channing tatum He has never hidden how little he liked doing ‘GI Joe’, going so far as to state on the howard stern I hated that movie. That did not prevent him from also appearing in the sequel, where his character died in the first few minutes of footage and now the actor has confirmed that it was he himself who asked for that to happen.
“I rejected the first seven times“
The actor also seen in titles such as ‘Logan’s Luck’ or ‘The Lost City’ has given a curious interview to Vanity Fair in which a lie detector established whether or not he was telling the truth. In the case of the ‘GI Joe’ franchise, there was no doubt and he pointed out the following about why did you want your character to die at the beginning of ‘GI Joe: Vengeance’:
I turned down the first seven times, but they had an option on me and I had to do the movie. So the second one, obviously, you don’t want to do that one either.
tatum does not have no remorse about his decision to disassociate himself from the sagain which he only participated because he had previously signed a contract for three films with paramount and he had no choice – the actor himself recalled years ago that the studio gave him no other option: “Are you going to do this or are we going to sue you?“- In fact, he made it clear a long time ago why he resisted doing it so much:
The script wasn’t good, and I didn’t want to do something that I’d been a fan of since I was a kid, that I watched every morning and I didn’t want to do something that was bad and I didn’t know if I wanted to be GI Joe either.
And it is that his first reaction to the study’s offer was to ask if he could play Snake Eyes, a role that finally went to the hands of Ray Parkactor who many remember mainly for having been Darth Maul in ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’.
‘GI Joe’ ended up grossing $302 million against a budget of $175, a disappointing amount. Something better was for ‘GI Joe: La Venganza’, as it was cheaper -155 million- and raised more -375 million-. However, the franchise was paralyzed for many years and the attempt to relaunch it with ‘Snake Eyes: Origin’ was a tremendous failure with an income of just 40 million dollars when it had cost 110.