White House Down Premieres

by leslie quander wooldridge (@lesliequander) | June 25, 2013 | Homepage Latest The Latest

In White House Down, Channing Tatum plays a Capitol policeman denied his dream job of being in the Secret Service. But, in real life, the actor—who started his career as a model before appearing in movies—is living his dream.

“It’s always scary and it’s always exciting,” Tatum says of opening new films. “Just getting to work every day is exciting. I’m the luckiest person in the world.” In this latest flick, his character tours the White House and must unexpectedly protect his child (Joey King) and the president (Jamie Foxx) from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.

At the DC premiere on June 21 at AMC Georgetown, the dapper actor arrived to loud cheers and excited crowds that spanned the block. With White House Down directed by Roland Emmerich, executive producer of Independence Day, his co-stars also reflected on the District setting and their roles. Foxx, for one, admitted that he “never” thought he’d play the president. And Maggie Gyllenhaal, who plays Secret Service agent Carol Finnerty, admitted to spending the day at the Newseum and on Capitol Hill, joking: “I kind of didn’t realize how patriotic I am.”

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was also in attendance—her security detail in tow—and quipped from the carpet: “I’m here to make sure this doesn’t happen.”

And while the movie centers on a terrorist event that DC residents wouldn’t want to see, movie-goers can expect a riveting film. “I’ve been watching Roland Emmerich movies since I was a kid …I love seeing crazy things in movies—great big stories and adventure,” Tatum told Capitol File.

The movie opens this Thursday, June 27.

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