Whenever Channing Tatum‘s name comes up around the Internet there’s sure to be some sparks flying. People either love him or hate him, both with equal passion. So there’s sure to be a lot of heated opinions out there when the rest of the Internet finds out that Channing Tatum has been having talks about the role of Gambit with X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner.
We’ve had one big screen Gambit with Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) in Wolverine: Origins. Of course there was no accent and Kitsch hasn’t reprised the role, instead going on to star in one of Disney’s biggest flops ever, John Carter.
Now there’s a possibility that Gambit will be returning to the big screen with another big name actor in the role. Tatum was recently at the MTV Movie Awards to accept a Trailblazer Award. That’s the MTV Movie Award for the actor or actress who:
Spearheads the way for others that work in the movie industry. The award is given to an actor of young age that managed to inspire others with a diverse portfolio of work and a transcendent reputation in the public eye.
Tatum breaks the two-year record of presenting the award to an actress named Emma, with Emma Stone winning the first year and Emma Watson winning the second. I guess they ran out of actresses with the name Emma to give the award to.
Here’s the backstage interview in which Tatum spills the beans on the possibility of snagging the role of Gambit.
Here’s text of what he said for all you mobile phone readers:
I met with Lauren Shuler Donner. And I would love it. Gambit is really the only X-Man I’ve ever loved. I mean I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess from being down south – my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida – I don’t know. I just related to him. He’s just kind of suave… He’s the most un X-Men X-Man that’s ever been in X-Men. Other than maybe Wolverine, who’s like the anti-hero. He’s a thief. He’s not even a hero. He’s kind of walking the line of grey…He loves women and drinking and smoking and stuff so he’s just a cool guy who happens to have a moral center….I hope it [comes together]. You never know it’s a weird industry. If the stars align, I would die to play it. I’m already working on the accent. It’s crappy at the moment.
Now before anyone jumps down and starts firing off an incredibly detailed argument for or against Tatum taking the Gambit role, I’d like to discuss my own feelings about the matter.
I’ve never been a big fan of Tatum, although I have moved from the “Damn I hate that guy” through the “He’s not so bad” period until finally landing in comfortable “OK, this guy is OK” zone.
“Damn I hate this guy” started with Step Up and continued with Step Up 2: The Streets. I got dragged to both movies on dates and had horrible evenings both times. So when Tatum was announced as Duke in G.I. Joe I went through the inevitable fan-boy-fit and nothing I saw in the movie changed my mind about Tatum or his acting skills.
Then came The Eagle, a favorite book of mine, and 21 Jump Street. Suddenly, my feelings for Tatum moved from “Damn I hate this guy” into the “He’s not so bad” realm. His comedic talents were spot on in 21 Jump Street and he held his own in The Eagle.
Then Tatum did a cameo in This is the End. It was so surprising and fresh, Tatum was willing to make fun of his own celebrity in such a way that had me in stitches. That was followed with the spoof of the Jean-Claude Van Damme‘s splits commercial from the set of 22 Jump Street below. For some reason it just broke me up, there was beer all over the monitor.
So now I am in the “OK, this guy is OK” part of my journey. Nothing changed when I was on a flight and the movie was White House Down. I wasn’t expecting much besides the standard action adventure fare, but found myself enjoying the movie and Tatum’s role in it.
So now I stand, willing to give Tatum the opportunity in order to see what he can do with the Gambit role. He has proven he understands, and has a true liking for the character. The fact that he acknowledges his Cajun accent issues and is willing to work to correct them only reinforces my willingness to give him the opportunity.
What about you?