Who would have thought becoming a magical stripper would lead to being cast as the superhero Gambit. In an interview with Total Film, X-men producer Laura Shuler Donner confirmed Channing will be the future Gambit and explained why he was the perfect fit for this role.
“Well you know, he’s a rogue, Channing, he’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau,” said Shuler Donner, “and he can handle the action—we all know that! And he’s got a really good heart. I know him personally, I did a movie with him. So, I think he will be great.”
She continued on saying even though Channing isn’t from New Orleans, he’s a Southerner and understands that world.
Tatum spoke with Total Film last year and brought up his interest in Gambit, of course, not knocking Taylor Kitsch’s performance in X-men Origins: Wolverine.
“I’m from around that area, and my dad’s from New Orleans. And I like to do a Cajun accent! I actually like his Gambit, but I’ve always lived in and around the Cajun people… Gambit was always like the woman loving, cigarette smoking, drinking—you know he was the punk rock of all the superheroes.”
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