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Channing Tatum Turned Down G.I. Joe Seven Times, Forced to Star

Channing Tatum has already put on the plate saying he hated starring in 2009’s “GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” so it’s not too surprising to hear the actor’s most recent revelation that he tried nearly a dozen times to avoid starring in the film. Tatum took part in a lie detector test for Vanity Fair and said he tried to pass “The Rise of Cobra” seven times, but was forced to star in the Paramount tentpole.

“The first one I passed seven times, but they had an option on me and I had to do the movie,” Tatum said. “So the second one, of course I didn’t want to do that either.”

Tatum confirmed that he asked to be killed off in the first 10 minutes of the sequel, 2013’s “GI Joe: Retaliation,” to avoid further involvement with the franchise. Did he regret that decision? “No,” he said bluntly.

‘Look, I’ll be honest. I fucking hate that movie. I hate that movie,” Tatum said earlier Howard Stern about the first “GI Joe” movie. “I was forced to make that movie. From ‘Coach Carter,’ they signed me to a three-picture deal… They give you the contract and they said, ‘Three-picture deal, please.’ And as young [actor], you’re like, ‘Oh my god, that sounds great, I’ll do that!’ Time goes by and you get other jobs and you build your quote and you have a dream job that you want to do. And… the studio calls and they say, ‘Hey, we’ve got a movie for you, we’re going to send it to you.’ And they send it to you, and it’s GI Joe.

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Tatum continued, “And I like GI Joe: ‘Can I play Snake Eyes?’ And they say, ‘No, you’re not playing Snake Eyes, you’re playing GI Joe.’ The script wasn’t good… And I didn’t want to do something that I’ve been… a fan of since I was a kid and watched every morning growing up – and I didn’t want to do something that, one, was bad and two, I just didn’t know if I wanted to be GI Joe.

“The Rise of Cobra” received negative reviews from critics, but managed to gross just over $300 million at the worldwide box office. The sequel, headlined by Dwayne Johnson, outperformed with $375 million worldwide. An attempt to revive the “G.I. Joe” franchise was all but cut short in 2021 with the release of “Snake Eyes,” starring Henry Golding. The movie only made $40 million worldwide, a dismal result even with the pandemic in play.

Watch Tatum’s full lie detector interview in the video below.

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