate the splendor that is Channing Tatum dancing in a GIF WALL made in his honor.