Channing Tatum’s Gambit movie may have hit some development snags, but the star is still on board and hoping to bring his favorite superhero to life as part of Fox’s X-Men franchise.
"There wasn't a comic store, but the cartoon was on TV and he was this cool Cajun guy," Tatum tells The Straits Times, recalling the popular X-Men: The Animated Series, which debuted 25 years ago.
Tatum was so inspired by Gambit that he pretended he was the character, swinging a homemade version of Gambit’s staff and emulating the mutant’s energy-charging abilities using a deck of cards, the character's signature weapon.
"And he was the easiest person to play as a kid because you could just unscrew the broom handle, get a pack of cards and wrap a bandana around your head. We had a lot of fun throwing cards and trying to take our friends' eyes out across the living room," Tatum says.
Tatum’s attraction to the character comes from Gambit’s cultural roots, which are firmly rooted in the same Cajun heritage that Tatum grew up in.
"He is just cool, man,” Tatum says. “He is one of the few superheroes that has an actual culture to him. He doesn't talk like a vanilla American. He is from a specific
Tatum confirmed at this year's Comic-Con that he is actively working on Gambit with Fox. Tatum says the delays have actually been a blessing. The film's script is being rewritten, giving the project a fresh start.
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The Gambit movie still does not have a firm release date, though Fox has several unidentified Marvel movies on its upcoming schedule.