The “G.I. Joe” franchise has not been a high water mark of quality filmmaking, with the first film in particular – “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra,” coming under fire for frequently being a mess.
Turns out the film’s leading man agrees with the critics. In an interview with Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radioshow today, Tatum revealed that a contract with Paramount forced him to do the film and it’s an experience he was not a fan of, even if he was one of the actual ‘Joe’ franchise:
“Look, I’ll be honest. I f–king hate that movie. I hate that movie. 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 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.”
Tatum revealed that he originally wanted to play Snake Eyes, a role that would go to Ray Park, but does admit it could’ve been worse – his main issue being not so much the film as his being forced into doing it:
“I could have been given… I don’t know, ‘Scream 5’. 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.'”
Tatum was also asked about that all-male “Ghostbusters” reboot, a counterpoint to the currently filming Paul Feig-directed female-centric “Ghostbusters,” which his name has been linked with. From the sounds of it, the project has become stuck in a development quagmire:
“That thing’s gotten messy, I gotta be honest. There’s a lot of people doing a lot of things on Ghostbusters… Yeah. I don’t know, is the answer.”
Source: AV Club