The Ragin' Cajun
|Appeared in||X-Men Origins: Wolverine|
- "If I learned anything in my life it's this: Always play the hand you're dealt. My name is Gambit. And I play for keeps."
Remy LeBeau, also known as Gambit, is a mutant who possesses the ability to charge matter with explosive bio-kinetic energy. Playing cards are his weapon of choice.
Gambit was a former prisoner of William Stryker for 2 years, who was dubbed "Gambit" from his guards as he kept beating them in poker. After two years he managed to escape the facility. He was later confronted by Wolverine, who wanted to know where Stryker's base was in order to destroy it. Gambit, mistakenly believing he was an agent of the program sent to recapture him, attacked Logan and blasted him through the wall of the bar with a barrage of kinetically-charged playing cards. Shortly after he interrupted a fight between Wolverine and Sabretooth, inadvertently letting Sabretooth escape and robbing Wolverine of his revenge.
After Wolverine defeats him, Gambit sees he is sincere and flies him to Stryker's base. At the conclusion, Gambit briefly returns to his side, and, after Wolverine's memories are lost, tells him his 'name' Logan. He offers to help get Logan and Kayla Silverfox's body off the island, but Logan turns him down, stating he can find his own way.
LeBeau's name appeared on a list of mutants on Col. Stryker's computer when it was accessed by Mystique.
Remy is a thief and a gambler, but possesses a personal sense of honor; which makes him the most loyal of allies.
Powers and Abilities
- Mutant Physiology: Gambit is a very powerful mutant with the ability to charge kinetic energy; whenever he uses or is about to use his powers, Gambit's eyes glow red.
- Kinetic Energy Conversion: Gambit can charge any object with kinetic energy giving them explosive properties; for example, he prefers using playing cards or a short staff called a bo-staff.
- Expert Hand-To-Hand Combatant: Gambit is quite skilled in hand-to-hand combat, using a unique style that combines his acrobatic skills to his explosive powers.
- Expert Card-Thrower: Gambit is able to throw playing cards at his opponent(s) with great proficiency.
- Expert Stick Fighter: Gambit can proficiently wield a bo-staff.
- Expert Acrobat: Gambit is an expert acrobat, capable of feats such as parkour and free running.
- Playing cards: Gambit can proficiently use playing cards as improvised weapons when he combines them with his kinetic energy; giving them explosive properties, although Gambit usually prefers to use playing cards when he is gambling.
- Expandable Batons: Gambit uses a pair of expandable batons to fight. They are able to combine into a bo-staff; Gambit can also combine his batons or bo-staff with his kinetic energy.
- Earth-10005 (1 film)
Behind the scenes
- An early leaked script suggested that Gambit would be included in X-Men: The Last Stand as a minor character. Also, an interview with producer Lauren Shuler Donner reveals that Channing Tatum auditioned for the role, before the character being cut, Josh Holloway was offered the role but declined it due to scheduling conflicts on Lost. In an interview with Wizard magazine, former WWE professional wrestler Gregory 'The Hurricane' Helms said that he had planned to read for the part before the change of producers and director. Tatum will now be portraying him in either X-Men: Apocalypse or a Gambit solo film.
- Spider-Man actor James Franco auditioned for the role of Gambit.
- When Bryan Singer was still slated to direct the third installment of the X-Men film series, the role of Gambit was intended for Keanu Reeves.
- Before Taylor Kitsch was cast, his Friday Night Lights co-star Scott Porter auditioned for the part.
- Channing Tatum was set to feature as Gambit in his own solo film but it was cancelled after the Disney/Fox merger.
- In the X2: X-Men United novelization, Gambit is playing with cards in New Orleans when he's hit by Dark Cerebro. While falling to the ground, he accidentally makes the table explode.
- In the X-Men: The Last Stand novelization, Gambit appears in the end as a new student of the Xavier Institute.
- The movie version of Gambit from X-Men Origins: Wolverine is more similar to his Ultimate counterpart than to the classic one.
- In the Brotherhood of Mutants in X-Men: The Last Stand, there's a mutant who looks similar to Gambit, leaving some fans in doubt.