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Entertainment: Channing Tatum says he is traumatized after his dreams of playing a Marvel superhero fell apart.
The actor was set to play “Gambit,” an X-Men character made popular by the X-Men 90’s animated series. The movie was supposed to be released in 2016, but after production delays, the movie was put on indefinite hold.
Tatum and Reid Carolin were co-producing the film and also expressed interest in directing the production, however, the studio was very much against it. “Gambit,” was scheduled to be filmed in New Orleans with a set cast before the studio pulled the plug. Variety interviewed Tatum where he is quoted as saying, “they wanted anybody but us, essentially, we had never directed anything.” He added, “Once ‘Gambit’ went away, I was so traumatized,” mentioning that he can’t watch any Marvel movies now.
In 2019, Disney merged with Fox and the X-Men franchise has been reenvisioned.
“I shut off my Marvel machine. I haven’t been able to see any of the movies. I loved that character. It was just too sad. It was like losing a friend because I was so ready to play him,” he said, noting that Gambit was the “coolest.”
Who knows, maybe Disney will reach out to collaborate with the actor on an upcoming project.