Walton Goggins Talks G. I. Joe: Retaliation
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In a recent Interview with Collider, actor Walton Goggins talked briefly about his involvement with director Jon Chuís upcoming movie G. I. Joe: Retaliation. |
Collider: How did you end up getting involved with G.I. Joe 2?
Mr. Goggins: Well, Lorenzo [di Bonaventura] just approached me. He had been a fan since The Shield, and he said, ďIím doing this big budget movie and Iíve got this role I want you to come play.Ē If you can bounce back and forth between a studio movie or a big action movie, like Cowboys & Aliens or G.I. Joe, and you balance that out, if youíre so lucky, with a wonderful television show or working with Steven [Spielberg], what better career can you have? One of the reasons why I wanted to do Justified so badly, or wanted to continue once we got up and going, was that I didnít have to live in pain, every single day. On The Shield, for seven years, I was emotionally fucking wrecked. It was rare that we were just laughing. For the last five years, especially, it was really painful. Justified is lighter in tone, and itís nice to be around that and show up to work and wear that hat. Itís the same thing for movies. G.I. Joe was fun. Lincoln was serious. Iím going to go do Quentin Tarantinoís movie (Django Unchained), and thatís going to be seriously fun. Once youíre at the buffet table, you just sample everything. That makes for a well-balanced life.
Collider: Was part of the appeal of the G.I. Joe sequel the fact that itís more grounded in reality, this time around, and not so cartoony?
Mr. Goggins: Yeah, itís a very, very big part of it. Just because of my personality, for me, comedy comes from pessimism, more often than not, and from a real place. In some ways, I wish I could tell a joke. Iím not good at telling a joke, but I can say a line in a certain way that makes people uncomfortable because they donít know whether to laugh or not, and I love that comedy. Thatís my favorite comedy, when itís grounded in truth. And, I think G.I. Joe is going to be a really good film.
Walton Goggins is rumored to play an original character for the film; Warden Nigel James.