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Last month Paramount released photos of Snake Eyes, earlier this week they released our first look at Scarlett, and now [Link Removed] has apparently gotten an exclusive first look at the cast of Stephen Sommers’ GI Joe: Channing Tatum as Duke, Karolina Korkova as Cover Girl, Marlon Wayans as Ripcord, Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow, Sienna Miller as The Baroness, and Dennis Quaid as Hawk. The response from fans so far has been a bit underwhelming, however I’m actually more impressed than disappointed (maybe due to already low expectations). What do you guys think?
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IESB had the lucky chance to chat with G.I. Joe producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura the day after the third (or is it fourth?) fan backlash against the live action big screen adaptation (Coincidence, I think not!). If you haven’t been following, yesterday it was announced that Marlon Wayans was cast as Ripcord (Boooo!) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in negotiations to join the film (YAY!). di Bonaventura attempts to defend the Waynes decision by telling us that there wasn’t a “person who didn’t think it was a no-brainer.” Ummm What?:
“When we were trying to figure out who would be the right element to make this combination work of Duke as the leader and Ripcord as the best friend who sorta gets Duke in trouble all the time and Duke has to bail him out all the time and have fun with him, we needed a guy who’s gonna be funny and we needed a guy who was going to be a good actor. And we went to Marlon and said, “We’d love to talk to you.” And he’s a gigantic GI Joe fan and immediately asked, “is Cobra in it, is Destro in it?” I mean before he even got to read the script he was so much fun to talk to because he understood what it was. So he got it immediately, and when we did the test.”
“It was frankly the easiest casting decision we’ve made in the movie once we saw the test.”
“…He’s playing a military character who’s got some real good quips but he’s got to be good, he’s got to be physical, and I mean Marlon is a strapping guy, he’s got good size to him. So, I think the fans will feel, when they see him, that he is playing the solider that they anticipate anyone from the G.I. Joe group to be.
Other tidbits include:
- They have not yet cast Destro but have narrowed the list down to about 4 or 5 names: “All of them are of the English, Irish, Scottish persuasion shall we say.”
- Destro, Zartan and Hawk will be announced in the next two weeks.
- “In the comic book, you don’t know where the location of the Pit [G.I. Joe headquarters] is. So, the idea that it’s based in Brussels is false, the idea that it is a European base or an international kind of organization is false. It is the G.I. Joe Organization.”
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to play a Villain role
- “Duke is absolutely the embodiment of what the pre-83 Joe is. And what the pre-83 Joe is The Real American Hero”
- They again have the U.S. Army’s support.
- “There is an international aspect, we’re travelling around, we’re going to be a lot of places and it’s going to be really fun, it doesn’t make it an international…it isn’t the fear that everyone is having, we just want to have different places around the world to give the movie scope.”
- They are not currently planning for a sequel or spin-off film.
- Assumption is that the movie will be PG-13, but definitely not R (Read: could possibly be PG).
Shooting begins in a mere five weeks but di Bonaventura is making idiotic statements like “we’re looking at it from a budgetary standpoint and how many characters can we afford.” Doesn’t sound good to me. But don’t worry Joe fans, Lorenzo promises that “if you’re a Joe vs. Cobra fan, then you will be feel incredibly happy about the movie.” I’ve always wanted to “feel happy” about a movie…
You can read the full interview on IESB.
I really want to be excited for Paramount’s big screen Live Action adaptation of G.I. Joe, but Stephen Sommers is doing everything he can to turn off the key fanbase.
First Sienna Miller was cast in the film, a groan inducing announcement heard around the world. Storyline points leaked to the web and caused so much anger among fans that Hasbro had to make a public statement in an attempt to reassure the key fanbase. Then the tide began to turn when we announced exclusively that Ray Park (formerly Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I) had been cast in the role of Snake Eyes. Fans around the world were ecstatic, as Parks was a number one fan favorite for the role. A few more announcements were made, none of which seemed to elicit excitement or disappointment from the fans.
But I have bad and good news for you today. We’ll go with the bad first:
Marlon Wayans has signed on to play Ripcord in the upcoming film. Ripcord, real name Wallace A Weems, is the leader of the military unit and first appeared in February 1985 issue of the comic book series. That’s right, the guy responsible for all the horrible Scary Movie films… The guy whose last few starring roles included Norbit, Little Man, and White Chicks. This can’t be good news for anyone out there besides Wayans and his family. I honestly can not think of a worse person to be cast in this film.
On to the good news: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in negotiations to join the cast. Former childhood comic actor Gordon-Levitt has of recent years made a good name for himself in the indie film arena (Mysterious Skin, Brick, The Lookout).
G.I. Joe starts shooting in Los Angeles next month, and is scheduled to hit theaters on August 7th 2009.
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The 2007 Razzie award winners (or should I say losers?) have been announced. Check out the results:
Worst Picture: Basic Instinct 2 (Sony/Columbia)
Worst Actress: Sharon Stone for Basic Instinct 2
Worst Actor: Marlon Wayans & Shawn Wayans for Little Man
Worst Supporting Actress: Carmen Electra for Date Movie and Scary Movie 4
Worst Supporting Actor: M. Night Shyamalan for Lady in the Water
Worst Director: M. Night Shyamalan for Lady in the Water
Worst Screen Couple: Shawn Wayans & either Kerry Washington or Marlon Wayans for Little Man
Worst Remake Or Rip-off: Little Man (Rip-off of the 1954 Bugs Bunny cartoon “Baby Buggy Bunny”)
Worst Prequel or Sequel: Basic Instinct 2
Worst Screenplay: Basic Instinct 2 (Screenplay by Leora Barish & Henry Bean, Based on Characters Created by Joe Ezsterhas)
Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment (New Category, Saluting the Celebs We’re ALL Sick & Tired Of!): RV (Sony/Columbia)
Here is a run down of Awards Per Picture:
Basic Instinct 2 [4 "Wins"]
Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Sequel, Worst Screenplay
Little Man [3 "Wins"]
Worst Actor, Worst Screen Couple and Worst Remake/Rip-Off
Lady in the Water [2 "Wins"]
Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Director
I think they’re being a little too hard of Lady in the Water. But then again, I was one of the few people who enjoyed the film. What do you guys think was the worst movies and performances of the year?