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Channing Tatum chats up his ideas for playing Gambit

Jun. 11, 2014by:

Channing Tatum playing Gambit has got to be one of the most unofficial official announcements in some time. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST producer Lauren Shuler Donner has been championing his name for months now, and Channing has recently spoke about playing the character and his ideas.

Here's what he had to say:

I'm super hyped about it. I would say we’re going to try to do something a little bit different. I don’t know how to exactly explain it just yet, but he’s a 'character’ character. Ya know, he’s got like a serious Cajun accent. I don’t know if you’ve heard a Cajun accent but it’s, I mean, we’re going to have to have subtitles at some times. He has almost a Jedi mind trick thing that I want to try to put in where he speaks patois and so I’m going to have to have to learn patois which is going to be really hard. But, we’ll see.

I definitely consider myself in the camp of people that enjoy Channing's work. I know people can get a little uppity when it comes to casting news, but more often than not, it's the story that fails the actor and not the other way around. I appreciate that Channing's willing to go the extra mile (as far as patois), but I can't see Twentieth Century Fox sneaking a lot of subtitles in a big-budget film. There's been talk of a standalone movie for the X-Man as well, which at this point seems like it would hit after Bryan Singer's X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (unless they really fast track that bad boy).

In the meantime, Channing Tatum will be your best nightmare in the upcoming 22 JUMP STREET, which opens this friday.

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7:38AM on 06/12/2014

I'm taking a wait-and-see attitude

I haven't seen enough of Channing Tatum to tell if he has the chops to do Gambit right. All I know is that he can't be any worse than Taylor Kitsch, whose Cajun accent went the way of Kevin Costner's British accent in ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (and that's not a compliment).
I haven't seen enough of Channing Tatum to tell if he has the chops to do Gambit right. All I know is that he can't be any worse than Taylor Kitsch, whose Cajun accent went the way of Kevin Costner's British accent in ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (and that's not a compliment).
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10:04PM on 06/11/2014
I don't ever judge until I see it, but he will have to slim down a bit and I am not sure he can pull off that accent without sounding stupid. He was god awful in The Eagle. The only movie I can think of that he had to do something different. I just don't know if he is capable of doing anything else then the whole white boy who has got swag thing.
I don't ever judge until I see it, but he will have to slim down a bit and I am not sure he can pull off that accent without sounding stupid. He was god awful in The Eagle. The only movie I can think of that he had to do something different. I just don't know if he is capable of doing anything else then the whole white boy who has got swag thing.
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9:46PM on 06/11/2014

im fine with Channing Tatum as Gambit

he's not my first choice, and he's not the best actor... but come on. he's playing Gambit in an X-Men movie. it's not like we need an Oscar-worthy performance here. as long as he doesn't make the accent ridiculous and carries himself with some rebel badassness, he can't really go too wrong. and if the movie sucks, i doubt it'll be due to the casting. Hugh Jackman has become the definitive Wolverine, and Ryan Reynolds was cast as Wade Wilson (both perfectly cast) but look how bad Wolverine
he's not my first choice, and he's not the best actor... but come on. he's playing Gambit in an X-Men movie. it's not like we need an Oscar-worthy performance here. as long as he doesn't make the accent ridiculous and carries himself with some rebel badassness, he can't really go too wrong. and if the movie sucks, i doubt it'll be due to the casting. Hugh Jackman has become the definitive Wolverine, and Ryan Reynolds was cast as Wade Wilson (both perfectly cast) but look how bad Wolverine Origins turned out. there's many other things to be worries about IMO.
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7:01PM on 06/11/2014
I just don't think he's that good of an actor. He fooled people into thinking he was good by being in 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike, but I don't think that was a big stretch for him since those characters seem close to how he his in real life. The G.I Joe 2 and White House Down came out, and it was a reminder that his acting never improved from before those movies.
I just don't think he's that good of an actor. He fooled people into thinking he was good by being in 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike, but I don't think that was a big stretch for him since those characters seem close to how he his in real life. The G.I Joe 2 and White House Down came out, and it was a reminder that his acting never improved from before those movies.
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5:27PM on 06/11/2014
What Channing said sounds a lot better if you read it in a "Fargo accent." Ya,you betcha.
What Channing said sounds a lot better if you read it in a "Fargo accent." Ya,you betcha.
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3:52PM on 06/11/2014
I think Tatum went from an actor who got work because he had a lot of charisma and could do most his own stunt work. Then he started working with Steven Soderbergh, that's when I think he learnt how to act. I also think he is a rare type of actor who can do big action movies and hard comedy equally as well. IMO he's better at doing both than Mark Whalberg is.

So his acting and fan passion for Gambit is not the problem, the problem is if Fox is going to continue to learn how to make these
I think Tatum went from an actor who got work because he had a lot of charisma and could do most his own stunt work. Then he started working with Steven Soderbergh, that's when I think he learnt how to act. I also think he is a rare type of actor who can do big action movies and hard comedy equally as well. IMO he's better at doing both than Mark Whalberg is.

So his acting and fan passion for Gambit is not the problem, the problem is if Fox is going to continue to learn how to make these movies better or are they going to take the success of DOFP to their head and act as if they have been right the whole time.
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1:20PM on 06/11/2014

Bad casting...

I don't mind Tatum in appropriate roles, but he just does not have the range or charm to pull this off.
I don't mind Tatum in appropriate roles, but he just does not have the range or charm to pull this off.
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12:26PM on 06/11/2014
I don't mind Gambit, but when did he become a big A list mutant character? Why not develop Archangel more - since he will be in AOA right? We saw him for 2 mins X3.
Or maybe do something more with Rogue or Iceman - I mean so far these X-men films have only been about Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto.
I don't mind Gambit, but when did he become a big A list mutant character? Why not develop Archangel more - since he will be in AOA right? We saw him for 2 mins X3.
Or maybe do something more with Rogue or Iceman - I mean so far these X-men films have only been about Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto.
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12:32PM on 06/11/2014
He's been huge since about day one. Or not that long after.

I was never a big fan. Stopped reading not too long after he & Bishop showed up.
He's been huge since about day one. Or not that long after.

I was never a big fan. Stopped reading not too long after he & Bishop showed up.
1:12PM on 06/11/2014
Gambit got popular with the 90s X-Men Animated Series.
Gambit got popular with the 90s X-Men Animated Series.
2:05PM on 06/11/2014
@Almost - yeah I think that's where I first noticed him - it's not that I am against him or anything really, but I mean he doesn't play a big part in major x-men events I don't think, or at least ones that matter. I could be wrong though as I was never a big X-men reader.

I just think there are more important people to beef up before we do Gambit.
@Almost - yeah I think that's where I first noticed him - it's not that I am against him or anything really, but I mean he doesn't play a big part in major x-men events I don't think, or at least ones that matter. I could be wrong though as I was never a big X-men reader.

I just think there are more important people to beef up before we do Gambit.
11:52AM on 06/11/2014
I'm a fan of the guy and think he is a good actor. I think he'll do fine with the part, but in all honesty, I would rather have had Taylor Kitsch back considering I thought he made for a really great Gambit, with the material he was given in Origins Wolverine.

But if Tatum can nail the Cajun accent and disguise himself a bit more, then there is no reason why he can't or won't make for an acceptable Gambit.
I'm a fan of the guy and think he is a good actor. I think he'll do fine with the part, but in all honesty, I would rather have had Taylor Kitsch back considering I thought he made for a really great Gambit, with the material he was given in Origins Wolverine.

But if Tatum can nail the Cajun accent and disguise himself a bit more, then there is no reason why he can't or won't make for an acceptable Gambit.
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11:33AM on 06/11/2014

Oddly I'll be optimistic

If he can really disguise himself with the voice, hair and persona matching Gambit...I kinda want to be positive about this.

But sure, if the casting was Josh Holloway, then we'd be breezing, laid back with a drink in our hands not worrying.
If he can really disguise himself with the voice, hair and persona matching Gambit...I kinda want to be positive about this.

But sure, if the casting was Josh Holloway, then we'd be breezing, laid back with a drink in our hands not worrying.
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11:30AM on 06/11/2014

I'm being really selective about movies that are being announced.

My time is a very valuable asset, one I can't buy or sell. I'm not going to waste my time with this trash, I'll wait for reviews and word if mouth. If I don't like what Ike hearing I probably won't watch it. Getting older I can't justify wasting 2 hours of my life on a movie I hope I be good about a character I like, so I'm not going to say I like what I hear or dont like what I hear I'm staying neutral.
My time is a very valuable asset, one I can't buy or sell. I'm not going to waste my time with this trash, I'll wait for reviews and word if mouth. If I don't like what Ike hearing I probably won't watch it. Getting older I can't justify wasting 2 hours of my life on a movie I hope I be good about a character I like, so I'm not going to say I like what I hear or dont like what I hear I'm staying neutral.
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11:30AM on 06/11/2014
Re-watching X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I really don't think Taylor Kitsch was a bad Gambit at all, there was just so much else going on that he felt like an afterthought.
Re-watching X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I really don't think Taylor Kitsch was a bad Gambit at all, there was just so much else going on that he felt like an afterthought.
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11:22AM on 06/11/2014
He looks a little heavy on his pic that links to the article huh?
He looks a little heavy on his pic that links to the article huh?
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11:18AM on 06/11/2014

G.I Joeing Gambit...

This is going to be really really bad. Channing Tatum already talking about how hard it is to "act Cajun" is not a good sign...especially coming from a guy who I find has a hard time acting like anything while on screen period.
This is going to be really really bad. Channing Tatum already talking about how hard it is to "act Cajun" is not a good sign...especially coming from a guy who I find has a hard time acting like anything while on screen period.
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11:18AM on 06/11/2014
Hopefully his idea is to quit bc most of us will never allow him or accept him to play this character. He literally took the phrase "make like a tree and get out of here" to heart in all of his acting choices. Ugh
Hopefully his idea is to quit bc most of us will never allow him or accept him to play this character. He literally took the phrase "make like a tree and get out of here" to heart in all of his acting choices. Ugh
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