Meet Real Life ‘Magic Mike’: Australian Channing Tatum lookalike, 29, surprises millions on TikTok with his uncanny resemblance to the Hollywood heartthrob
- Melbourne stripper Will Parfitt bears an uncanny resemblance to Channing Tatum
- The 29-year-old has therefore collected 2.4 million followers on TikTok
- His career has reflected the movie Magic Mike in more ways than its resemblance to the star
- The mover was scouted by a club promoter and started performing in the evening
- Just like Tatum’s handyman character Mike in the 2012 dance drama
- Fans say they find Mr. Parfitt more attractive than his famous doppelganger
A male stripper has gained millions of social media followers through his uncanny resemblance to Hollywood heartthrob Channing Tatum.
It’s a cookie-cutter example of life imitating art for Will Parfitt, a London-born artist who has lived in Melbourne since 2015, whose career the movie Magic Mike reflects in more ways than its physical resemblance to his now 40-year-old. star.
After moving to Down Under, the 29-year-old mover was scouted by a club promoter and went to work Magical men, an agency specializing in bachelor parties and private events – much like Tatum’s handyman in the 2012 drama.
Stripping as ‘Channing’ in an ode to his famous doppelganger, Mr Parfitt has grown to an audience of 252,000 Instagram followers and a whopping 2.4 million on TikTok – where fans say they find him even more attractive than his handsome namesake.
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Uncanny: Hollywood movie star Channing Tatum (pictured right) and his real-life look-alike, London-born Will Parfitt (pictured left) who lives in Melbourne
Fans say they find Mr Parfitt (pictured) even more attractive than his handsome namesake
“Okay, I have decided that I actually prefer you over Channing Tatum,” a follower named Lisa wrote below a recent video.
“Look better than you know who!” another agreed, while a third said, ‘Legit (sic) thought this was Channing for the first 10 seconds.’
“So much better than the famous one that everyone else compares you to, which I won’t mention,” added a fourth.
Other responses include ‘you are definitely more attractive than Channing Tatum’, ‘you could be his twin brother’ and ‘you are the best looking man I’ve ever seen’.
The 29-year-old mover (left) was scouted by a club promoter and started working for Magic Men, an agency specializing in bachelor parties and private events – just like Tatum’s handyman in the 2012 film (right)
Under a recent TikTok video of Mr. Parfitt dressed up as a police officer and spinning a set of handcuffs in one hand, a woman wrote, “Arrest me.”
A recent video of Mr. Parfitt dressed as a police officer and spinning a set of handcuffs in one hand elicited particularly strong reactions.
The clip, captioned ‘Going through a breakup so your friends can cheer you up,’ drew thousands of comments with a woman who wrote, ‘I’m 46 and happily married, but can we pretend I’m [going through] a fracture? ‘
Another simply told Mr. Parfitt to arrest her.
Many wondered why the artist – who is described in his profile on the Magic Men’s website as a “ spunky, drop-dead gorgeous boy next door ” – hasn’t gone “ major viral ” online just yet.
Many wondered why the artist (photo) has not yet gone ‘major viral’ online
Mr Parfitt (pictured at home in Melbourne) is described as a ‘feisty, drop-dead gorgeous boy next door’ in his profile on the Magic Men’s website
During the wedding’s peak season, which runs from October to April in Australia, Mr. Parfitt once performed up to 15 times a weekend – but that was before the COVID crisis shuts down venues, suspends shows and forces stars online.
Closures have cost him nearly $ 3,000 a week, the amount he would normally earn for just one weekend job.
But his ever-growing social media profile will certainly open up a host of new opportunities for him once Victoria’s second lockdown is lifted.