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Is Channing Tatum Too Pretty to Portray a Cold-blooded Killer?

Well, that's exactly what best-selling author Phil Carlo is alleging. Carlo, the author of The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer, had his book optioned by embattled movie producer Lorenzo di Bonavenutra a few years back. However, according to the always-to-be-trusted folks over at "Page Six," just as the project was about to move out of the development phase and into production, Carlo pulled the plug when he learned that Di Bonaventura was set on casting oft-shirtless pretty boy Channing Tatum (Step Up, G.I. Joe) as the titular Ice Man. "I had to turn him down," said Carlo. "I really hated the idea of Channing Tatum. I told Di Bonaventura that this is not the guy to play one of the most feared killers of the Twentieth Century." While we have our doubts as to the veracity of these claims (*cough,* sour grapes, *cough*), we do side with Carlo's preferred choice to portray the notorious Mafia hit man: one Mickey Rourke. After all, if Carlo could punch up that script so that Rourke finds himself with an exotic bird with a penchant for booze as a sidekick, something beautiful is bound to happen.

CAST CHOICE KILLS HIT-MAN FLICK [NYP]

Photo: Patrick McMullan