Everybody can calm down, as reports that Channing Tatum had left Gambit were exaggerated.
THR reports that previous reports that negotiations between Tatum and Fox had reached an impasse were perhaps overstated. Apparently the talks did hit a “sensitive spot,” but that’s to be expected with as high-profile a star as Tatum.
It’s being suggested that the “sensitive spot” was Tatum’s involvement in other X-Men films, as Fox reportedly want Gambit to function as “one of the anchor characters of the X-universe, akin to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, someone who would anchor his own movies and appear in numerous others. It’s a commitment that could theoretically last more than a decade.”
That is a big commitment, so it’s understandable that Tatum would be a little cautious. It sounds like there was also the predictable money issue, as THR’s sources say “that backend compensation was also a sticking point.”
However, it sounds as though Tatum’s love for the character and enthusiasm for playing the part pushed things through. We were pretty surprised when it was reported that it was looking like he was going to drop out, given that the film seemed to come into being based purely on that enthusiasm, so we’re not too surprised to hear that things were blown out of proportion.
So, now that the drama is over, how do we all feel about Tatum definitely taking on the role?
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