Currently there are few actors that come to mind, those who are not part of one way or another of some superhero project. Or perhaps precisely all the actors that we can remember come to our minds precisely because they belong to that type of film. Whatever the case may be, actor Channing Tatum belongs in that limbo of the alien, despite having come very close to playing Gambit. The cancellation of said film resulted in the disappointment of many, but probably for no one was it more painful, than for Tatum himself.
In a recent interview that the actor held with Variety, was that he revealed his feelings about the ill-fated Fox project. It was practically since the character first appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, that the studio generated the idea of making a movie of its own. In that Gambit he was played by Taylor Kitsch and it was in 2014 when it was announced that Channing Tatum would be the main protagonist of the project.
The film was in development for five years. Multiple delays, script rewrites, but above all the tireless search for a director to take the job, were the factors that prevented the production from getting the definitive green light. However, it was all over when Disney‘s massive buyout happened and the project was officially cancelled.
“Once Gambit left, he was very traumatized,” Tatum said. “I turned off my Marvel machine. I haven’t been able to watch any of the movies. I loved that character. He was too sad. It was like losing a friend because he was so ready to play it.”
However, beyond the interpretation of the character, Tatum was very attached to him also by his desire to direct the film. The idea was to take the direction himself along with his colleague and producer Reid Carolin. Precisely both designed the final script for the film, but Fox’s frequent delays occurred mainly because they wanted to find a more experienced director.
“The studio really didn’t want us to direct it,” he said. “They wanted everyone but us, essentially, because we had never directed anything.”
Channing Tatum eventually made peace with that decision, but Gambit was canceled by then. Everything happened at the last minute. Being that even the film already had an office established for production in New Orleans, an advance that would indicate to anyone that the film was only waiting for the indication to begin filming.
When Disney acquired Fox, there was still a time when Mickey Mouse took a hard look at how that studio’s Marvel products could fit into the MCU. Although Gambit could be made without a direct relationship to the X-Men and with a totally new character, unrelated to the aforementioned saga, in any case it was decided that it was not the time.
Despite the disappointment, Channing Tatum hasn’t given up on Gambit, though he thinks they may no longer be directing him and that was the biggest mistake. “Perhaps he was arrogant of us,” he confessed. At the same time, his partner Reid Carolin hopes for “maybe someday”: “I would like them to reconsider it, because it is a pretty good project”.
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