‘Logan Lucky’ star Channing Tatum gets up close and personal with fans

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It’s about the fans — both in NASCAR and in the film industry.

That’s the message star actor Channing Tatum conveyed when discussing his experience filming “Logan Lucky,” a heist-themed movie with a heavy NASCAR influence. Tatum, who plays lead character Jimmy Logan, spent time at Charlotte Motor Speedway last year filming and even more time since then promoting the film and continuing as a NASCAR advocate.

“The Coca-Cola 600 is an integral part of ‘Logan Lucky’,” Tatum says. “I wanted to come to the race this year and celebrate what truly makes it special — the fans.”

His return to Charlotte this year as grand marshal was punctuated by a few trips through the infield, surprising fans by saying hello, and a guttural, impressive command of the most famous words in racing, which you can watch in the above video.

The film opens nationwide Aug. 18.

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“Logan Lucky isn’t about the cameras, the sets, the directors or even the actors,” Tatum says. “It’s about the people and the characters that you’re able to discover through them. That’s what is genuinely important and what I hope to share with you through this film.”