Taylor Kitsch Isn’t Ready To Hand Over GAMBIT’s Cards To Channing Tatum Just Yet

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gambitLast year Channing Tatum mentioned that he would really love to play Gambit when asked if he would ever want to get in on the comic book movie genre. He said the card-slinging mutant is his favorite character and he thought he could do a pretty good Cajun accent considering he grew up in and around Louisiana. You can watch the original video below to hear Tatum break off a little of his accent. Last month things got a little more interesting when longtime X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner said she was dying to do a Gambit movie with Tatum. In fact, she said the actor was on board and her next step was getting the studio on board (you can read that story here). Some fans weren’t too happy about Tatum possibly being the master thief. They held out hope that Taylor Kitsch would get a chance to redeem himself after his outing as Remmy LeBeau in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Well Kitsch has finally weighed in over Tatum wanting to be Gambit. He’s not ready to hand over the role just yet.

Speaking with the Chicago Tribune (via X-MenFilms), Kitsch was asked if he would want to come back, don the fedora, and start slinging playing cards in another X-Men movie. The actor says he would be interested, but he’s not going to be too hurt if Tatum ends up taking over the role. The actor told the site:

I would under the right circumstances. But if (Tatum) does it, good on him. He’ll kill it. It’s such a cool character. Whoever plays him will be a lucky guy.
It is what is it. I’m not going to be like ‘Oh my God, why don’t I get to play him?’ If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. And if not, I’ll move on. If they cast (Tatum), I wish him nothing but the best. I hope he kicks the (crap) out of it.

So it sounds like Kitsch would be up for a return if the movie spoke to him, but he realizes Tatum will probably end up snagging the role. Kitsch hasn’t been on the hottest streak at the box office lately to say the least. He did have a great showing in Lone Survivor, so maybe he’s back on the road to recovery when it comes to good movies. On the other hand Tatum is on an incredibly hot streak. He’s a bigger box office draw with every film he’s in and he’s a huge hit with the ladies. That’s the prefect recipe for a comic book movie as far as studios are concerned. The actor really loves the character and he wants to take it back to the comics, which is always a big plus. Kitsch did a good job with what he was given, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say the thought of Tatum as Gambit didn’t intrigue me. More importantly, it intrigues Lauren Shuler Donner. She’s the boss and that’s what truly matters. What do you think? Are you Team Tatum or Team Kitsch?


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Source : Chicago Tribune