Channing Tatum wants to play Marvel Comics’ card-throwing Cajun, Gambit. Tatum made his pitch during an interview with Total Film last year. “X-Men” producer Lauren Shuler Donner recently told Empire the feeling is mutual. She said she’s “dying” to do a Gambit movie with Tatum and just needs to get the studio on board.
But what about Taylor Kitsch?
The former “Friday Night Lights” actor played Gambit in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” While switching actors isn’t unusual in the superhero genre (The Incredible Hulk was played by three different actors on the big screen in less than ten years), Kitsch still appears to be interested and fully capable of reprising the role.
“I would under the right circumstances,” Kitsch said over the phone Friday while promoting Lone Survivor Foundation’s Concert for a Cause Feb. 20 at the House of Blues, featuring BoDeans. “But if (Tatum) does it, good on him. He’ll kill it. It’s such a cool character. Whoever plays him will be a lucky guy.”
Kitsch has seen his profile rise significantly in the last two years. He starred in 2012’s “John Carter,” “Battleship” and “Savages” and 2013’s “Lone Survivor.” Still, the laid back British Columbia native said he wouldn’t protest if he was replaced by Tatum.
“It is what is it,” he said. “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.”
Look for my complete interview with Kitsch in the Tribune Feb. 17.
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