X-Men: Chris Hemsworth Was 'Very Close' to Playing Gambit

While he's best known for playing Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chris Hemsworth is no stranger to playing a superhero. However, one role the actor almost landed was that of X-Men member Gambit in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

In an interview with Variety, Hemsworth spoke about the lost roles in his career, one of them being Duke in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. “I got very close to G.I. Joe," Hemsworth began. “I got very close to Gambit in the Wolverine X-Men movies.” However, the roles of Duke and Gambit ended up being played by Channing Tatum and Taylor Kitsch respectively, which hurt Hemsworth.

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“At the time I was upset,” he continued. “I was running out of money. But if I played either of those characters, I wouldn’t have been able to play Thor.”

While Hemsworth may have been an unlikely choice to play Gambit, things did eventually work out for him when he got the part of the God of Thunder, a role he has played since 2011. Now, with the X-Men on their way to the MCU in the future, fans can only hope to see Hemsworth and whoever plays Gambit in the films share some scenes together.

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Chris Hemsworth currently appears as Thor in Avengers: Endgame. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film also stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is in theaters now.

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