That Channing Tatum hates ‘GI Joe’ is no secret, already in 2015 the actor explained who was forced to participate in the sequel, ‘GI Joe: Retaliation’, because I had a contract for three films, but now that he’s promoting ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ and has given an extensive interview with Vanity Fairhe wanted to insist that he did not even want to do the first one.
“I rejected the first seven times”, account Tatum subjected to a lie detector, “[…] So the second one, obviously, I didn’t want to do either.” The actor insisted that they kill him in the first 10 minutes of the next installment to avoid future commitments to the franchise and when asked if he has come to regret it, he answers with a resounding and forceful “Not”.
Released in 2009 with the original title ‘GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra’, that film stars Tatum, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Quaid and Sienna Miller, and although it has terrible reviews, grossed over $300 million at the worldwide box office. For ‘La Venganza’, which arrived in 2013, it was Dwayne Johnson who took the lead and its director, Jon M. Chu, also signed Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, Bruce Willis, Ray Park, Ray Stevenson and Élodie Yung among others. That repeated the success and reached 375 million dollars worldwide.
If it’s bad, it’s bad
“Look, I’ll be honest. I fucking hate that movie. I hate that movie”Tatum previously said of the first ‘GI Joe’. “They pushed me to do it. When I did ‘Coach Carter,’ I signed a three-film deal… They give you the contract and say, “Three-film offer, here you go.” And how [actor] young, you think, “Oh my gosh, that sounds amazing, I’ll take it!” Time goes by and you get other jobs and quotes and you have a dream job that you want to do. And… the studio calls you and they say, “Hey, we have a movie for you, we’ll send it to you.” And they send it to you, and it’s ‘GI Joe’.”
Of course, the problem does not have it with ‘GI Joe’ as well in general as a product, only with those films. The original concept includes many lines of military dolls that initially had to compete with Barbie, comics, animated series and even video games, in addition of course to these feature films: “The script was not good at all… And I didn’t want to do something that… I was a fan of since I was a kid and I saw it every morning growing up. She didn’t want to do something that was, first bad, and then she just didn’t know if she wanted to be ‘GI Joe’.”
Although an attempt was made to continue the saga in 2020 with a ‘GI Joe 3’, it ended up becoming a spin-off, ‘Snake Eyes: The Origin’, starring Henry Golding and in which Úrsula Corberó also participates. Unlike its predecessors, ‘Snake Eyes’ was a huge commercial flop, earning only $40 million worldwide on a budget of approximately $88 million.