Channing Tatum as Captain America?

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In just a few short years, Channing Tatum has been in tons of big Hollywood movies, most of them as the leading man, but I swear I don’t know anyone who even knows who he is. That may actually work in his favor if he continues to promote himself as a viable candidate to play Captain America in “The First Avenger: Captain America” (seriously, they need to just call this thing either “Captain America” or “The First Avenger”, using both is just clunky).

Speaking to MTV, Channing talks about that stale rumor from ways back that had Will Smith as a contender for the role, but adds that he wouldn’t mind playing the role himself if it doesn’t work out for Smith.

“I would love to play Captain America,” Tatum explained in no uncertain terms. “I actually really, really would love it.”

“I love Captain America. I’m not a big aficionado on him,” he added. “But I know who we was, and I like him as a character.”

He’s basically playing a Captain America type already in the upcoming “G.I. Joe” movie, so slipping on some tights wouldn’t be too much of a stretch. Plus, the guy has the physique and physicality to pull off the role, and like I said, he’s just unknown, but known enough to front a major franchise.

Plus, Tatum is about the right age to build a franchise around. Yeah, I could definitely see it happening. Makes more sense than Will Smith as Captain America, anyway…

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  • z0r1n

    I bet this caracther won’t get that much worldwide succes just because of his name…

  • z0r1n

    I bet this caracther won’t get that much worldwide succes just because of his name…

  • Book T.

    Neil Fifer http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1292175/ is the best choice for Captain America (by far)! 6′ / 250lbs. Light Blue eyes. Cleft chin… etc. etc. etc. Captain America isn’t just a ‘pretty boy’… he IS a Super Soldier. Ex-Models with pencil necks like ‘Channing’ (lol) aren’t going to match this character. HOPEFULLY Feige and Campbell will do this Leader of the Avengers job right when they cast it!

  • Book T.

    Neil Fifer http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1292175/ is the best choice for Captain America (by far)! 6′ / 250lbs. Light Blue eyes. Cleft chin… etc. etc. etc. Captain America isn’t just a ‘pretty boy’… he IS a Super Soldier. Ex-Models with pencil necks like ‘Channing’ (lol) aren’t going to match this character. HOPEFULLY Feige and Campbell will do this Leader of the Avengers job right when they cast it!

  • ulik

    You have to get a well known actor who is repsected and loved internationally to be able to sell a Captain America movie. I’d like to see an unknown do it but it just won’t work because it is TOO risky let alone being risky enough as it is with any actor. America is’nt liked a whole lot around the world and Cap isn’t as popular as Batman or Superman, so an unknown won’t work just yet. After Cap is made internationally popular like what happened with Iron Man, then in about 5-10 years, an unknown can be cast in future movies. Brad Pitt is the only actor that could sell Captain America domestically and internationally and do a excellent job at it. People need to quit with the “He’s too old stuff because if thats the case then RDJ is too old too. Watch “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button” and you’ll see that the age thing isn’t a problem plus Brad stays in great shape. The only unknown should be for Thor but Giant Man/Ant Man can’t be an unknown either I think that Leonardo DiCaprio is the best man for that role. Watch the Aviator.

    • runtz

      are you a retard? brad pitt is too big of a star to be capt. Everyone would be more focus on brad pitt than on capt. Besides brad pitt doesnt have the “look” and “feel” needed to play captain america. And saying that the film needs a famous actor is ridiculous. The only way for this movie to sell well, is for someone to fit the role of capt america perfectly, and for the ad companies to hype it up.. no need for fancy stars

  • ulik

    You have to get a well known actor who is repsected and loved internationally to be able to sell a Captain America movie. I’d like to see an unknown do it but it just won’t work because it is TOO risky let alone being risky enough as it is with any actor. America is’nt liked a whole lot around the world and Cap isn’t as popular as Batman or Superman, so an unknown won’t work just yet. After Cap is made internationally popular like what happened with Iron Man, then in about 5-10 years, an unknown can be cast in future movies. Brad Pitt is the only actor that could sell Captain America domestically and internationally and do a excellent job at it. People need to quit with the “He’s too old stuff because if thats the case then RDJ is too old too. Watch “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button” and you’ll see that the age thing isn’t a problem plus Brad stays in great shape. The only unknown should be for Thor but Giant Man/Ant Man can’t be an unknown either I think that Leonardo DiCaprio is the best man for that role. Watch the Aviator.

    • runtz

      are you a retard? brad pitt is too big of a star to be capt. Everyone would be more focus on brad pitt than on capt. Besides brad pitt doesnt have the “look” and “feel” needed to play captain america. And saying that the film needs a famous actor is ridiculous. The only way for this movie to sell well, is for someone to fit the role of capt america perfectly, and for the ad companies to hype it up.. no need for fancy stars

  • Erik

    Okay, as a huge Captain America fan, I have some say on this.
    First of all, after checking out that link, Neil Fifer does seem that he could fit the role physically, but I’ve never seen him act so I can’t say whether or not he’d be great for it.
    Channing Tatum could not pull of Captain America. He’s a kid, and he’s been in too many “I’m white but I still talk shit and can dance” movies to pull this off correctly. Yes, he’s in GI Joe, but how he performs is still to be seen. He’s too young, and its not his style, plus he doesn’t look the part.
    Brad Pitt, eh. I don’t know if Brad could pull it off. From an acting standpoint, yes, he could do very well, but he just doesn’t seem to have it all for me. I don’t know, Brad Pitt seems like too much of a rich, goody guy to play the greatest hero who ever lived.
    My two picks? Patrick Wilson. Check him out, he played Raoul on Phantom of the Opera and Night Owl in Watchmen. He’s got the looks, he just needs to buff up a little, and he’s a great actor. My second pick is Sam Worthington. He plays Marcus Wright (The new terminator) in Terminator Salvation. Dye his hair blond and you’ve got a guy who is built right, and who knows what he’s doing on camera

    • spydernyne983

      Sam Worthington. VERY fine choice! had not even considered sam, but now that you mention him, he has the gritty acting skill and physical presence to pull off the part of Cap.

  • Erik

    Okay, as a huge Captain America fan, I have some say on this.
    First of all, after checking out that link, Neil Fifer does seem that he could fit the role physically, but I’ve never seen him act so I can’t say whether or not he’d be great for it.
    Channing Tatum could not pull of Captain America. He’s a kid, and he’s been in too many “I’m white but I still talk shit and can dance” movies to pull this off correctly. Yes, he’s in GI Joe, but how he performs is still to be seen. He’s too young, and its not his style, plus he doesn’t look the part.
    Brad Pitt, eh. I don’t know if Brad could pull it off. From an acting standpoint, yes, he could do very well, but he just doesn’t seem to have it all for me. I don’t know, Brad Pitt seems like too much of a rich, goody guy to play the greatest hero who ever lived.
    My two picks? Patrick Wilson. Check him out, he played Raoul on Phantom of the Opera and Night Owl in Watchmen. He’s got the looks, he just needs to buff up a little, and he’s a great actor. My second pick is Sam Worthington. He plays Marcus Wright (The new terminator) in Terminator Salvation. Dye his hair blond and you’ve got a guy who is built right, and who knows what he’s doing on camera

    • spydernyne983

      Sam Worthington. VERY fine choice! had not even considered sam, but now that you mention him, he has the gritty acting skill and physical presence to pull off the part of Cap.

  • ulik

    Hey Erik I respect your point but you have to remember that whoever is cast as Captain America has to be able to hold his own on screen against some heavy hitters. If they cast an unknown and Robert Downey Jr. outshines him, its over. You will have a sh*&ty ass Captain America. Look at what happened in “Tropic Thunder”, RDJ stole the show!!. So you have to be careful, Captain America commands leadership and everyone looks up to him, there has to be great chemistry with these actors or it won’t work. Captain America is hardly known within the U.S. let alone internationally. Picking an unknown defininately won’t help international sales. So let Cap get established first like how RDJ with Iron Man, then we can move on to an unknown in the future. I would love to see a “Mcguiver/24esque” Captain America T.V. series after the movie. Then we could see cameos like The Falcon,U.S. Agent, Crossbones, Taskmaster,etc.

  • ulik

    Hey Erik I respect your point but you have to remember that whoever is cast as Captain America has to be able to hold his own on screen against some heavy hitters. If they cast an unknown and Robert Downey Jr. outshines him, its over. You will have a sh*&ty ass Captain America. Look at what happened in “Tropic Thunder”, RDJ stole the show!!. So you have to be careful, Captain America commands leadership and everyone looks up to him, there has to be great chemistry with these actors or it won’t work. Captain America is hardly known within the U.S. let alone internationally. Picking an unknown defininately won’t help international sales. So let Cap get established first like how RDJ with Iron Man, then we can move on to an unknown in the future. I would love to see a “Mcguiver/24esque” Captain America T.V. series after the movie. Then we could see cameos like The Falcon,U.S. Agent, Crossbones, Taskmaster,etc.