In 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, fans of Marvel’s merry mutants finally got to see Gambit, the swarthy Cajun with a penchant for throwing playing cards, on the silver screen. Sorta. Because while actor Taylor Kitsch technically played a character who looks like Gambit and has abilities like the X-fellar, something about the performance felt… off. The former thief felt like he had been shoe-horned into an already overly bloated film to draw more patrons to the movie theaters. However, with Channing Tatum (Side Effects, 22 Jump Street) pegged as the newest actor to don Gambit’s trench-coat and ridiculous thigh-high metal boots, it looks like we might be getting our fill of Rogue’s on-again, off-again paramour. Tatum took a second to speak to MTV about his coming introduction to the X-Men Cinematic Universe.
While chatting with MTV about The Book of Life, the animated featuring the actor and premiering this Friday, Tatum spilled what secrets he could about his role in director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse as well as a possible future Gambit-centric film.
While he couldn’t say a whole lot other than the producers and those involved in making the film are still looking for a writer, he did indicate that the idea for a first stand-alone Gambit movie is to making it on a smaller scale than many superhero origin films that have already come to pass.
We really do want to try our hardest to give something fresh. We’re obviously going to go to the saving the world superhero movies eventually, but not the first one.
I’m still on the fence about Channing Tatum as Gambit. When Tatum first hit the big screen, I will be the first to admit that I didn’t care for what I saw as his stilted acting. (I’m looking at you, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.) However, as he releases more and more films—21 Jump Street, Foxcatcher, Side Effects—I’m slowing become a fan of his work.
I think he learns with every film role he tackles, and he takes each role for what it is. Still, while I’ve grown to like Tatum as an actor, I don’t think he’s the right fit for Gambit, both in terms of physicality and ability to inhabit the character. Like I said, I think Tatum has the acting chops I once doubted he possessed, but Gambit is such a caricature of a character, and a very specific caricature at that, that I wonder if Tatum could pull off that portrayal.
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