Channing Tatum on the Challenges of Starring in a Huge Hollywood Movie:
"Its not only daunting, that type of a film in general, for a seasoned actor or an actor that had done one of those films before, lower on the call sheet. I had no idea what I was doing. I had no clue. I was terrified of the movie. I had really no aspirations to go do a huge film like that, really, not yet in my career. I didnt really feel ready for it. I kind of got thrown into it. In doing so, it really opened my mind to its just acting. Its a different style of acting. Its more skipping along the surface and it is about the big explosions and stuff. Youre not sitting there trying to do Shakespeare."
Taking the Work Seriously When the Film's Not:
"You kind of find it. Its weird, and you laugh at it. Its the only way to really do it. I don't know anyone that wasnt laughing on the set all the time on G.I. Joe, especially Marlon Wayans who is my partner in the movie. We laughed through the entire thing. Im sitting there looking at a green screen like, 'RIPCOOOORD! NOOOO!' Stuff like that, and youre just like, 'What am I doing?' Or youre like, 'You get the rockets, Ill get the nanomites. Wait a minute, what are nanomites?' I don't know whats going on, but youre just having fun with it."
"You just pray, pray, pray, pray that they get a good take in all the slew of things because you dont know what anything looks like. You dont know what youre reacting to and theyre like, 'Look right!' Youre like [gasps]. Then theyre like, 'Look left!' And you dont know whats happening. You can only trust your director and thats it."
On Overacting in G.I. Joe:
"I was afraid of overacting, but thats what you cant be afraid of. You dont have to overact. I was the guy theyd have to pull it out of me. Im like, 'No, man, it just feels too bad. I cant do it.' Hes like, 'Just trust me. Promise me youre going to do it and then I promise you I wont use the take if its not right.' Then Im like, 'Okay. Ugh.' I do it and itd just be pulling teeth. You see it back now. I havent seen the movie but Ive seen ADR and stuff, and it fits. You cant believe it. You thought you were just the worst actor on the planet."
On the Line He Struggled to Keep a Straight Face Saying:
"Every one of the lines, every single one. What was the one that was, and I don't think they actually made it into the movie, was, 'Action figures sold separately.' Something like that. They wanted me to put it in the film. Then there was like Marlon, Marlon actually, it wasnt me, Marlon had a line that was like, 'And a kung fu grip,' because all the Joes had a kung fu grip. He had to say that about somebody that grabbed him. He was like, 'Oh, hes got a kung fu grip.' I was like, 'That aint ever gonna work. Thats never, ever going to be in the movie,' and its in the movie and it works a little bit. All the fan boys will be like, 'Yeah!' And anybody that doesnt know about the kung fu grip will be like, 'Oh, whatever, its just what he chose to say right then.'"
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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra hits theaters on August 7, 2009 and is rated PG-13 for strong sequences of action violence and mayhem throughout.