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Channing Tatum Dying to Play Gambit

April 17, 2009 07:54:36 GMT

A self-professed comic book fan, 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra' star Channing Tatum laid bare his true feeling of missing out on playing Gambit in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'.


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Though drawing envy when landing the role of Duke in the forthcoming "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra", Channing Tatum revealed there is one particular role he himself wishes to be able to carry out, Gambit. "Man, I was dying to play [Gambit]," the 28-year-old shared to MTV News about his desire to portray the character he holds dear to his heart.

"My dad's from Louisiana and I think I've always just gravitated towards Gambit in general," he in addition explained about his personal connection with the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" character. "He's just cooler than anything to me."

Actually, this "Step Up" hunk has nailed the role of Gambit's alter ego, Remy LeBeau, after he auditioned for Brett Ratner's "X-Men: The Last Stand". At the last minute, however, the character's participation was cut off. When the character is finally included in "Wolverine", Tatum was immediately contacted. But, he was already attached to "G.I. Joe".

While in the end he didn't get to play Gambit, he still has nothing but positive words for Taylor Kitsch, the depicter of the Cajun card player in "Wolverine". "I'm really interested to see how the guy plays him because I have a pretty clear version of Gambit in my head," he said. "I'm sure the guy is going to be great, though."

Channing Tatum will be seen starring as the leader of the special operation team G.I. Joe in "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" when the live-action movie arrives in theaters across the U.S. on August 7. In the meantime, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" is set to blast off in U.S. theaters on May 1.

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