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It's not hard to understand why playing a superhero has become one of the most sought-after gigs in Hollywood. They offer some excellent job security, as well as the opportunity to stay at the forefront of one of the most popular genres in entertainment. Hell on Wheels' Anson Mount is one of the latest actors to step into the genre with his role as Black Bolt on ABC's Inhumans, but it turns out that he actually wanted to play an X-Men character before stepping into the Marvel world: Remy "Gambit LeBeau. Mount expressed his sincere desire to play the cajun X-Man and explained:
I wanted to be Gambit for a really long time, and then Channing Tatum ruined that for me! But I think he's gonna do a great job.
It's worth mentioning that Anson Mount doesn't actually appear to harbor any ill will towards Channing Tatum for getting the role of Gambit. In his comments to CBR about wanting to play the card-throwing mutant badass, Mount very clearly laughed about his frustration. That said, it's not hard to imagine that it's at least a little disappointing not to get your first choice of hero.
Of course, as many of you likely already know, the process of getting Channing Tatum into the role of Gambit hasn't necessarily been easy either. Although he has tentatively been attached to the project for several years, the Gambit film has gone through many behind-the-scenes changes and continues to remain firmly planted in development hell. Last we heard about the movie, things seems optimistic -- with the development taking several creative cues from Logan and Deadpool in terms of scale and style -- so we will keep our fingers crossed in the hope that that ANY Gambit movie will actually get made.
Although it has taken quite a while to make any real progress on the Gambit movie, many fans are likely willing to wait to see him come to life. As one of the most popular X-Men characters of all time, Gambit has developed a rabid fanbase due to his anti-hero sensibilities and his awesome powers. Possessing the ability to charge inanimate objects with kinetic energy, the southern scoundrel can quite literally make anything explode at will -- though he often sticks to his trusty pack of playing cards for ammunition. He's one of the more loquacious characters in Marvel lore, so it's obviously a far cry from someone like Black Bolt -- whose very voice could destroy a planet.
CinemaBlend will keep you posted with more developments related to the silver screen Gambit project as new information is made available to us, but for now, you can catch Anson Mount as Black Bolt on Inhumans every Friday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.