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Gambit's creator shares his thoughts on Channing Tatum as the Cajun mutant

Apr. 25, 2014by:

Chris Claremont is not only the creator of the original comic storyline that serves as the basis for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST but he is also the creator of fan favorite character Gambit. Gambit has been hot news recently as Channing Tatum has confirmed meetings regarding playing the character in a future solo movie. The Internet did not respond kindly to the news, but what does the man who created Gambit think?

In an interview with Blastr Claremont shared his thoughts on Tatum as well as who he envisioned taking the role on in the past.

In those terms, I would think Channing would be a wonderful choice...whether that means, in two or three years, some other cool guy might come along. There's a part of me that thinks, 'Hm, 20 years ago, I might have thought Woody Harrelson.' To me, it's a matter of finding who bonds best with the role, in the same way that Hugh has defined Wolverine for everybody in the cinematic audience.

Woody Harrelson would have made a very interesting Gambit and definitely outside of the expected casting for the role. But, that goes to show that when you try to match a drawn character to a physical specimen you often overlook who brings the best acting to the part. Taylor Kitsch was cast as Gambit because the guy was expected to hit it huge as a Hollywood star. Here we are years later and where is Kitsch?

By the time a Gambit movie gets made, Tatum may not be the hot guy anymore. So that leaves the question: who should play Gambit?

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST opens May 23, 2014.

Source: Blastr

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2:00PM on 04/27/2014
This is kind of an out there suggestion, but how about Shannon Leto? He's a drummer, but has also acted. Plus, he's actually Cajun.

I guess that's what I'd prefer, an actor that's actually Cajun.
This is kind of an out there suggestion, but how about Shannon Leto? He's a drummer, but has also acted. Plus, he's actually Cajun.

I guess that's what I'd prefer, an actor that's actually Cajun.
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10:26AM on 04/27/2014
Don't care much who should play Gambit. He's always been one of the stupider X-Men.
Don't care much who should play Gambit. He's always been one of the stupider X-Men.
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4:23AM on 04/26/2014
Let's face it anyone could play him with makeup these days.
Let's face it anyone could play him with makeup these days.
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2:33AM on 04/26/2014

outside the box casting

Mos Def.
Mos Def.
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3:20AM on 04/26/2014
Well If Fantastic Four is anything to go by, why not?
Well If Fantastic Four is anything to go by, why not?
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1:55AM on 04/26/2014

Dig Gambit

Not sure he's solo material though. Nobody has done X-Men Whedon style. Someone needs to get behind these guys who can really flesh out each character and unite them all effectively instead of just doing Wolverine featuring The XMen. Bring Gambit into a true team movie and Wolverine, Cyclops and him clash perfectly (look at the 90's cartoon honestly). I like Tatum for the role, but Tatum might be too Marky Mark (nice guy). Holloway is a pretty good choice, but he's aging fast and might not
Not sure he's solo material though. Nobody has done X-Men Whedon style. Someone needs to get behind these guys who can really flesh out each character and unite them all effectively instead of just doing Wolverine featuring The XMen. Bring Gambit into a true team movie and Wolverine, Cyclops and him clash perfectly (look at the 90's cartoon honestly). I like Tatum for the role, but Tatum might be too Marky Mark (nice guy). Holloway is a pretty good choice, but he's aging fast and might not have the chops to be anything other than Sawyer with cards.
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10:33PM on 04/25/2014
Woody already made a superhero movie: Defendor. Check it out, it's a solid movie.
Woody already made a superhero movie: Defendor. Check it out, it's a solid movie.
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10:24PM on 04/25/2014
From all I've heard, Channing Tatum is from Louisiana (or at least he has family there) so he should be able to nail the accent. If he does that, he should do fine.

I would have preferred Ryan Kwanten - he nails the Louisiana accent on TRUE BLOOD and he does a very good ladies' man on that show. He can lead a solo film as well (RED HILL).

For the record, I thought Taylor Kitsch was terrible as Gambit: his accent was as bad as Kevin Costner's British accent in ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF
From all I've heard, Channing Tatum is from Louisiana (or at least he has family there) so he should be able to nail the accent. If he does that, he should do fine.

I would have preferred Ryan Kwanten - he nails the Louisiana accent on TRUE BLOOD and he does a very good ladies' man on that show. He can lead a solo film as well (RED HILL).

For the record, I thought Taylor Kitsch was terrible as Gambit: his accent was as bad as Kevin Costner's British accent in ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES.
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11:45PM on 04/25/2014
So
So
10:19AM on 04/26/2014
Kevin Costner had a british accent?
Kevin Costner had a british accent?
7:47PM on 04/25/2014
Remember, Jackman was pretty much an unknown when he got Wolverine in X-Men (not even the first choice either! ah, how is Dougray Scott's career?)... There were 3 ensemble outings with the X-Men before he got his own film.

Personally I think they should hold off on a Gambit movie and re-introduce the character via the X-Men films.

I'm not sure where Kitsch's Gambit falls in chronology with where X-Men: Apocalypse will be set. But if we're going to ignore Kitsch altogether, introduced
Remember, Jackman was pretty much an unknown when he got Wolverine in X-Men (not even the first choice either! ah, how is Dougray Scott's career?)... There were 3 ensemble outings with the X-Men before he got his own film.

Personally I think they should hold off on a Gambit movie and re-introduce the character via the X-Men films.

I'm not sure where Kitsch's Gambit falls in chronology with where X-Men: Apocalypse will be set. But if we're going to ignore Kitsch altogether, introduced the character in that film. See how the audiences react to the character as part of a group and if it's a good response - THEN look at a solo film.

I was introduced to the X-Men with the 90s animated series. Gambit was easily one of my fave characters in that series. Don't have a clue who should play him in a film. Can't say I'm happy with the idea of Tatum in the role, I'm sure there's gotta be better options out there... but we probably don't know them yet.
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7:54PM on 04/25/2014
to reporter:

"Where is Kitsch?"....well, he was one of the leads of this year's Lone Survivor and is appearing next month with Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts on HBO aclaimed story Normal Heart, so kind of biased quote, if u ask me.
to reporter:

"Where is Kitsch?"....well, he was one of the leads of this year's Lone Survivor and is appearing next month with Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts on HBO aclaimed story Normal Heart, so kind of biased quote, if u ask me.
7:33PM on 04/25/2014

Internet geeks

What is it with internet geeks and their horrible casting suggestions? Josh Hartnett? Josh Holloway? Alexander Skaarsgard? It's plainly obvious you're thinking only about appearance, because none of those guys have the talent of a Hugh Jackman, and that's who they should be shooting for. Somebody to carry the franchise when Wolverine is gone. Tatum? I don't know, maybe. I'd prefer a Ryan Gosling, but he'd probably turn it down.

Gosling's resume up until very recently is stellar, so if they
What is it with internet geeks and their horrible casting suggestions? Josh Hartnett? Josh Holloway? Alexander Skaarsgard? It's plainly obvious you're thinking only about appearance, because none of those guys have the talent of a Hugh Jackman, and that's who they should be shooting for. Somebody to carry the franchise when Wolverine is gone. Tatum? I don't know, maybe. I'd prefer a Ryan Gosling, but he'd probably turn it down.

Gosling's resume up until very recently is stellar, so if they can get him, do it.
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11:49PM on 04/25/2014
If we are going by accent, why not Adam Sandlers Cajun Man?
If we are going by accent, why not Adam Sandlers Cajun Man?
7:15PM on 04/25/2014
just give back marvel rights to the xmen and they'll know what to do ...
just give back marvel rights to the xmen and they'll know what to do ...
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11:50PM on 04/25/2014
THAT'S RIGHT, you sexy Beast!
THAT'S RIGHT, you sexy Beast!
7:13PM on 04/25/2014
That new Dario Neharis guy from game of thrones
That new Dario Neharis guy from game of thrones
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7:05PM on 04/25/2014

Who should play gambit?

Nobody, because gambit sucks. Most overrated character since Boba Fett.
Nobody, because gambit sucks. Most overrated character since Boba Fett.
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8:17PM on 04/25/2014
100% agree. Gambit blows ass.
100% agree. Gambit blows ass.
6:59PM on 04/25/2014
Josh Holloway or Alexander Skaarsgard would both make for awesome Gambits.
Josh Holloway or Alexander Skaarsgard would both make for awesome Gambits.
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6:43PM on 04/25/2014

Taylor Kitsch

Don't count Kitsch out of being a star just yet.
Don't count Kitsch out of being a star just yet.
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6:49PM on 04/25/2014
"Taylor who?"

-Average movie goer
"Taylor who?"

-Average movie goer
7:56PM on 04/25/2014
agree. Just because and actor doesnt have a few movies making 500m doesnt mean his career is over. Thats like a 10 years person mind. Even Tom Cruise and Will Smith has had poor results, so... so many stupid comments regarding some actors recent movies.
agree. Just because and actor doesnt have a few movies making 500m doesnt mean his career is over. Thats like a 10 years person mind. Even Tom Cruise and Will Smith has had poor results, so... so many stupid comments regarding some actors recent movies.
6:39PM on 04/25/2014

I'm not sure how I feel about this.

I think Josh Holloway would be perfect as Gambit. That being said we all know hollywood nowadays seems to cast with the hot actors of the moment, and not with who would make the most sense. Channing Tatum definitely could look the part, but I shudder with him trying the cajun accent. Josh Hartnett Maybe?
I think Josh Holloway would be perfect as Gambit. That being said we all know hollywood nowadays seems to cast with the hot actors of the moment, and not with who would make the most sense. Channing Tatum definitely could look the part, but I shudder with him trying the cajun accent. Josh Hartnett Maybe?
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7:34PM on 04/25/2014
But Channing is virtually Cajun.
But Channing is virtually Cajun.
7:44PM on 04/25/2014
I know, but he still doesn't have the accent. If he can nail the accent, then I have non problem with him playing Gambit. Depending how costume design he could potentially look perfect. Just not my top pic.
I know, but he still doesn't have the accent. If he can nail the accent, then I have non problem with him playing Gambit. Depending how costume design he could potentially look perfect. Just not my top pic.
8:22PM on 04/25/2014
Ok. Then I agree. He wouldn't be my top pick either but he can pull it off.
Ok. Then I agree. He wouldn't be my top pick either but he can pull it off.
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