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Channing Tatum had talked with 'X-Men' producer about being Gambit

Actor Channing Tatum, recipient of the MTV Trailblazer Award, poses in the press room during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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According to Comic Book Resources on Tuesday Channing Tatum had recently spoken with "X-Men" franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner about being in his own "Gambit" movie. The "White House Down" celebrity had spoken enthusiastically about his desire in playing Remy LeBeau.

Tatum had described his relation to the character as being his favorite due to having similar origins. He mentioned his roots stem from Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana. Tatum is originally from Mississippi. Also, the appeal of the character has more to do with his own unique portrayal that of a thief. Similar to Logan in nature insomuch as an anti-hero, but claimed, "He's the most un-X-Men X-Man that’s ever been in X-Men". That being said, that's Gambit's tongue-tied description as uttered by the celebrity. He likes the fact he's walking a grey area when it comes to the characters morality. The character is coined a good guy when it comes to being supportive against a common foe, but his womanizing, thieving ways has left a lot to be desired.

In January, Donner said she would indeed love to do a movie with the actor and said it doesn't really have to be that big of a deal of a film considering Gambit is just a thief in New Orleans. For those who aren't fans of the comic book, Gambit is an avid gambler with the ability to throw purple cards at foes that form magically in his hand. He also has great aerial and acrobatic abilities that throw off any enemy. Those who have watched "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" may have seen him take on Logan in a back alley and seemed to hold his own pretty well.

Tatum mentioned he's already practicing the southern drawl, but claims to be crappy at it. On the other hand, when asked who would would be a good actor to take the place of Logan played by Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine, Jackman said, "I don't know who could play him. Channing Tatum could probably play him".

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is due out on May 23 and director Bryan Singer had considered bringing back Gambit and Nightcrawler for "X-Men: Apocalypse". There's not much about the latter, but the second sequel in Singer's ensemble of films does tie into the first film.

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