NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Channing Tatum visits BET's '106 & Park' at BET Studios on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
The 32-year-old actor says his first thought on hearing the news was: "`Y'all are messing with me.'"
Tatum's film roles include "Magic Mike" and the upcoming "Foxcatcher."
Other actors who have received the "sexiest" label include George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Ryan Reynolds. Last year's "sexiest man" was Bradley Cooper.
People announced its 2012 list Wednesday.
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