By Quentin Piton Journalist Series – Cinema Journalist specializing in series, cinema, but also anime and manga. Spends his time dreaming of Emma Watson, considers Olivier Giroud the GOAT and refuses to speak with those who are against the absolute truth which is: How I Met Your Mother is a better series than Friends. It's not always easy to be a star in Hollywood. Sometimes, when the agents don't handle you, it's the movie studios that impose a few little clauses on you in the contracts. And unfortunately for Channing Tatum, he was the one who got screwed when he was younger. The Magic Mike actor confessed he was forced to star in the G.I. Joe franchise, two movies he hates more than anything today.
Today, Channing Tatum is one of the biggest stars in cinema and has established himself in action films (White House Down, Bullet Train), as well as comedies (21 Jump Street, The Secret of the Lost City), without forgetting romantic comedies (10 years already, I promise you). Nevertheless, before acquiring such a status, the comedian was forced to accept a few more or less interesting projects to earn money and make a name for himself. And among all those he no longer assumes today, we find in particular G.I. Joe – Rise of Cobra released in 2009.
Channing Tatum traumatized by GI Joe
And when we say that he no longer assumes it, we should rather say that he hates it. Despite a nice cast around him (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sienna Miller, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), this experience will forever remain one of the worst memories of his career. “For this first film, I turned it down at least seven times, he confessed to Vanity Fair. But the studio had a [contractual] option on me and I I was forced to do it“. A traumatic situation for the actor who, unsurprisingly, hadn't made him want to come back for a sequel: “For the second film [released in 2013, editor's note], I obviously didn't want to do it neither“.
Fortunately for him, if he was still contractually bound to the franchise, his change of status in the meantime coupled with the recruitment of other big stars (Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson) had this time allowed him to impose his conditions. Asked by the magazine on the subject, “Did you really ask to be killed from the first ten minutes?“, the actor simply replied “yes“, before to assure that he did not regret his choice at all.
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“I hate this fucking movie”
An honest confession that is surprising, but not new. Already in 2015, Channing Tatum had taken advantage of an interview with Howard Stern to return to this infernal experience: “I hate this fucking film. I hate it“. He had then explained it, he had been trapped by leaders who were a little too vicious at the time: “I was forced to do it. While participating in Coach Carter in 2005, [Paramount] had me sign a three-film contract. As a young actor, you say to yourself in the moment, 'My god, that sounds great. I will do that'. Then time passes, you do other jobs, you build your career, you realize your dreams and then the studio calls you and says, 'We have a movie for you. We'll send it to you'.”
And what could have been a dream for him, a big fan of 80s cartoons, ended up being a series of disappointments : “I was thinking of playing Snake Eyes and they told me then that I would be GI Joe. And the script was not good. I didn't want to participate in something that… I had been a fan since I was a kid, I watched the show every morning, and I didn't want to do something that was bad“.
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