Lauren Shuler Donner is a producer with nearly $3 billion in movie grosses under the belt of her career. But now the lady who helped bring Free Willy, Pretty in Pink, and every movie in the X-Men franchise to theaters is trying to do something even less likely: convince me that a Gambit solo film starring Channing Tatum would work.
She recently told Empire:
I’m dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum… That doesn’t have to be a great big movie. It’s a thief in New Orleans, it’s a whole different story. He’s on board, and I have to get the studio on board. How can anyone resist Channing? He’s such a sweetheart.
Oh come, on Channing Tatum? That guy’s like the epitome of the square jawed action hero. I mean, I’m sure he picked up some lessons about what it actually means to play to the female gaze in Magic Mike, but Gambit isn’t supposed to be a beefy guy in the way that Cyclops or Wolverine or Colossus are. I mean, Channing Tatum? Re-
I would like to play Gambit. Gambit’s my favourite. I’m from New Orleans, around that area. My dad’s from New Orleans, and I like to do a Cajun accent. I could do it for real.
No knock on Taylor Kitsch, though, ’cause I actually like his Gambit, but I’ve always lived around Cajun people. Gambit was always like the woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking guy. He was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He’s a thief. He kind of rode the line.
Oh no, Channing Tatum is a fan. No. I didn’t realize that Gambit was his favorite. I didn’t realize Gambit reflects part of his childhood. Fan sympathy… rising… Adorableness… overwhelming cynicism…
So what do you think? Would you accept a Remy LeBeau whose neck is as wide as his jaw?