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THE MOVIE: Step Up

THE STARS:
Channing Tatum • Jenna Dewan • Rachel Griffiths
DIRECTOR: Anne Fletcher

Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum THE CONCEPT:
Street-dancer Tyler (Tatum) breaks into a School of the Arts and trashes its theater. The court decrees that he works at the school until the damage is paid off. There, Tyler meets prima ballerina Nora (Dewan), who is desperately searching for someone to replace her injured partner for the school’s important Senior Showcase…

U.S. RELEASE: August 11 2006, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

ANNE FLETCHER:
“Going from a choreographer to directing my first film was interesting. I was an actress, so I know about character, and as a choreographer I would always approach every job getting into the mind of the character, why are these people dancing, so I basically was already [directing] without even knowing it.”

JENNA DEWAN:
“I wasn’t concerned that Anne was a first time director, if anything I was put at ease about it, because I thought finally they’re doing a dance movie with a director who knows dance. I would watch all these dance movies and I’d know the actors weren’t dancing, or I could tell that the director skipped over parts that would have been amazing if they would have captured those moments.”

CHANNING TATUM:
“I try to block my dancing audition for Step Up out of my mind whenever I can – I’m sure there’s the audition tape floating around somewhere, I hope it never makes the light of day. I’m not ashamed by any means, but I’ve come a long way since then.”

FLETCHER:
“I didn’t want to double anybody for their dancing or singing. I wanted everybody to do their own everything. I thought it was really important to the story to stay in reality. I just knew there were people who existed out there who sang, acted and danced, and lo and behold, that’s what I got.”

DEWAN:
“Channing is such a good dancer on his own, he really has so much natural talent, and he had done it in clubs and street dancing. When it came to the more technical side of dance, if we would do something that just didn’t work, I’d be like, ‘You know what, if you move your body this way it will help.’ He actually picked it up really quickly.”

TATUM:
“I don’t know how I would have done this without Jenna. It was nerve-wracking to work with the trained dancers, but it’s easy for a guy to be a partner, especially if he’s working with someone that knows what they’re doing like she does.”

FLETCHER:
“I hate dancing for no reason, I can’t watch it; it bores me to tears. So that’s one of the reasons I’m in film, because it’s always about furthering the story or furthering the characters.”

TATUM:
“I don’t really think we’re trying to separate ourselves from movies like Save the Last Dance. I don’t think we’re trying to break new ground, but if I had to pick a difference, we do our own dancing, there’s not one take in this whole movie that we’re not doing our own stuff. We didn’t even have dance doubles.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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