Tap Dancing Was Not Easy for Channing Tatum in 'Hail, Caesar!'

Gyrating to Ginuwine’s “Pony” in “Magic Mike” is easy compared to moving like Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain.”

“I just figured that I could just make the tap movement and it would make the sound,” Channing Tatum explains to Made in Hollywood, “but what I found was that you really need to be musical… you’re playing an instrument.”

Adding, “They shouldn’t even call it tap dancing–they should call it foot percussion, or something.”

In “Hail, Caesar!” Tatum plays Burt Gurney, a sailor uniform-loving singer-dancer-actor a la Kelly. The Coen Brothers-directed picture is a comedy that follows 1950s Capital Pictures executive and studio fixer Eddie Mannix, who must resolve a whopper of a problem when his studio’s biggest star Baird Whitlock, played by George Clooney, goes missing.

“Hail, Caesar!” opens Friday. Watch the trailer below.