For Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, joining the cast of the "G.I. Joe" franchise was a little bit like coming home.
As the actor told CNN at the movie's premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday, he was a big fan of the action figures when he was growing up as an only child.
"'G.I. Joe' and 'Star Wars' action figures, they were my family," Johnson said. "So you can imagine what it was like to get the phone call saying, 'Hey, we want you to be a G.I. Joe, we want you to lead the Joes, and then we have this idea to really reignite the franchise.'"
That idea involved casting Johnson as the lead of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," the follow-up to 2009's "G.I. Joe," which starred Channing Tatum. Jon Chu directed the action flick, which has been described as grittier, and not as keen on the "cartoonish" but fun moments some critics picked up on in the first installment.
But for Johnson, who's starred in the "Fast & Furious" franchise as well as the "Journey" series, he sees "G.I. Joe" as another "massive opportunity."
"I enjoy being in franchises because they make a lot of people happy around the world," he said. "That's a lot of smiles, and that's a cool thing."
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Does anyone know? Personally, I am very excited for it. Dwayne Johnson has the god-like stature that will be perfect for his portrayal as the son of God.
Was a good action movie and definitely more gritty than the previous version. Switched things up a bit which caught me off guard but appreciated. Rock definitely did his thing in this one and has gotten better with each film. Really a class act so good to see him progressing in this field. Hope they keep up the good work.
I have to disagree with your assessment. I was sincerely hoping this movie would be significantly better than the first GI Joe movie, but sadly it was not. I love a good action movie, but you still need to have a decent story with characters the audience will enjoy. In the case of this movie, all you had was some action.
Where's the nearest bidet?
Guess what ? Lebron James and The Rock are teaming up for GI JOE 3 ! Cobra's Master Plan . In this movie Cobra Mierda commander takes over the NBA and is up to lebron and the Rock to save humanity as we know it !
The dump was epic.
Its so hard to believe there are so many idiots out there making moronic comments (About the rock) that cant even spell !
your so right.
It's time to take a large steaming dump.
So the rock played with gi joes well into his teens! who cares if he feels like one of the family or eats fruity peebles for breakfast with a side of english muffins! this blog has no merit im goin back 2 bed zzzzzzzzz.......
grow some self esteem....you have none
she is an idiot isn't she...
Way to ruin a good franchise by adding this idiot to it.
The Rock didn't ruin the franchise. Did you not even see the first movie? And although I didn't enjoy this movie any more than the first, I definitely don't blame him for it. This movie really just lacked a decent story with good character development. The Rock would have actually been an excellent choice for Roadblock.
Much success with this movie rock I was also a gi joe fan being one of 5 girls.
GI Joe was my fav video game!
Sgt Rock would have been more obvious.
Man the Rock sucks. Too bad he isn't as big and handsome as me.
at Vin. lol
I'll work him over...he should have remained right in the chair near the window.
The rock can take me in the back. And work me over!
When I was a child my dad used to take us to the sportatorium to watch . Rocky. Johnson the wrestler. Dwayne. Johnson father.
Is. That. A. Fact.
WHAT DID YOU DO AGAIN...
JESUS FRICKIN CHRIST I DON'T KNOW! WHAT?
now go away
You pound you pud then take it in the a$s on the blogs.
I entertain the idea of Dwayne acting the part as the son of God because he is a fit for it. Also, he resembles Jesus to me...Ailigi
Jesus was a pro wrestler in Mexico
Got to admire Dwayne's multi-talents and being versatile in different roles. Way-to-go Rock!
Karen, mom and dad
Tell Karen to STFU. She has crabs.
Karen and your mom are both goat blowers
you were at the sauce party-what did we do –
I think the casting of Duane Johnson as Jesus in that upcoming Miramax film is a travesty and nothing short of sacrilegious. For one thing he looks nothing like the son of God. Typical of the liberal Hollywood elite to do something like this just to infuriate those of us who follow the True path.
I thought he was to play Goliath, or a camel or something.
How do you know what son of god looks like? He was definitely not white since he was from the desert
what a slow poke...
Everyone knows Jeezus looked like George Clooney.
Uh, how do you know what the son of God looks like? The bible describes him as bronze, which the Rock is, and with hair like wool, which a wig can provide...I guess you are mourning the blue eyed Jesus that has propagated for years...news flash, he was from the Middle East, not europe.
You just described Bob Marley...
she has enough too write a book......she's a tool and can be ignored....
Eh..I'm not a big fan of his. Triple H, yes.
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I would have thought he played with Barbies
we trapped you about the sauce in the phone....you have too get away from the tool
My tool produces a special sauce
Unfortunately, the movie stinks.
crimes are committed at least 2 times a day please help
I have always liked the Rock. He takes on such different roles, from bad azz to a tooth fairy. Who would do that? I think he's a guy that just likes to have fun, and doesn't take life so seriously. Now that I think about it, I don't think I've seen one of his movies that I didn't like.
I agree. He has such great comdedic timing and can just about pull any role off :)
DID YOU SEND HER ANOTHER ONE...
THERE IS A QUARTER OF IT IN THE FREEZER...WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT
I WILL BRING IT TOO HIM TOMORROW MORNING...
YOU WANNA SEE?
that was a hacker loor in...which succeeded..
i have too think about being there....this is not a fresh start...
gotz dat too
I grew up with He-Man,the Ninja Turtles and the ThunderCats
My new favorites are Ben 10 and Monster High.Your NEVER too old for toys :)
good for him...
your tooled and you need to see somebody.....if you want the help we can do it...
GI Joe was my favorite.
"Do you smell what The Rock is cooking"
I have always been a fan of G.I. Joes and "The Rock" since i was little, and now they are being combined, thats awesome.
there is a "problem"
there is no battle it was confirmed.
Yo,joe! Congrats Rock. From peoples champ to the peoples entertainer i have been a fan of yours since the nation of domination. So cool to be portraying roadblock,the chef turned heavy machine gunner and one of my favorite characters from the comics and figures. I am 39 and like you am an only child who grew up with that same exended family you did. Good luck God bless and carry on! YO JOE!
chef gunner did not make the list...
But...what we need to know is...was knowing half the battle?
nobody tossed the sauce...
the sause was tossed
When you "toss" it produces more "sauce." Duh.
Later on,The Rock & his teammates' extended family were the entertainers along Dixie Hwy,Le Jeune Rd,79th St,etc.
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