Taylor Kitsch Reacts to Being Replaced as Gambit by Charming Potato in the 'X-Men' Franchise
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Taylor Kitsch Reacts to Being Replaced as Gambit by Charming Potato in the 'X-Men' Franchise

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | May 13, 2014 | Comments ()


Come here. We need to talk.


Are you telling me that I’m being replaced as Gambit in the X-Men franchise with Charming Potato? That’s ridiculous. Have you seen me twirl a stick?


I am dismayed by this decision. I am hurt.


No, not that hurt. I’m not going to harm myself or anything. God.


I just think you’re making a mistake. I have a lot to offer besides great hair and perfect abs. I’m a very versatile actor. Have you seen my O-face?


Here’s my deep introspection face.


I can even play the drums. ON MY HEAD. Can Charming Potato do that? No, I didn’t think so.


But look. I get it. Potato-man is the flavor of the month. You gotta go with the hot hand, even if he’s not, maybe, as talented and multi-faceted as I am. But, look: do you need, like, maybe a guy that can do an impersonation of a slow-moving lizard, because I can do that, too.


I just think you’re going to want me around. Because two years from now, you’re going to miss me.


More importantly, you’re going to miss this.


Look at me for fuck’s sake. COME ON. These abs were born to play Gambit. You’re making a terrible mistake? And now you’re just going to throw me into the superhero trash bin with Ryan Reynolds and Brandon Routh?

You know what? F**k you guys. I don’t need this. I’ve been talking to some people over at Disney. Some very important people who work in, like, the maintenance department. And we’re going resurrect John Carter. We’re going to get a sequel going. And it’s going to be awesome.



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  • Sean

    To be fair, this is probably not the first time that Kistch lost a role to the Potato. Also, I am sure that Kistch will get to discuss it when Channing visits whatever resturant that Taylor will be working in shortly.

  • hapl0

    If it will bring in the chicks so they can make more money to keep the movies coming then I don't mind Charming Potato standing around playing with his staff while McAvoy and Sir Patrick chew the shit out the scene again and again.

  • Nathan Convey

    Taylor Kitsch was really good in FNL. And nothing else since.

  • e jerry powell

    One slab of meat for another slab of meat. It's enough to make me seriously consider vegetarianism at this point.

    No, seriously, I am too old for this. Anybody born after I started junior high, I suddenly need caffeine.

  • stella

    They should both play Gambit and just switch off throughout the movie.

  • I know I may catch flak for this but...I like Charming. I used to hate him, but he's grown on me. Not saying Taylor should have been replaced, but um, Dustin...abs are fine and all, but I like a man who can move.


  • Gambit was always the lamest and cheesiest X-Man so I always figured Taylor Kitsch was the perfect actor to play him. I think Tatum might be better served being cast as Madrox, or possibly Shatterstar if we want to drag some good ol' '90's Liefeld X-Force up in here.

  • Salieri2

    Bring on the pouches!!

  • And tiny, oddly-shaped feet!

  • Salieri2

    And the impossible spines!

    Oh, I'm gonna have to go read this again.


  • That's comedy gold and take sme back to an unfortunate period in my youth.

  • Salieri2


    Nothing sells comic books in 1991 like a dude in a billowy silk shirt and some swords! Well he’s kind of, I dunno, either jumping in for some kinda Jody Fleisch seated dropkick or getting punched by Juggernaut. Check out his cape just coming straight out of the back of his head. Liefeld picks that fucked-up pose and everything seems to be going well (as far as Liefeld goes), then he gets to the feet and sort of panics. "GAH I’ll just draw an elongated Pac-Man and a kidney bean."

    Check out Spider-Man swinging in on a jungle vine. Jesus Christ Liefeld drew a dog’s hindquarters on him. Just straight-up a dog’s ass and legs.
  • PerpetualIntern

    Hot damn.

  • Irina

    I totally though one of the female writers posted this, then I scrolled back up and saw Dustin's name. And now it makes even more sense.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Going back to figgy era 2009 Eloquent Eloquence for this one and a reference to Dustin's obsession with Ryan Reynolds:

    You're a weird kind of heterosexual - Candie

  • LaineyBobainey

    Omygoodness, that was the one EE I did! Huh. Good times, good times.

  • Irina

    Ah, the good old days :)
    I miss Pookie.

  • MrsAtaxxia

    I'm sorry were we talking about something? Cause 33 up there is slow blinking at me and...yeah. Ughhh. Texas Forever y'all.

  • LaineyBobainey

    "I just like to hurt people." - Tim Riggins


  • zeke_the_pig

    Huh. I reckon it might work. It's not like we can mourn the loss of that amazingly written and well acted Gambit in Origins. Plus the Potato's proven himself over the past few years.

  • Mrs. Julien

    In the best possible way, this post fills the Joanna Robinson shaped hole in my Pajiba heart.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    In my mind the perfect Gambit film would have been essentially a remake of Wong Kar Wai's Fallen Angels shot in the same vein in New Orleans.

    But, much like Aronofsky's aborted Wolverine project, it will never take off. A man can dream.

  • Some Guy

    I know I'm going to catch some flack for this, but Gambit is a weak character and the best incarnation of him will always be the FOX cartoon.

    What I want to know is when/if they're ever going to give us a proper Cyclops character that A)isn't a child, and B)Doesn't spend a movie crying like one.

  • Strand

    Didn't mind him as Gambit. Just... what a shitty, sorry movie that was. I watched it again with some buddies late last year and had a good laugh at the the infamous 'ladder cutting' effect.

  • Kala

    This casting decision feels very odd (I dig me some Charming Potato, but as Gambit?), but Taylor Kitsch has a smugness that I can't abide. I'm probably a weirdo and this will be poorly worded, but men who that sexually self-aware are a turnoff. Kitsch has a prettiness that's on par with a Thomas Kincade painting, so I'm not the least bit sad about the recasting.

    That last GIF made me snort-laugh like a mofo, though.

  • ingridgrid

    Thank you! He's not only smug, but, he only has one facial expressions.

  • BigSpain

    But that facial expression is so pretty...

  • ed newman

    From one poor choice to another. This is the guy who should be Gambit:

    Michael Raymond-James

    We know he can do Cajun (True Blood), and we know he is awesome (Terriers)

  • Kala


  • Jessica

    Ohh! He'd be great! I hate the thought of Channing Tatum as Gambit.

  • LaineyBobainey


  • Teerace20

    That second-to-last GIF is...gonna be problematic for me today.

  • Guest

    Seriously? This guy is going to be Gambit?


    *If they need a guy who looked like T.K. for continuity purposes I'm sure Barry Watson (who I always thoughtt was T.K.) is available.


  • JJ

    But wouldn't it be nice to have someone that can possibly pull off Cajun?


  • NateMan

    Yeah, it's terrible physical casting. Just awful.

  • NateMan

    Am I the only one who thought John Carter was a perfectly serviceable popcorn flick?

    Man was he a terrible Gambit. But he did look the part better than Potato.

  • Dave Dorris

    I thought John Carter was fine until he started jumping like 400 feet. Mars it 1/3 Earth gravity. His vertical should be 9 ft, tops.

  • Classic

    Stop using logic!

  • Lee

    I just don't get the extreme John Carter hate. I thought it was fun, and I liked Taylor in it, though he and Potato are pretty interchangeable in my book. Poor Kitchy :(

  • foolsage

    John Carter wasn't all that bad. The writers ruined the franchise by (fairly literally) trying to stuff three books' worth of story into the first installment, though. Frankly, the acting, direction, and cinematography were all pretty good; not wonderful, but certainly much better than that wretched amalgam of a script.

  • PDamian

    I watched John Carter on an iPad on a cross-country flight. It did make the trip go more quickly, I'll say that much. And yet, I can't remember much about his performance, or about Gambit in X-Men: I Forget Which One, or Water Transformers: On HBO All The Frickin' Time. Kitsch seems to have made a career of starring in giant, failed blockbusters. Seems appropriate, given his last name.

  • TK

    Perfectly serviceable, yes.

    Completely forgettable? Also yes.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Like a handjob from a hooker with beige wallpaper for skin.

  • TK

    I dunno man, that seems like it'd be pretty memorable.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Sorry I meant to say: 'Like the third handjob in a row from a hooker with beige wallpaper for skin.'

  • L.O.V.E.

    My god man, three in a row from wallpaper skin? I don't know if I should be impressed or saddened. The fear of chaffing and paper cuts alone would cap me at one time.

    Have you not heard about grapefruiting?


  • zeke_the_pig

    Grapefruiting is a great follow-up to wallpapering. For those times when your dick has insulted your mother (we've all been there) and you need that extra special punishment for it.

  • Lord Inferno

    I've been trying to think of some witty way to respond to this grapefruiting thing. I can't, it just disturbs me, I just... *runs away crying* WHY?!

  • zeke_the_pig

    That's a good, healthy reaction.

  • Skyler Durden

    My boyfriend loves it. Owns a copy for Christ's sake.

    Personally, I find it borderline unwatchable.

  • JustOP

    I thought it was enjoyable. I also thought The Lone Ranger was pretty good, in the same vein.

  • llp

    John Carter was super fun, I thought. I also think Taylor Kitsch is phenomenally hot, but I am not sure that makes him a good Gambit, although I am not excited about Charming Potato. I would rather see him in some more comedies, but that is just me.

  • NateMan

    Like Archer says, Gambit is the 'gayest X-Man'. Super hot is one of the few things he needs to be.

  • llp

    Kitsch is the super hot Gambit of my heart. Heartpants. Pants Gambit.

    I am sorry NateMan - I took that to a low, low place.

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