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.”
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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.