Pair of Aces: everyone wants Gambit

Channing Tatum candidated himself for the role that four years ago was played by Taylor Kitsch. And the former Gambit said what he thinks.

During a press conference for White House Down last year, Channing Tatum expressed the desire to play Gambit, the character that 4 years ago, in the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine was payed by Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch.

Even if Kitsch still appears in the role, and fully capable to do it again, according to Empire “X-Men” producer Lauren Shuler Donner recently said that Tatum is really charming and that she’s “dying” to do a Gambit movie with him. She just needs to convince the studio.

The Chicago Post spoke with Kitsch over the phone last Friday. He was promoting Lone Survivor Foundation’s Concert for a Cause that will be on February 20 at the House of Blue in Chicago.

When the Post asked Kitsch if he would play Gambit again he said: “I would under the right circumstances.  But if (Tatum, ed) does it, good on him. He’ll kill it. It’s such a cool character. Whoever plays him will be a lucky guy”.

When the reporter pointed out to him that Gambit is the character preferred by women, Kitsch said that to play characters with a particular sex appeal is always flattering. But he add: “It is what is it. I’m not going to be like ‘Oh my God, why don’t I get to play him?’ If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. And if not, I’ll move on. If they cast Tatum I wish him nothing but the best. I hope he kicks the crap out of it.”

The Friday Night Lights star, in spite of a hardcore fan following (despite his choice to live in Texas, away from the limelight) and generally strong critical response to his performances, has had a trio of high-profile flops: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, John Carter and Battleship, with nothing comparably high-grossing to offset their impact on his professional reputation.

On the other hand Tatum, has had hits like Magic Mike (he is writing the sequel right now) and White House Down. He’s also Superman’s voice in The Lego Movie.

The choice seems obvious, but, in the poll attached to the Chicago Post article, “Who would you see as next Gambit?”, Taylor Kitsch is ahead with the 81 per cent of votes, while Tatum follows with only the 12 per cent of votes .

Let us know who you’d like to see as next  Gambit in our polls.

“If I learned anything in my life it’s this: always play the hand you’re dealt. My name is Gambit. And I play for keeps”.

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