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Channing Tatum doesn't mince words, "f**king hates" G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra

06.23.2015

Whatever our thoughts about Channing Tatum may have been in the past, it's hard to deny that the actor has definitely stepped up his game in the last few years; but for a while there, Tatum was simply that guy from G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA. Tatum stopped by The Howard Stern Show and revealed how he felt about the film that helped shoot him in stardom.

Look, I’ll be honest. I f–king hate that movie. I hate that movie, I was pushed into doing that movie. From Coach Carter, they signed me to a three-picture deal […] I'm sitting there and 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!"

Channing Tatum played Duke in G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA but the actor, who watched the original show every morning while he was growing up, revealed that he would much rather have played Snake-Eyes instead of Duke.

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 was right during the writer's strike and it's G.I. Joe, and I'm like "I love G.I. Joe, can I play Snake-Eyes?" and they're like "no, not playing Snake-Eyes, you're playing Duke." [...] The script wasn’t any good, 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.

Despite the harsh words Channing Tatum admitted that he was "super lucky and blessed to have been given that film." While G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA will never be mistaken for quality cinema, I do recall it being a fairly entertaining albeit forgettable piece of entertainment. Channing Tatum returned to his role of Duke (briefly) in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION and a third film is still in the works. No word on if they'll be able to lure Tatum back for a third time as Duke.

Like Tatum, do you "f**king hate" G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, or does the film not offend you quite that much?

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9:46AM on 06/24/2015

It's never a good idea to s**t on your meal ticket

as Katherine Hiegl learned the hard way. Channing Tatum knew what he was getting into (a fat paycheque, and a 3-picture deal), which is far more than 99% of working actors could ever hope to achieve. No one's saying the G.I. JOE movies were Shakespeare, but you don't burn bridges in Hollywood.
as Katherine Hiegl learned the hard way. Channing Tatum knew what he was getting into (a fat paycheque, and a 3-picture deal), which is far more than 99% of working actors could ever hope to achieve. No one's saying the G.I. JOE movies were Shakespeare, but you don't burn bridges in Hollywood.
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11:52AM on 06/24/2015
That's why Channing was smart enough to say this years later. Katherine did it when the movie was in theatres.
That's why Channing was smart enough to say this years later. Katherine did it when the movie was in theatres.
11:52AM on 06/24/2015
True, but Channing Tatum's not an up-and-coming actor anymore. And he was on Howard Stern. The man's working with Soderbergh, Bennett Miller, Tarantino, Bryan Singer, and Lord and Miller, and each of them has more talent in their little toe than Stephen Sommers.

Besides, he didn't say shit about Retaliation, just Rise of Cobra.
True, but Channing Tatum's not an up-and-coming actor anymore. And he was on Howard Stern. The man's working with Soderbergh, Bennett Miller, Tarantino, Bryan Singer, and Lord and Miller, and each of them has more talent in their little toe than Stephen Sommers.

Besides, he didn't say shit about Retaliation, just Rise of Cobra.
5:24PM on 06/24/2015
Shut up being a preachy twat
Shut up being a preachy twat
9:39AM on 06/24/2015
I can agree with him on that. The movie sucked.
I can agree with him on that. The movie sucked.
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7:20AM on 06/24/2015

It shows

You know what, Channing? I fucking hate YOU for help ruining a childhood love of mine.
You know what, Channing? I fucking hate YOU for help ruining a childhood love of mine.
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1:23AM on 06/24/2015

"I hate that movie, I was pushed into doing that movie."

As a young, working actor myself, I lost a lot of respect for him with that statement. "A studio wants to put me in the lead of a potential franchise, aka job security. Oh, poor me."
As a young, working actor myself, I lost a lot of respect for him with that statement. "A studio wants to put me in the lead of a potential franchise, aka job security. Oh, poor me."
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11:36PM on 06/23/2015

Snake Eyes would have been the better role for him

Wow...for a while I hated or rather disliked Tanning Scrotum for a while.....especially that they chose him as Duke......but to hear him say he alohated that role......makes me open up to him a bit.....and boy I think he definitely fits the role of Snake Eyes much better.....although he would have had to learn some serious Martial Arts moves.
And dont get me started on the pathetic choice of placing aKorean Actor to play a Japanese Storm Shadow...boy did that piss me off... He looks more like
Wow...for a while I hated or rather disliked Tanning Scrotum for a while.....especially that they chose him as Duke......but to hear him say he alohated that role......makes me open up to him a bit.....and boy I think he definitely fits the role of Snake Eyes much better.....although he would have had to learn some serious Martial Arts moves.
And dont get me started on the pathetic choice of placing aKorean Actor to play a Japanese Storm Shadow...boy did that piss me off... He looks more like a pretty boy than a ninja.
Tanning Scrotum for Snake Eyes in a Reboot please.
And they should create a bigger universe by bringing them together with the Transformers....like in the comics.
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10:48PM on 06/23/2015
Exactly, fun for what they were and I'm one of those hard core Joes who would just wish they would do a Marvel Comic version. It can be a military/spec op version combining like an X-Men type film and still have plenty of characters to create a cinematic universe. It wouldn't make near the money MCU does, but if done right it could be loads of fun and possible kickstart interest among a new generation.
Ah, who am I kidding...it sucks and Hollywood will keep fuckin' it up a la Transformers.
Exactly, fun for what they were and I'm one of those hard core Joes who would just wish they would do a Marvel Comic version. It can be a military/spec op version combining like an X-Men type film and still have plenty of characters to create a cinematic universe. It wouldn't make near the money MCU does, but if done right it could be loads of fun and possible kickstart interest among a new generation.
Ah, who am I kidding...it sucks and Hollywood will keep fuckin' it up a la Transformers.
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9:57PM on 06/23/2015
And yet he makes two movies about male strippers... what a fucking joke. This guy sucks big time. The first GI Joe movie was a bad one, and he was the worst of them all. Fucker.
And yet he makes two movies about male strippers... what a fucking joke. This guy sucks big time. The first GI Joe movie was a bad one, and he was the worst of them all. Fucker.
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12:28AM on 06/24/2015
What's wrong with Magic Mike? It was a great movie.
What's wrong with Magic Mike? It was a great movie.
8:54PM on 06/23/2015

Hated the first movie, but the second was pretty decent

I don't know if I'd be too harsh on any work I did in film. I'd own up to my failures and successes, personally and/or based on overall crowd-based opinion.
With that said, I thought the second movie was what the first should have been. I have no real complaints; stupid, fun action.
I don't know if I'd be too harsh on any work I did in film. I'd own up to my failures and successes, personally and/or based on overall crowd-based opinion.
With that said, I thought the second movie was what the first should have been. I have no real complaints; stupid, fun action.
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8:17PM on 06/23/2015
I love it...iv watched it so many times.
I love it...iv watched it so many times.
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7:53PM on 06/23/2015
Entertaining and forgettable is a perfect summation.
Entertaining and forgettable is a perfect summation.
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7:52PM on 06/23/2015
Rise of Cobra was a fun movie. Enjoyed it much better than Retaliation.
Rise of Cobra was a fun movie. Enjoyed it much better than Retaliation.
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7:51PM on 06/23/2015

As a GI Joe ARAH comics fan...

... I hate that first one but I stand by that second one. The mountain ninja fight(having no dialogue was a reference to the "silent" issues of GI Joe written by Larry Hama.) alone was enough to get me on board. It ain't a perfect film but it was a fun movie.
... I hate that first one but I stand by that second one. The mountain ninja fight(having no dialogue was a reference to the "silent" issues of GI Joe written by Larry Hama.) alone was enough to get me on board. It ain't a perfect film but it was a fun movie.
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7:47PM on 06/23/2015
For what it's worth, Rise of Cobra is a popcorn fun movie for me.
For what it's worth, Rise of Cobra is a popcorn fun movie for me.
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