CHANNING TATUM CHATS TO A SQUIRREL
Film: White House Down
What happens? John Cale (Channing Tatum, in an incredible third WTF moment this year) is a US Capitol police officer assigned to guard the Speaker Of The House. But on arriving to collect his boss one morning, he takes time out to berate a squirrel that has taken to raiding the politician’s bird house, pleading with the rodent to leave so that Cale won’t have to shoot him. Um.
WTF? It’s just an attempt to inject some humour into the film before all the action kicks off – and in fairness, Tatum kind of sells it. His likeably meatheaded and slightly self-deprecating air means that he can get away with the sort of ridiculousness that would die a million deaths if any of the other action leads out there tried it (except, perhaps, his G.I. Joe: Retaliation co-star The Rock). Still, we are watching a grown man attempt to intimidate a squirrel by showing it his gun, so it’s a weird moment even by the standards of Roland Emmerich films.
The lesson: Always try to negotiate first, then blow that big-tailed sucker away.
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