Channing Tatum Talks About The Solo Gambit Movie
Empire talked to Channing Tatum about what to expect from his take on the X-Man Gambit:
"I love Gambit," says Tatum exclusively in Empire. "I grew up in the South; my father’s from Louisiana. We’d go to New Orleans and I heard all the dialects. It felt so different from the rest of America; it has its own ancient culture. So I identified with that. And he always felt the most real of the X-Men to me. He’s kind of a tortured soul and he’s not a good guy. But he’s not a bad guy, either. He walks his own path. And of course he plays cards and drinks and is a martial-arts badass!”
“Josh Zetumer just turned in the first draft of the script, and it’s killer," adds Tatum. "None of us were sure how he was going to deal with the X-Men world. But we’re going to be changing some of the tropes of these movies. It’s always about saving the world (laughs), but maybe we’re going to shift things a liittle but. There’s so many ways you can take [an origin story]. You could do it like Batman Begins, or a different take and go the Guardians Of The Galaxy route. All I can say is, I’m super excited.”
I won't lie. I'm still not convinced of Channing Tatum's ability to pull off Gambit. I think he has a very limited range when it comes to acting and Gambit doesn't fall in that range. Based off of his prior roles, he's at his best when he's just playing a goofy dumb jock. (The 21 Jump Street movies). What gives me hope is that a few months ago Tatum was reaching out to some very good directors to see if they would be interested in directing the film. I believe that the right director might be able to give Tatum the direction he needs to pull off this character. Darren Aronofsky was one of those directors but passed but Tatum also reached out to Bennett Miller. Miller directed Foxcatcher and while I haven't seen that movie, I've heard that Tatum did a decent job in that film.
As far as this interview, I think in order to pull off a Gambit film, I think Tatum is right, they need to shift things a little bit. If they make it an origin film, it would be nice for them to focus on the Thieves Guild and leave the cameos from other X-Men to a minimum. We'll see. I'm optimistic about this movie because Bryan Singer isn't involved and I'm making a commitment to give non-Singer properties a chance over at Fox. I'm not 100% sold but I'm open to see what they do.