April 15, 2014
Channing Tatum Confirms Meeting With Lauren Shuler Donner About GAMBIT Role
MTV caught up with 22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum, and asked him about his desire to take-on the role of Gambit in future X-Men films. Tatum confirms meeting with franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner about the part. Lauren has already praised Channing in interviews, and even went as far as to mention Gambit getting his own movies. The status of a spin-off is way down the line, but Bryan Singer has mentioned he could include the character in X-Men: Apocalypse. I wouldn't be overly shocked if Tatum ends up joining that cast, as it sounds like both sides are very interested.
“I met with Lauren Schuler Donner. I would love—Gambit’s my really only X-Men that I’ve ever loved. I [mean] I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, [but] I don’t know I guess just being from down south—my dad’s from Louisiana and I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida—I don’t know I just related to him. He’s just kind of a suave; he’s the most un-X-Men X-Man who’s ever been in X-Men, other than maybe Wolverine. He’s kind of like the anti-hero; he’s a thief. He’s not even like a hero, he’s kind of walking the line of grey. He loves women and drinking and smoking, he’s just a cool guy that happens to have a good moral center.”
“I hope it does [come together]. You never know, it’s a weird industry. If the stars align, I would play it. I’m already working on the accent.”