Wednesday 18 October 2017

'I f***ing hate that movie' - Channing Tatum is refreshingly honest about GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Channing Tatum says being funny for his latest film role was daunting
Channing Tatum says being funny for his latest film role was daunting
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Channing Tatum has been refreshingly honest about his career of late.

Last week he admitted he didn't know what bloated sci-fi flick Jupiter Ascending was about either, when asked by a fan, and now he he has admitted he "f***ing hates" GI Joe: The Rise of the Cobra.

Speaking to shock jock Howard Stern on Tuesday, he said, “Look, I’ll be honest. I f***ing hate that movie. I hate that movie.”

The Magic Mike XXL star had his first big leading role in the 2009 film, but he said it wasn't his choice to play that role.

GI Joe - Channing Tatum
GI Joe - Channing Tatum

“I was pushed into doing that movie. From Coach Carter, they signed me to a three-picture deal...  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!’”

Not only did he have a problem with the script, but he also wasn't sure about playing GI Joe himself.

“The script wasn’t any good,” he said, adding that he wanted to play Snake Eyes.

“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.”

Magic Mike XXL
Magic Mike XXL

Even so he said he was "super lucky and blessed" to have bagged the role, and added, “That was really not all that bad.  [But] no option. ‘You’re doing this or we’re gonna sue you.’”

On the other hand, he said, he wanted to do 21 Jump Street, against everyone else's advice.

"I really just wanted to work with Jonah [Hill], and that's the God's honest truth," he said.

"He called up and actually said, 'This is a terrible idea.' And I was like, 'Okay, so what's the movie?' And he was like, 'No, no, it's a really terrible idea, but I think you'd be great in it.'"

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However, nobody else thought it was a good idea.

"My entire team didn't want me to do that film," he added. "Everyone was just like, 'We don't get it, you're too old for high school!' And I was like, 'That's sorta the point!'"

The movie ended up grossing more than $200m worldwide with the sequel bagging more than $331m.

Of the possibility of doing a Ghostbusters movie with the Russo brothers, he added, “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.”

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