Here’s Why Channing Tatum’s Role in ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Wasn’t Bigger

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle spoilers ahead.

When it was announced that Channing Tatum would be on board the sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, fans were understandably pretty pumped at the thought of the actor taking on a decent-sized role in the action franchise.

The actor’s performance was even hyped at Comic-Con, where Tatum himself revealed that his character would have a somewhat peculiar weapon: a lasso. That’s right, Tatum was originally meant to have the lasso, the weapon that in the film belongs to Pedro Pascal’s character, Whiskey.

In an interview with THR, franchise lead Taron Egerton confirmed that there was a bit of a switch up that took place due to Tatum’s scheduling conflicts. Tatum was originally meant to have a bigger part, but when he couldn’t accomodate the film’s schedule, a few big changes were in order: Pascal’s Whiskey, who is revealed to be a double-crossing baddie later in the film, was given the lasso, and Tatum’s character got to spend most of the film frozen.

“There was a shift of sorts,” Egerton said. “There was some changing because of Channing’s schedule. The thing is that the script is constantly in flux.”

The film has Tatum’s Tequila fall victim to a toxin delivered by Julianne Moore’s villainess, Poppy, leaving his team with no choice but to freeze him in order to keep him alive. So, Tatum fans were given a fun bit with the actor early in the film, and then nothing really until towards the end, when he recovers and rejoins the Statesmen.

The ending leaves the door wide open for Tatum to return, and Egerton’s teasing as much. “I know the next storyline… But what the fuck can I say? Not much.”

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is in cinemas now. Our review can be found HERE.

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