Channing Tatum Slams ‘G.I. Joe’: ‘I Hate That Movie’

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Did you dislike “G.I. Joe”? Don’t worry — its star, Channing Tatum, did too.

In an interview with Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radioshow Tuesday morning, Tatum revealed that he wasn’t a fan of one of his first big leading roles, “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.” He said contract with Paramount forced him to do it, and he still doesn’t look back on it fondly.

“Look, I’ll be honest. I f–king hate that movie. I hate that movie,” Tatum said of the 2009 tentpole. “I was pushed into doing that movie … [After] ‘Coach Carter,’ they signed me for a three-picture deal … And as a young [actor], you’re like, ‘Oh my god, that sounds amazing, I’m doing that!'”

The “Magic Mike XXL” actor revealed, however, that as he got older and wanted to pursuit other roles, the studio called him about doing “G.I. Joe,” and even then, he wasn’t crazy about the idea. Tatum said he was a big fan of the fictional solider growing up, and didn’t want to taint the character. He even revealed that he wanted to play Snake Eyes, a role that would go to Ray Park.

“The script wasn’t any good,” Tatum went on. “I didn’t want to do something that I thought was 1) bad, and 2) I just didn’t know if I wanted to be G.I. Joe.”

Though the blockbuster made $302 million worldwide, it was mostly panned by critics. In its review, Variety said “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra” “interrupts its barrage of CGI action for only the barest minimum of anything resembling character development.”

Still, Tatum acknowledged that the movie, which certainly boosted Tatum’s star power at the time, could have been worse.

“I could have been given… I don’t know, ‘Scream 5,'” he said. “I’m super lucky and blessed to have been given that film. That was really not all that bad. [But you have] no option. ‘You’re doing this or we’re gonna sue you.'”

“G.I. Joe” isn’t the only movie Tatum’s feeling reflective about in his “Magic Mike XXL” press tour. During his Reddit AMA last week, when a commenter asked, “What was that?” about last year’s “Jupiter Ascending,” Tatum replied, “Good question. I have the same one myself.”

Listen to the “G.I. Joe” portion of the interview below.

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  1. Deb says:

    So he’s more proud of a movie about a stripper than one where he fights to save the world?
    I couldn’t stand Magic Mike (any of them), any guy with a body could do that one. I loved GI Joe: Retaliation. That one took talent and a lot more than shaking his tallywacker. LOL

  2. Phil says:

    Well he wanted to “pursuit” other roles

  3. J says:

    He hated it so much he did the sequel.

  4. Christian says:

    How dare he slam the fictional scream 5 haha

  5. hornacek says:

    It’s GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, not Rise of the Cobra.

  6. Richard says:

    Never read the comic or watched the cartoon and while it may not be a great movie bad dialogue cheesy special effects but more than any movie including Ang Lee’s Hulk G.I. Joe actually recreates the giddy experience of being a young boy reading a comic book. Colorful characters.. ridiculously evil villains…misunderstood feme fatale …wicked weapons..world spanning action …world wide threat …over cooked overly dramatic seat of your pants plot …and the scene that had me …the elevator ride down thru every over the top level of the Joe headquarters..just like the wonderful diagrams in the comics . Great FILM …No …but check your brain at the door and it’s tons of fun.

  7. Adam says:

    Talk about first world problems. Complaining about being paid a couple of million to work on a film for a few weeks.

  8. IT 2 IT says:

    Franchise slum Hollywood- – —is OVER.

  9. I don’t get why actors who make money and and gain fame from certain movies feel the need to bash the movie afterwords. Why not just keep it to yourself and be thankful for what it did bring you?

    Paul Rudd has talked bad about Halloween 6 but it brought him fans who have stuck with him ever since he played the grown up Tommy Doyle. Was it a great movie? No but it led him to better roles and helped build a fan base for him.

    Nice knock at the Scream series. Sure they made too many but all the Scream movies are better than 75% of what he has done.

  10. Lex says:

    Yes, when the world needs to be saved by one of the Wayans Brothers, you know something is wrong. I’d say the first one looks almost decent compared to the second and Snake Eyes was the very best thing about the first.

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