A new interview also offers details on the actor's embattled superhero passion project.

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Actor Channing Tatum (Magic Mike, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) has revealed in a new interview with Variety that he’s been unable to watch Marvel movies because he was “traumatized” by being unable to play Gambit in the franchise.

Tatum, who has lobbied for decades to portray the roles whenever opportunities arose in the past, discussed his deep relationship with the character. As Tatum explains, he was unavailable for the character’s film introduction in 2009 with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. From 2016 through to 2019, Tatum was attached to a long-delayed and eventually canceled standalone film centered on the X-Men character. In the interview, Tatum thinks his desire to also direct the film–which was written by Josh Zetumer (RoboCop, The Infamous) and based on a story by the character’s creator Chris Claremont–was “hubris.”

“Once Gambit went away, I was so traumatized,” said Tatum. “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 ready to play him.”

Tatum spoke with Variety in support of his upcoming film Dog, alongside his long-time producing partner Reid Carolin. Carolin, who spent four years developing Gambit with Tatum, said the film would have been a “romantic comedy superhero movie… the thesis was the only thing harder than saving the world is making a relationship work.”

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