After hinting for several months that he’s interested in the part, actor Channing Tatum has revealed that he’s already met with producers about playing the mutant Gambit in an “X-Men” spin-off film, making the movie that much closer to a done deal.
In an interview with MTV, Tatum confirmed that he’s spoken with Lauren Shuler Donner, who’s produced every single one of Fox’s “X-Men” films, about the possibility of playing Gambit, and added that he “would love it” if the film came together. The actor made waves last year when he talked about wanting to portray the mutant, and Donner said earlier this year that she was eyeing Tatum on the project.
Reiterating similar comments he made to Empire magazine last year, Tatum told MTV why he enjoys the character so much.
“Gambit is really the only X-Man I’ve ever loved,” he said. “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 gray. … He loves women and drinking and smoking and stuff so he’s just a cool guy who happens to have a moral center.”
As for how soon a Gambit spinoff might be on the big screen, Tatum admitted that Fox had yet to greenlight the project — but he’s still keeping his hopes up.
“I hope it [comes together],” the actor said. “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.”
Seeing as how Donner has already said she wants to make a bunch of “X-Men” spinoffs, we can’t imagine Fox would turn down Tatum and Gambit. Our fingers are crossed that we’ll get to hear the actor’s crappy accent soon.
Thanks to the folk at Moviefone and MTV for the heads up
Tatum is not a bad idea for Gambit as he has the finesse to play the character. Do you agree? Share your opinions via your comments.
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