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Channing Tatum Preparing Cajun Accent For ‘Gambit’

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There’s still no official word that Channing Tatum will play Gambit in Fox’s X-Men franchise, but it certainly sounds like conversations between the studio and the actor are far along.

Speaking with Latino Review, the actor once again reiterated his interest in Gambit, saying he’s “super-hyped” to play the character. But from his perspective, getting into Gambit’s card-charging skin won’t be an easy feat, especially where dialogue is concerned.

“He’s got a serious Cajun accent,” he said. “I don’t know if you’ve heard a Cajun accent before, but we’re going to have to have subtitles sometimes. He has almost a Jedi mind trick thing, that I want to try and put in — because he speaks Patois, and so I’m going to have to learn Patois. It’s going to be very hard. But we’ll see.”

Previously, Tatum said he wants to pursue a Gambit standalone movie before tying the character into the proper X-Men films; however, other reports indicate he will factor into X-Men: Apocalypse, due in theaters on May 27, 2016.


  • mel

    Gambit sounds Jamaican? dafuq?

  • Jason M Bryant

    Mel, are you referring to Tatum talking about Patois? That word just means ‘mixture’, and it’s used to describe lots of different dialects in different places where several languages got mixed together. I’ve heard Haitians talk about speaking Patois. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it used by people in Louisiana, too. So no, he’s not confusing Cajun with Jamaican.

    To me it sounds like he’s enthusiastic about the role. I hope he has a good voice coach who makes sure he doesn’t overdo it, but it sounds like he wants to put in some serious work.

  • mel

    Well you learn something new everyday. Thanks.

  • dekko

    I’m not the biggest fan of Gambit, but even I don’t want Tatum near the role. I don’t think he can pull it off. I’ve never thought of him as a good actor and if he’s already concerned about being able to pull off the accent, I’m worried we’ll get another Kevin Costner/Robin Hood scenario… (and he just seems too beefy for someone who’s meant to be sly and stealthy)

  • Crystal

    No one who is not Cajun can pull off a Cajun accent. He’s going to butcher it.