Channing Tatum is one of the most recognizable stars on the planet right now. After showing initial promise through an array of diverse roles in films like Coach Carter and A Guide to Recognising Your Saints, he gained wider popularity with the hit dance flick Step Up. But he became a household name only after his turn as Duke in GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, a movie that he has now, with great ferocity, spoken out against.
During an interview with Howard Stern while out promoting his upcoming sequel Magic Mike XXL, Tatum, in a moment of unguarded honesty lashed out against the GI Joe movie.
“Look, I’ll be honest. I f*****g hate that movie. I hate that movie,” he said. “I was pushed into doing that movie. From Coach Carter, they signed me to a three-picture deal … They give you the contract and they go, ‘Three-picture deal, here you go.’ And as a young [actor], you’re like, ‘Oh my god, that sounds amazing, I’m doing that!’ Time goes by and you get other jobs and you’re building your quote and you have a dream job you want to do. And … the studio calls up and they’re like, ‘Hey, we got a movie for you, we’re going to send it to you.’ And they send it to you, and it’s GI Joe.'"
“And I love GI Joe: ‘Can I play Snake Eyes?’ And they’re like, ‘No, you’re not playing Snake Eyes, you’re playing GI Joe,’” he continued.
“The script wasn’t any good … And I didn’t want to do something that I … was a fan of since I was a kid and watched every morning growing up — and didn’t want to do something that was, one, bad and, two, I just didn’t know if I wanted to be GI Joe.”
The 80’s cartoon introduced the Joes to a much wider audience than they had ever had before. And after Tatum had signed on, in true Hollywood fashion for multiple films, they made him honour that contract.
When the star tried to wiggle his way out of it, they said “No option: ‘You’re doing this or we’re gonna sue you.’”
When Stern points out that both the GI Joe films have been very successful at the box-office, earning more than $300 million each, Tatum seems to realise that he may have overstepped just a little bit.
“I could have been given ... Scream 5, or something where I would have been like, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this,’” he backtracked. “I’m super lucky and blessed to have been given that film that was really not all that bad.”
GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra was indeed a pretty bad film. Even Joseph Gordon Levitt somehow managed to avoid appearing in the sequel (he played Cobra Commander in the first movie). But before you start feeling bad for poor Channing for his horrible experience, know that he was named one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood in 2013 and is now starring in a Coen Brothers’ movie.
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