Channing Tatum Slams G.I. Joe, Says He Was Forced To Do It

Published on June 24, 2015.
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There is no denying that, by now, Channing Tatum has solidified himself as a household name and a definite A-list celebrity who could probably land any job he wanted thanks to films like Step Up, Dear John, 21 Jump Street and, of course, Magic Mike.

If you weren’t a huge fan of his 2009 film G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, you aren’t alone because Tatum recently revealed that he hates it as well.

Amping up for the release of the highly anticipated sequel to Magic Mike, dubbed Magic Mike XXL, Tatum sat down for an interview with Howard Stern on Tuesday June, 24 where he talked about his true feelings about the film.

“Look, I’ll be honest. I f–king hate that movie. I hate that movie! I was pushed into doing that movie. From Coach Carter, they signed me to a three-picture deal […] They give you the contract and they go, ‘Three-picture deal, here you go.’ And as a young [actor] you’re like, ‘Oh my god, that sounds amazing, I’m doing that!'”

He went on to explain that he had been trying to build up his reputation and land other roles and then, all of a sudden, the studio called saying they have G.I. Joe for him, and he has to do it. They reportedly told him: “Hey, you’re doing this. You’re doing this or we’re going to sue you.”

Tatum, however wanted to make sure that he didn’t sound ungrateful for being given the opportunity early in his career, even if it didn’t work out the way he expected. “I’m super lucky and blessed to have been given that film. That was really not that bad,” he said.

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