Channing Tatum Talks GAMBIT Role; Turned Down X-MEN ORIGINS

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For a long time now, fans have been wanting to see Gambit on the big screen. Finally in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it happened. But for most, the version of the character just didn’t work. Not saying that’s on Taylor Kitsch, who played the role in the film, but more on the writers, who placed him in a story he had no business being in and just giving us a rather “meh” version of a character that has some mad potential. Since then, we’ve been left with empty hopes and dreams.

That all changed a few weeks ago when X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner dropped a bomb on the red carpet of the Days of Future Past premier, stating that Channing Tatum would be playing the Ragin’ Cajun in an upcoming film. We later learned that a solo film is in the works and that the character would be appearing in the already-in-the-works X-Men: Apocalypse, which Bryan Singer had previously hinted at. The solo film is in the early planning stages, but it sounds like it’s happening. While chatting with Heat Vision about the acclaimed Foxcatcher at the Cannes Film Festival, Tatum is asked about the role, to which the actor says the ball is rolling but he’s trying to keep his excitement to a minimum.

“I hope to be joining — everything’s not done yet. I’ve obviously been in talks, and we’re on the one yard line,” he added. “I’m always afraid of being like, ‘Yes it’s totally happening’ and then it doesn’t happen. I’m dying to do it.”

As many fans know, Tatum nearly played Gambit in the critically panned X-Men: The Last Stand, but the character was written out of the story. Fast forward to 2009 with X-Men: Origins: Wolverine and we see Gambit on the big screen, played by Kitsch. What is interesting however, is that Tatum had to turn the role down, allowing Kitsch to step in. While talking with GQ (via Hitfix), Tatum reveals that he once again missed out on the role.

gambit-guardians_00399782When it came time for the character to make his big-screen debut in 2009′s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Tatum was busy with “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” so the part went to Taylor Kitsch.

Did he land on the lesser of two evils on that one? It’s a toss up for sure. Also in the upcoming issue of GQ, Tatum says that he’s been actively pursuing the role for some time and teased that he’s proactively seeking the role. This interview obviously took place before Shuler Donner made the announcement.

I know some fans on not big on the idea of Channing Tatum playing Gambit, with the accent playing a big role in that hesitation. But, let me assure, I’ve seen a video of Tatum doing a Cajun accent and he nails it. He grew up in the south and is familiar with the lifestyle of the area, which is never a bad thing. I’m hoping that the planned solo film delves into the Thieves Guild and the traditional origin of the character, as that has some serious potential to be an incredible film.

You can see the latest installment in the X-Men franchise starting tomorrow, or for the hardcore fans, tonight, when X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters. Channing Tatum can be seen in 22 Jump Street alongside Jonah Hill this summer.

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