‘G.I. Joe’ may have helped put Channing Tatum on the map, but he totally hated starring in it! In a new interview, the actor shockingly admits why he couldn’t stand being part of the action film and reveals why he was forced to do it anyway.
Channing Tatum, 35, may have his pick of films these days, but when he was first starting out, he was willing to sign on for just about anything. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite work out the way he hoped, and it made him ‘f***ing hate’ his role in the Blockbuster film G.I. Joe!
I’ll be honest, I f***ing hate that movie. I hate that movie,” he admitted to Howard Stern. “I was pushed into doing that movie. From ‘Coach Carter,’ they signed me for a three picture deal. So they give you the contract and they go, ‘Three picture deal, here you go.’ And, as a young actor, you’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s amazing. I’m doing that.'”
But, as time went on, the actor quickly became a much bigger star, and when he got the call to star in one of the three films he signed up for, he already had other ideas in mind. “Things start to happen and you have a dream job you want to go do,” he explained.
So what, specifically, did Channing hate about the film? “The script wasn’t any good,” he said. “I was like…’I don’t want to do something that I’m a fan of, that, as a kid, I watched every morning as I was growing up.’ I didn’t want to do something that was 1) bad, and 2) I just didn’t know if I wanted to be G.I. Joe.”
Still, Howard pointed out, the movie made hundreds of thousands of dollars, and was a hit among fans. And toward the end of the segment, Channing changed his tune a bit, probably realizing how harsh he’d been. “I’m super lucky and blessed to have been given that film,” he admitted. “It really wasn’t that bad. But I had no option. It was, ‘You’re doing this, or I’m going to sue you.'”
Now, of course, Channing is making headlines for his starring role in the second Magic Mike film, Magic Mike XXL, in which he stars as a male stripper among fellow hotties Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and more. And if G.I. Joe helped him get here…we ain’t complaining!
HollywoodLifers, tell us: What did you think of G.I. Joe? Do you agree with Channing?
— Alyssa Norwin