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2 more Joes

12.20.2007
Following Rachel Nichols and Lee Byung-Hun in to GI JOE, are Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko on 'Lost') and Said Taghmaoui (who wins the prize for first name I ever heard to have four different vowels in a row). Some of you might not recognise Taghmaoui, but he has been in I HEART HUCKABEES, THREE KINGS, and more recently, he was the dude who promises Val Kilmer some hot young broad in SPARTAN. Here's the plot of the film: a European-based military unit known as Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity (G.I.J.O.E.), a hi-tech, international force of special operatives takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer. Although god knows what that means, since that was the same basic plot of the 1987 animated movie, and that thing ended up being about reptilian aliens, a broadcast energy transmitter, Serpentor being a huge douchebag, and a bunch of freaky little dudes that run around and shout 'lalalalala'. Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play 'Heavy Duty' (ordnance expert) and Taghmaoui will play 'Breaker' (communications).
Extra Tidbit: This is actually really interesting (if you're a geek like me): the GI Joe and Transformers animated movies were both being produced by the same company, who had agreed that both lead characters would die in their respective movies. However, the Transformers movie opened first and was criticised for allowing Prime to die, and in response to this, the writers changed Duke's death (in GI Joe) to a coma instead. Therefore, had the GI Joe movie come out first, perhaps the single most important moment of my childhood; the death of Optimus Prime, may never have happened!

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