Channing Tatum’s Cajun Accent and How ‘Gambit’ Fits Into ‘X-Men’

– by Joseph Medina

As Marvel continues doing their thing in Phase 3 of their Cinematic Universe, Fox is also working to expand their brands with the long-awaited “Deadpool” and “Gambit” flicks, both of which are slated for a 2016 release. While Ryan Reynolds and co. have gone to great measures to reveal little nuggets of information and photos throughout the course of production of “Deadpool,” we still know little to nothing regarding Channing Tatum’s “Gambit” apart from some of the folks involved in making it.

Of course, it’s hard to expect anything else when a film hasn’t even entered production, but that doesn’t stop fans from wondering about the details. It’s a big character in the X-Men universe, after all, and while Channing Tatum has indeed earned his stripes as a respectable actor, many still aren’t sure what to expect from his interpretation. While promoting “Magic Mike XXL,” the topic veered off course into Gambit territory, with Digital Spy asking whether or not he has the iconic Cajun accent down yet.

“It’s all being worked on at the moment. I’m from the south, so I know who to go to to find the accent. I haven’t found ‘the guy’ yet, because generally that’s how I do accents. I’ll find the person I want to sound like and not just do a generic Cajun accent. So I haven’t found the guy yet.”

Tatum wasn’t the only one at the interview with some “Gambit” knowledge.  Producer Reid Carolin was also able to shed some light on the status of the script, and whether or not they’re planning to integrate the card-throwing mutant into the overall “X-Men” universe.

“It’s sort of an evolving conversation in that we’re kind of figuring that out as we go. But this is a standalone movie. It’s a story of Gambit. We’ll probably gradually integrate that character into the ‘X-Men’ universe as we go. And as far as what characters from the “X-Men” universe make it into the movie, we’re not exactly sure yet. So we’re figuring it out. It’s still in the script stage… It’s really just his [origin] story in New Orleans.”

These are all relatively vague details, but there are a few great bits that are quite revealing. First is that this is a full-on standalone flick—and an origin story to boot.  While we’re used to origin stories from the standard Marvel/DC fare, they aren’t incredibly common in the “X-Men” franchise, especially ones that are single character-focused.

They still have at least three months until they need to start shooting, and that gives them plenty of time to iron out the necessary details, including the costume, which Tatum feels should have some “base in reality.”

Are you excited to see what Tatum and co. will bring to the “Gambit” movie? Let us know your thoughts!

Sources: Digital Spy

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