Channing Tatum is Serious About Gambit’s Cajun Accent and Hypnotic Charm

Published 6 months ago by , Updated June 11th, 2014 at 1:09 am,

Gambit Marvel Comics X Men Art Channing Tatum is Serious About Gambits Cajun Accent and Hypnotic Charm

Channing Tatum’s got a problem, not a bad problem necessarily, but one that’s not going to go away. He’s in talks to play a Marvel superhero. A longtime fan of the X-Men hero Gambit, Tatum is in talks to play the character in the film franchise and because it’s been a very public ordeal, he cannot escape questions about it.

While promoting 22 Jump Street, most interviewers squeezed in a question or two about him potentially playing the Ragin’ Cajun in an X-Men film. With the buzz and success of X-Men: Days of Future Past still in the air, the idea of Tatum playing Gambit in the followup, X-Men: Apocalypse, is a hot topic.

Before we continue, it’s important to note that Channing Tatum has not signed on with Twentieth Century Fox to play Gambit. At this point, it’s just talks of ideas and plans for what Tatum wants to be a solo origin film for the character – one he describes as different from most superhero movies we see. If you ask X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner however, or Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg, Tatum’s confirmed to play the character. Again, that’s unofficially confirmed.

X Men Marvel Comics Gambit Art 1996 Channing Tatum is Serious About Gambits Cajun Accent and Hypnotic Charm

When we spoke with Tatum last week, he told us that it’d be a “dream” to play the character, even if that means showing up in some small way in 2016′s X-Men: Apocalypse before getting his own spinoff – something director Bryan Singer indirectly hinted at when he expressed interest in re-introducing Gambit in Apocalypse. Tatum also told us about costume ideas and trying to make it right and believe – headband and all. Of course, what may be the most important character trait to get right will be the character’s Cajun accent, something Tatum said a while back that he wanted to do.

In chatting with LR, Tatum opened up Gambit’s accent, expressing again his passion in making the character something unique on screen. And it’s something he’ll have to work at:

“I would say we’re going to try to do something a little bit different. I don’t know how to exactly explain it just yet, but he’s a ‘character’ character. He’s got a serious Cajun accent. I don’t know if you’ve heard a Cajun accent but it’s – I mean, we’re going to have to have subtitles sometimes (laughs). He has almost a Jedi mind trick thing that I want to try put in where he speaks patois and so I’m going to have to learn patois which is going to be hard. But, we’ll see.”

The Jedi mindtrick thing is part of Gambit’s hypnotic charm, something he uses to influence people, so it’s clear Tatum wants to flesh out this character a lot. As for the voice, Gambit (real name: Remy LeBeau) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and the patois (French word for local dialect) refers to the native language of the area.

X Men Gambit Comics Art Trenchcoat Channing Tatum is Serious About Gambits Cajun Accent and Hypnotic Charm

Tatum knows his stuff but if we do get a solo film first, we’ll see Gambit as a thief before he suits up with the full X-Men costume from the comics – it simply wouldn’t fit in the real-world the films try to base themselves in. Even in Days of Future Past, there were no costumes in the ’70s (the majority of the movie) outside of Michael Fassbender’s Magneto getup.

Does Channing Tatum’s passion and knowledge of Remy LeBeau, and interest in putting the work in to do the voice, convince you that’s he’s a good pick to play Gambit?


More: Gambit Solo Movie Before X-Men?


X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently in theaters worldwide. Fantastic Four releases June 19th, 2015, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, The Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on July 14th, 2017, and an unspecified Marvel film on July 13th, 2018.

22 Jump Street will be in theaters on June 13, 2014.

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  1. Okay, okay…we get it. The guy wants the part.

    He’s really beginning to come across as desperate, though.

    • For the record, Jeff, he’s not bringing it up. Almost every interview is asking him about the character, costume, and accent… and he’s giving good answers.

      • Get em rob lol

      • If that’s the case, Rob, then understood. Makes sense.

        Azimiq…this is neither a debate, fight, or game here…just a discussion.

        • If his numerous awards for acting are any indication, he’ll nail it.

          • Nice one @ELFA. ;)

    • keanu reeves, i think is much suitable for this role.

    • He already has the part. They confirmed it not that long ago.

  2. YES!!!

    I’m rooting for Channing as Gambit. Just wear a long brown wig and get the Cajun accent right. Hire a personal fight master to get his long staff fighting style right.

    • Yes indeed, just be truthful to the character I like that Tatum is into it, Love Gambit he`s awesome

    • Yeah, I’m OK with this if “Charmin’ Potater” can get the part down right, accent and all, sure why not? Don’t know that a solo movie is necessary (but if he did one I would give it a watch), but in Apocalypse? yep, I’m there. Just be sure Cyclops gets in there front and center…!!!

  3. I would pick Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy for this, I know his real name is Charlie ?Hannum? but really simply add a cajun accent and that character and it’s Gambit.

    • To be fair no one would notice any visual difference between both. I mean, they could easily be brothers.

  4. Why does he want this role so bad?? this came out of no where….

    • Maybe because he was a huge fan of the character growing up and since people asked him about it, he’s talking about it in response?

      That’s usually why actors want certain roles from long-running series.

    • I read somewhere he auditioned for the part of Gambit in X-Men: The Last Stand, but then the character was written out of the film.

  5. Hey Rob! You wrote “expression” instead of “expressing” somewhere in your article.

  6. i was glad when i heard that Josh Holloway was going to be gambit in XO:W, only to be replaced by Taylor Kitsch. i’m not really impressed with channing tatum as an actor. just the films i have seen him in he seems to be the same guy. i havent seen 21 JS yet, or white house down, but the previews have the same impression. a one note actor.

    • he was really good in white house down have seen that love him but just don’t think he is going to do a good gambit if they wind up picking him to do it

    • you’re not missing anything, he plays the same thing in every movie. Instead of White House Down, watch Olympus Has Fallen. MUCH better and Gerard Butler can actually act.

      • yes OHF is a pretty good flick

      • Gerard Butler speaks out of the side of his mouth. I find it incredibly annoying.

  7. Dear god, these people take superhero movies way too seriously.

    • I would imagine that, just like some Little Leaguers dream to be professional players one day and have their pictures on baseball cards, some actors who grew up reading comic books dream to portray certain characters and have action figures created in their likeness.

      …as if the money they all make isn’t enough.

    • Will, if you don’t want to read the comments of people who are passionate about super hero movies, this is not you site, buddy. Good God, why is it so hard for people to accept that some guys just happen to enjoy these movies and talk about them. BTW, this guy would totally work as Gambit!

      • Thank you pablo.

  8. The more I hear Tatum talk about Gambit, the more impressed I am with how much he knows about the character and cares about doing him justice. I am all for Tatum playing him and it even sounds like the film would benefit if they let him have plot/script input (though not TOTAL control, maybe).

  9. An opinion worth nothing except to me, I suppose, but I have no X-Men fans in my real life (violins), so I must say it: I think he would be perfect as Gambit. Can’t even justify why, except he totally has the right face for it, and I’m not even a big fan of his. And if he has passion for the role, even better. I would definitely take a wait-and-see approach to it as a logical adult, but I’m all for it.

  10. If you guys think that Channing Tatum has no range in acting ability I suggest you watch Foxcatcher he might grab some award season hype for a very good performance.

  11. Please stop talking about this plank of wood and the Gambit character. I don’t give a hoot what he does to get a role, he can’t act. If he is cast as Gambit, then I’m disgusted, Marvel has just ruined my favorite X-Men character.

    • Would you like some tissue?

  12. Did someone say he would be perfect as gambit ?? Perfect?

  13. Rob Keyes, looking cute in that little thumbnail…

    Anyway, I want Gambit with a hairstyle like in X-Men the Animated Series. It’s more stylish than straight long hair hanging down.

  14. incredibly strange some of the ppl on here
    accusing actors of being “desperate” when they show interest in parts theyd been offered and are constantly queried on? that also happened to be their childhood heroes..? strange ppl.. maybe some of you are on the wrong site?

    anyway i digress

    i was decidedly on the fence at first when hearing that josh holloway was AGAIN being overlooked for Remy aas the more popular and possible focus shunt replacement for Jackman (fox cant seem to do a fleshed out multi character arc..they have to hang it on one star -_-)

    buut as soon as i read his comments on the louisianna ladies mans latent hypnotic ability (something rarely mentioned or known about him outside of comics) &his ideas on how to play the dog-pigeon gambits so fond of i was totally sold
    hopefully his solo idea is a heist movie cum mutant parable of some sort that segues into another x-arc

    we’ll see but either way the character looks to be in good hands

  15. His enthusiasm for the character is winning me over. I’ve never seen Tatum in anything, but I hope he does a great job.

  16. I hope this is not true… He’s a terrible actor… He’s the same in everything.

  17. To be honest I wasn’t thrilled when I first heard about Tatum wanting to be Gambit because he just didn’t seem like the right kind of actor, but the fact that he seems to be really passionate about the character and is far more knowledgeable about him than most actors are about their comic book characters actually makes me think that he would really do the character justice, even if we’ll never get to see the famous Gambit/Rogue romance if he’s playing the character back in the 80′s. I honestly can’t wait to see what comes of this.

  18. It’s going to be really interesting to see these actors who also die hard fans of the characters (Tatum-Gambit, Affleck-Batman) portray the characters they love so much. Acting ability has to be there of course, but I’m interested to see just how far passion for a character will actually go.

  19. Holloway would seem to be a closer to natural fit for the role.

  20. Yep holloway looks and acts like gambit considering josh has the southern accent. Channing
    Would be better off being richard rider aka the nova.

  21. Yeah I can see Tatum as Gambit, totally!
    Dude is pretty awesome.

    He is a terrible “actor” with no presence, he is just a jock that got lucky.

    There isn’t a Snowball’s chance in HELL I would go and watch any X-Men film with him in.

    Josh Holloway is a better choice, or maybe an actor with French lineage who can actually nail the accent would be perfect, but God forbid Hollywood is too scared to cast anyone but a white American.
    I thought I was worried when I read Zac Efron was going to be Dr Strange but this is an even worse casting decision, shame on you Lauren Shuler Donner for considering Channing.
    Right now I can step down from my Soapbox.

    Thank you for your time.

  23. Wow. Glad to see he’s taking the role seriously.

  24. I’m really excited for Monsieur LeBeau’s comeback in the big screen. His first appereance was a desaster. So it can’t get any worse. I also think that (more or less) authentic accents are very important for the XMen franchise, since they’re always so international. Alan Cummings, for instance, did a very good job with the german accent for Nightcrawler.

  25. This is gonna be like Ryan Reynolds playing green lantern. Nope

  26. Just imagining Tatum trying to pull of a Cajun accent hurts my brain…

  27. I think he’d be a good Gambit. They would totally need to do the solo movie first.