Channing Tatum has already gone on record saying he hated starring in 2009’s “GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” so it’s no surprise to hear the actor’s recent revelation that he tried to avoid acting in the movie about a dozen times. Taking a lie detector test for Vanity Fair, Tatum 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 secondly, I obviously didn’t want to do that either.”
Tatum confirmed that he asked to kill off the first 10 minutes of the sequel, 2013’s “GI Joe: Revenge,” to avoid any further commitment to the franchise. Did he regret that decision? “No,” she said flatly.
“Look, I’ll be honest. I hate that movie. I hated that movie,” Tatum previously told Howard Stern about the first “G.I. Joe” film. “I was pressured to do that movie. From ‘Coach Carter,’ they signed me to a three-picture deal…they gave you a deal. and they go, ‘Three-picture deal, take this.’ And as young [actor], you’re like ‘Oh my god, that sounds amazing, I’m doing it!’ Time goes by and you get other jobs and you’re building your quotes 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.”
Tatum continued, “And I love GI Joe: ‘Can I play Snake Eyes?’ And they’re like, ‘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… had 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 I wanted to be GI Joe. .”
“The Rise of Cobra” garnered negative reviews from critics but managed to gross just over $300 million at the worldwide box office. The sequel, headlined by Dwayne Johnson, performed better with $375 million worldwide. An attempt to revive the “GI Joe” franchise was killed off with the release of “Snake Eyes” starring Henry Golding in 2021. The film grossed only $40 million worldwide, a disappointing result even during the pandemic.
Watch Tatum’s full Lie Detector interview in the video below.