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Channing Tatum Initially Requested Duke To Be Killed Off In GI Joe Retaliation?

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Compared with Rise Of Cobra, information for G.I. Joe Retaliation has come about less frequently. Not surprisingly, the latest news that has created a stir on the internet has been the release of the G.I. Joe Retaliation 3D Poster. Interestingly enough, Cinema Blend posted a recent article about that very poster, which included a few interesting statements about Channing Tatum:

"All signs pointed to Rise of Cobra star Channing Tatum being killed off early in the film, apparently at his own request-- Tatum knew his career was going places and he didn't want to be shackled to this franchise. The producers allowed it, but then early in 2012 it was clear that the double whammy of The Vow and 21 Jump Street had made Tatum far too big a star to kill off. Tatum went back in for reshoots, the movie was recut, and now you just have to take a look at the film's brand-new poster to realize he's a much bigger part in "

Whether you heard that Tatum never went back for reshoots, or that he did, well, this is the latest news to keep you on your toes.
Credit: Cinema Blend
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Reply To Article DISCUSSION: (Jump To This Thread On The Boards)
katdan847:
Yeah, he's too big in the poster...I wouldn't miss him though if he still kicks the bucket.
Money-B:
How can I get a copy of the original?
Please let them release it with the Blu-Ray.
Steevy Maximus:
At least he hasn't called RoC an utter disaster and regrets doing like some of the other "big stars" attached to the first film.

I do wonder if his reshoots were to allow him to "pass the torch" to Johnson's Roadblock while still leaving an "out" for him to come back. If his stock as an actor continues to grow, I don't view it as inconceivable that Paramount might woo him back for one or two more.
sgt_mandl:
In other words, Tatum's in it for the money and nothing more. Not a shock considering his previous stage career. I won't miss him if there's a third flick. With a real star like The Rock, this one will still be good.
dsrader:
yep its his fault we've had to wait so long.
Shin Densetsu:
It's hilarious that most of the fanboys seemed to want him out, yet HE HIMSELF wanted to be gone too!
Zarana:
I heard Duke wanted Channing Tatum dead as well.
dsrader:
nice. lmao
ilzuccone:
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Originally Posted by Money-B View Post
How can I get a copy of the original?
Please let them release it with the Blu-Ray.
this

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Originally Posted by Zarana View Post
I heard Duke wanted Channing Tatum dead as well.
and this
vermillion21:
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Originally Posted by Zarana View Post
I heard Duke wanted Channing Tatum dead as well.
^ ha ha ... good one
Black Swan:
So Channing doesn't want Duke to be A-O.K. ?
crisen:
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Originally Posted by Zarana View Post
I heard Duke wanted Channing Tatum dead as well.
^ Brilliant
HUNMARINE:
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Originally Posted by Zarana View Post
I heard Duke wanted Channing Tatum dead as well.
Yooo Joe!!!!)))
Troops of Doom:
Well that makes it unanimous.
r3v3n63:
What gets me is that someone is paying attention to what a stripper "wants." I thought you were just supposed to smack them in the mouth if they get lippy.
Here is an idea; keep Duke and get rid of Chafing Taintum.
jestermon:
Man haven't you seen magic mike Tatum is fantastic exactly what Joe needs, ha.

My gf even couldn't stand the movie, of course she loved the naked men parts but you know there really isn't even that much on the movie, it's mostly him just being Tatum being Duke being tatum.
DESTRO:
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Originally Posted by Zarana View Post
I heard Duke wanted Channing Tatum dead as well.
You are doing it right.

This is awful news, I was looking forward to cheering his death in the movie. Tatum is not believable as Duke on any level. Why won't this guy just go away.
skinny:
I hate to be a party pooper but that Cinema Blend article is not a direct quote from Tatum, it is creative writing, and an assumption on the author's part.
Katey Rich uses no quotation marks.
She also says "though they never admitted it it wasn't hard to guess
their reason."
She is guessing the reason is the same thing that has been assumed by all of us fans on the boards.
Which may be right but it is not an interview article nor is it based on an actual statement by Tatum.
as much as we would like to hear that.
Taterbot:
And Harrison Ford wanted Han Solo to die too! Look how well that one turned out....
Jmacq1:
Tatum should stick to comedy. He was genuinely funny in 21 Jump Street and The Dilemma.

I don't think the guy's completely without talent, but he's one of those actors that really needs a strong director to get it out of him.

Sommers wasn't that guy. Tatum was the worst part of RoC, hands down. That having been said...Tatum's two or three lines in the Retaliation trailers already seemed like a 200 percent improvement over his RoC performance.
Troynos:
As long as it gets the female demographic into Retaliation, what do we care if Tatum wanted out?

I don't care how good or bad Tatum is, if his involvment and name helps sell the movie, get people in seats and ultimately ends up growing the Joebrand, then sign him up for more.

I've watched dozens of movies with bad acting by one or more of the people involved and still enjoyed the movie.




From my personal fan viewpoint, I'm not liking the overly ninja-ness that Retaliation is bringing to the line.
footloose:
hmmm i think i may watch ROC today may even play the game for a bit.
DrKain:
Tatum - "So yeah, I do not want to be in this movie, the first one was terrible."

Executive - "We'll pay you lots of money to come back. Please, you must. You know we love you."

Tatum - "How much is it worth to you?"

Executive hands him a check

Tatum - "I'll do it under one condition, you kill my character so I don't have to come back."

Executive - 'DEAL!!"

Tatum - "Awesome, I can now focus on movies showing off my body..."
turner:
I hate reboots and restarts, but with the movie franchise, a restart would be a good thing. Back to the arah joe, yeah I know it might be out there with the costumes and all, but that's what it should be. Having said that, I am actually interested in this bruce willis, joe colton, and ninja action they've got going.
sbartek1974:
Man, the filming of this movie has more drama than those damn 'Housewives' shows!
infinitefilms:
Duke can't be stopped, Duke can't be killed. Just like what happened with the 1987 animated movie.
Slaymaker:
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Originally Posted by infinitefilms View Post
Duke can't be stopped, Duke can't be killed. Just like what happened with the 1987 animated movie.
Maybe he can have a head injury that puts him in a coma (duke is known for being in a coma, right?) and then requires plastic surgery...then Tatum can be out and someone better can take his place in the 3rd installment and the injury can be why he looks and hopefully "acts" different?
Dake:
For once I agree wholeheartedly with the man.

Let's go one better; he should've been killed off when Cobra attacked his convoy in the first movie.
sbartek1974:
Or Duke and Baroness should have just rode off into the sunset together, never to be seen again.
crock master:
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Originally Posted by turner View Post
I hate reboots and restarts, but with the movie franchise, a restart would be a good thing. Back to the arah joe, yeah I know it might be out there with the costumes and all, but that's what it should be. Having said that, I am actually interested in this bruce willis, joe colton, and ninja action they've got going.
just realize bruce will only be in it for a second or two.
sonoftimmy:
I don’t put much stock in “the poster” theory as anyone could be killed or re-casted at anytime. If the actress that plays Lady J gains 30 pounds she’ll be out of the next movie. But, this servers as further evidence that trying to kill Duke spells disaster for anyone Cobra, Hasbro, Paramount, Scarlett. Yes Scarlett she blew off Duke and hooked up with Ripcord in the first movie and now both her and Rip are out. People the message is clear Don’t F&*^*^ with Duke! Or the Duke! Also, further evidence of Channing Tatum falling Ass backward into good luck and being too stupid to realize it.
Xsoldier:
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Originally Posted by DESTRO View Post
You are doing it right.

This is awful news, I was looking forward to cheering his death in the movie. Tatum is not believable as Duke on any level. Why won't this guy just go away.
I don't think it is technically polite to celebrate the death of even a fictional US Soldier.

I was upset he wasn't iin step it up 3 and 4. oh well. My wife can't stand him either. Its the mumbling.
Jmacq1:
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Originally Posted by crock master View Post
just realize bruce will only be in it for a second or two.
No, at the very least he has a pretty major supporting role given that between trailers and promotional pictures he's going to show up in at least 3 different scenes (Meeting with RoadRock and the gang, Shootin' out of the back of the El Camino with Lady Jaye, and presumably some sort of White House infiltration given we've seen shots of him in a suit).

Also, he's been a pretty major portion of the marketing. If he were just a "cameo" he wouldn't be nearly so prominent on the poster or get nearly as much airtime in the trailers.

I expect he'll have at least as much screentime as he did in Expendables 2, if not more.
sbartek1974:
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Originally Posted by sonoftimmy View Post
I don’t put much stock in “the poster” theory as anyone could be killed or re-casted at anytime. If the actress that plays Lady J gains 30 pounds she’ll be out of the next movie. But, this servers as further evidence that trying to kill Duke spells disaster for anyone Cobra, Hasbro, Paramount, Scarlett. Yes Scarlett she blew off Duke and hooked up with Ripcord in the first movie and now both her and Rip are out. People the message is clear Don’t F&*^*^ with Duke! Or the Duke! Also, further evidence of Channing Tatum falling Ass backward into good luck and being too stupid to realize it.
But it's also like the Executive Decision movie where Steven Seagal's face and name is on the poster but died like within the first 5 minutes of the film.
Jmacq1:
Offhand observation: Interesting that Storm Shadow is here amidst all the other good guys on the poster....or perhaps telling of his character arc in this film.
Stygian:
Funny, because I considered Channing's dead-eyed, limp fish performance in ROC to be one of the worst things afflicting the franchise. Moreover, why would the producers of GI Joe want an actor who decidedly has no passion for the property (unlike Dwayne who's been a huge cheerleader for it) continuing on regardless of his increasing fame? I certainly wouldn't want a so-so actor muddying the waters while I'm building a franchise simply because he's gained some level of cache with audiences. He's also not improved as an actor since ROC to, which is even worse. I guess when your movie is really all about spectacle and eye candy- which decidedly GI Joe is- you can afford to strap an actor down with a servitude laden contract, even if he can't act his way out of a wet napsack. It's your funeral.
kingross:
Hey for what it's worth I want Channing Tatum dead in these movies! He was easily the worst part of ROC and anyone would do a superior job.
Kamp Kandy:
i highly doubt thi is true

Channing is too big a star right now to request something like this
Joe Grizzly:
So did I, Tatum is a horrible actor.
Kamp Kandy:
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Originally Posted by infinitefilms View Post
Duke can't be stopped, Duke can't be killed. Just like what happened with the 1987 animated movie.
I thought that was Lt. Falconm?
Stygian:
I still feel (and until I'm proven wrong this statement stands) that GI Joe Resolute is hands-down the absolute best and brightest interpretation of GI Joe ever. ROC is absolutely atrocious by comparison and although I love the original toons (mini movies, individual episodes, etc.) Resolute really updated the brand, made it relevant, fun, and exciting again. If only the movie folks would take the best parts of Resolute (or at least use that world as its basis) and simply film that... it would be greatness.

Channing is almost a non-issue when considering the above. He's simply too young and green to play the Duke of Resolute. Acting aside, he's just not the right fit for that level of gravitas.
skinny:
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Originally Posted by Jmacq1 View Post
Offhand observation: Interesting that Storm Shadow is here amidst all the other good guys on the poster....or perhaps telling of his character arc in this film.
The Korean trailer reveals a huge spoiler about that.
WildWeaselZ06:
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Originally Posted by sbartek1974 View Post
Or Duke and Baroness should have just rode off into the sunset together, never to be seen again.
No , we need the Baroness back. Just not the original actress, and not as a brain washed baddy. The Baroness needs to be evil through and through.
Troynos:
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Originally Posted by Jmacq1 View Post
Offhand observation: Interesting that Storm Shadow is here amidst all the other good guys on the poster....or perhaps telling of his character arc in this film.
I lose all interest in Storm Shadow's story when he turns good, in any Joe media. Keep him bad.

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Originally Posted by Stygian View Post
Funny, because I considered Channing's dead-eyed, limp fish performance in ROC to be one of the worst things afflicting the franchise. Moreover, why would the producers of GI Joe want an actor who decidedly has no passion for the property (unlike Dwayne who's been a huge cheerleader for it) continuing on regardless of his increasing fame? I certainly wouldn't want a so-so actor muddying the waters while I'm building a franchise simply because he's gained some level of cache with audiences. He's also not improved as an actor since ROC to, which is even worse. I guess when your movie is really all about spectacle and eye candy- which decidedly GI Joe is- you can afford to strap an actor down with a servitude laden contract, even if he can't act his way out of a wet napsack. It's your funeral.
Since when does acting talent matter in Hollywood? It doesn't. What matters is name recognition and the ability of that name to get people in the seats.

There's no muddying the waters here, it's taking a proven commodity of an actor (and again, talent doesn't factor into this) and using his recognition and popularity to get people into the seats.

Any Producer that said "no, I'd rather have a no name talent then a name that will bring dollars" wouldn't last long.

The new Superman and the recent Spider-Man could get away with no-name actors because the property itself is the draw, not who's playing the characters.

G.I. Joe doesn't have that luxary.
Jmacq1:
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Originally Posted by WildWeaselZ06 View Post
No , we need the Baroness back. Just not the original actress, and not as a brain washed baddy. The Baroness needs to be evil through and through.
I still say that since they're not going with a "complete reboot" they could bring in the sister of "Anna Lewis'" deceased husband (the one they killed during the movie) and have her on a misguided revenge kick against the Joes. She'd be a genuine Baroness (as opposed to married into it), and would echo the original comic Baroness (who believed that an American GI (Snake-Eyes) had killed her brother which set her on the path to eeeeevil).
sonoftimmy:
I heard the Rock wanted to kill off Channing Tatum in real life because Tatum kept insisting the Rock wrestle him off set. The movie produces were worried because Tatum was such an annoning F*^** nut that the Rock would in fact kill him before the movie was finished. So they tried to kill Tatum in the movie before the Rock made Tatum smell what he had cooking.
ksensor:
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Originally Posted by WildWeaselZ06 View Post
No , we need the Baroness back. Just not the original actress, and not as a brain washed baddy. The Baroness needs to be evil through and through.
QFT.


Also, the Cobra logo looks like it's about to bite Roadblock right in the neck...
Troops of Doom:
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Originally Posted by infinitefilms View Post
Duke can't be stopped, Duke can't be killed. Just like what happened with the 1987 animated movie.
Maybe he can't be killed, but he can be defeated, captured and beat up easily and often.
skinny:
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Originally Posted by Troops of Doom View Post
Maybe he can't be killed, but he can be defeated, captured and beat up easily and often.
well all the men under his command except cross country were killed...so he is killed by default
thats twice now for him
no wait three times it happened in ROC too man he is bad luck.
 

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