Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film The Hateful Eight hits theaters on Christmas Day, but it's already begun to win awards (one from the Hollywood Film Awards and three from the National Board of Review) and received a series of boycotts following the director's comments about policy brutality back in October.

So what was it like for the actors to work on such a hotly contested and anticipated film? Well, Channing Tatum recently described his experience working with Tarantino, and his responses are incredibly charming.

As People reports, Tatum was one of the lucky few newcomers that Tarantino brought on for the American Western-inspired film, joining ranks with other Tarantino regulars including Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen. Tatum said he was "really intimidated" the first day he stepped on set because, as he acknowledged, "it is a unique experience to be in a Quentin movie, I can promise you."

"I think on the first day," he explained, "I must have looked so geeked out because the very first shot was this crazy 360. And I'm just like wide-eyed trying to figure out what not to screw up."

Thankfully, Tarantino veteran Tim Roth stepped in to set Tatum's mind at ease and offer some helpful and encouraging advice that was, according to Tatum, short and sweet: "And Tim goes, ‘Yep. Yep. You're about to be in a Quentin Tarantino film. Pull it together, Channing.’"

But Tatum wasn't just nervous to be working with Tarantino. He was also excited to be reunited with Samuel L. Jackson on-screen for the first time since they worked together on Coach Carter, Tatum's debut film. "I did my first movie ever with Sam," Tatum explained, "and to come full circle like this is pretty extraordinary."

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