Channing Tatum: ‘I fucking hate my ‘GI Joe’ movie’

Actor starred as Duke in the 2009 action film and its 2013 sequel

Channing Tatum has admitted that he “fucking hates” his 2009 movie GI Joe: The Rise Of Cobra.

Tatum starred as Duke in the big-budget action film based on the GI Joe toy franchise, leading a stellar ensemble cast that included Ray Park, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sienna Miller, Christopher Eccleston, Brendan Fraser and Dennis Quaid. Despite poor reviews, the film grossed over $300 (£190 million) million at the box office globally, enough to recoup its sizeable production and promotional budget.

Asked about the film during an interview on Howard Stern’s radio show yesterday (June 23), Tatum said: “Look, I’ll be honest, I fucking hate that movie. I hate that movie.”

Explaining that he was “pushed into doing that movie” after signing a three-picture deal, Tatum said he had “no option” but to accept his role in the film after being told: “You’re doing this or we’re gonna sue you.”

Tatum also revealed that he would have preferred to have played Ray Park’s character, Snake Eyes, in the film, but the studio was adamant that he should be cast as Duke. “The script wasn’t any good,” Tatum added. “I didn’t want to do something that I thought was, one, bad, and, two, I just didn’t know if I wanted to be GI Joe.”

Tatum reprised his role as Duke for the 2013 sequel GI Joe: Retaliation, joined by Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. A third film is in the works but casting has yet to be announced.