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Hugh Jackman "thrilled" Channing Tatum's joining X-Men franchise

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 01:30

Actor Hugh Jackman, who is currently promoting ''X-Men: Days of Future Past'' in Singapore, hopes new X-Men role will give Channing Tatum a ''big break''. Kathi Urban reports.

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News has it that Hollywood heathrob Channing Tatum's set to join the X-Men family in the form of superhero Gambit AND he's getting his own spin-off. Gambit would only be the second X-Men character to get his own film, after Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. Jackman who is currently promoting the new X-Men movie in Singapore is excited for Tatum. However when asked about the new recruit he couldn't resist making a few jokes about the dance movies on Tatum's CV. SOUNDBITE: Australian Actor Hugh Jackman, saying (English): "I'm thrilled for Channing (Tatum). I've never heard of him. He's an up and coming actor is he? So it's a great..." Peter Dinklage, saying (English): "He's a dancer." Jackman, saying (English): "He's a dancer yeah. But it's a great break for him. I too was unknown when I did it. So I hope it does big things for him." FILM CLIP In "X-Men: Days of Future Past" Jackman's Wolverine is once again tasked to help ensure the survival of both humans and mutants. It's the seventh time the actor has slipped into the role, and he's far from growing tired of it: SOUNDBITE: Australian Actor Hugh Jackman, saying (English): "The first movie I did in America was X-Men. I've been working in Australia , but this was the first thing I'd ever done. And it completely changed my life, obviously and it continues to. It is a role that I am so grateful to have and people. People ask me all the time when I'm going to give it up and it's a very hard thing to imagine because it is very close to me, it feels like part of who I am." Jackman was joined by two of his co-stars, "Game of Thrones" actor Peter Dinklage and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing at the press event on Thursday. The three are now off to Jackman's native Australia, where the film will premiere on Friday (May 16).

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Hugh Jackman "thrilled" Channing Tatum's joining X-Men franchise

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 01:30