Despite his apparent southern roots and his enthusiasm for the role, Tatum is just … well, he’s not sexy enough to pull off the smoldering Remy LeBeau, in my opinion.
This is the man that fandom loves with Rogue, the man who can keep up with Storm. (The less said about Fox’s casting of the latter, the better.) This is the suave, sexy thief with an angsty past. Not one of Tatum’s prior roles has pulled the sort of performance out of him that Gambit’s history with the Marauders and Morlocks will require. Nothing in his filmography indicates to me that he’ll be able to pull off the ninja-in-fuchsia, devil-may-care rapscallion I’ve been reading about since his debut in the 90s.
Fox is trying to capitalize on someone they see as a bankable star. And that works when your bankable star has more going for him than abs. Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen are bankable because they’re incredible talents with marvelous presence. Even Hugh Jackman, who gets the lion’s share of the camera time, is a great talent (he’d even be able to pull off X-Men: The Musical if Fox was willing to try it). Chambit, on the other hand, has little else going for him than … well, except a nice six-pack."