Popping up in the UK to promote his “Colony” series, former “Lost” favorite Josh Holloway has confirmed that a long standing bit of fan casting was almost true at one point. It turns out that he came very close to playing cajun mutant Gambit in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”.
Speaking with Digital Spy, Holloway revealed that he was actually cast as Remy LeBeau/Gambit before ultimately being replaced by “Friday Night Lights” alum Taylor Kitsch when the studio wanted to go with a younger actor:
“I actually screen-tested with Hugh Jackman. It was amazing – they said, ‘You’re it, you’re the guy, you’re Gambit!’ and they shook my hand. Then [the studio head] said, ‘I want someone really young, like that kid in High School Musical!’, so there I went.”
Holloway also admits that though he’s got the U.S. southern accent down, he’s “terrible at the Cajun accent”. Kitsch only played the role once, while a solo “Gambit” film remains in the works with Channing Tatum in the lead – that project’s fate is expected to be in limbo until specifics surrounding the Disney-Fox deal are solidified.