March 29th, 2013
03:41 PM ET

The Rock: G.I. Joe was my family

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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soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Meh

    Money infusion completed

    April 1, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. When is the Rock as Jesus movie coming out?

    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.

    April 1, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Darrell

    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.

    April 1, 2013 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Buck

      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.

      April 1, 2013 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mammy

    Where's the nearest bidet?

    March 31, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CuteBaby

    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 !

    March 31, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mammy

    The dump was epic.

    March 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    Its so hard to believe there are so many idiots out there making moronic comments (About the rock) that cant even spell !

    March 31, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mammy

    It's time to take a large steaming dump.

    March 31, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Crock

    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.......

    March 31, 2013 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Be right there hottie...


    March 31, 2013 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. California

    grow some self have none

    March 31, 2013 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. california

    she is an idiot isn't she...

    March 31, 2013 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joseph

    Way to ruin a good franchise by adding this idiot to it.

    March 31, 2013 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Buck

      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.

      April 1, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. Yolanda

    Much success with this movie rock I was also a gi joe fan being one of 5 girls.

    March 31, 2013 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rahul

    GI Joe was my fav video game!

    March 30, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Hao So

    Sgt Rock would have been more obvious.

    March 30, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Vin Diesel

    Man the Rock sucks. Too bad he isn't as big and handsome as me.

    March 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Dictator

    China wins

    March 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Work Over

    I'll work him over...he should have remained right in the chair near the window.

    March 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  20. warren

    The rock can take me in the back. And work me over!

    March 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. jc

    When I was a child my dad used to take us to the sportatorium to watch . Rocky. Johnson the wrestler. Dwayne. Johnson father.

    March 30, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  22. we pound in blogs because we know you will be here within 5 min

    now go away

    March 30, 2013 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  23. ailigi

    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

    March 30, 2013 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  24. A-Tool

    that's you

    March 30, 2013 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  25. ailigi

    Got to admire Dwayne's multi-talents and being versatile in different roles. Way-to-go Rock!

    March 30, 2013 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  26. Next Sauce party at my house so she'll be able too watch us eat it

    Karen, mom and dad

    March 30, 2013 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  27. Gang

    you were at the sauce party-what did we do -

    March 30, 2013 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  28. Make sure you tell everyone she said i threw out the sauce


    March 30, 2013 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  29. cops

    hacked again

    March 30, 2013 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  30. Can't Believe

    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.

    March 30, 2013 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  31. She's not our kind....she's too into the tool

    March 30, 2013 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  32. Harrassing comments and lies....SmiT is a fake

    she has enough too write a book......she's a tool and can be ignored....

    March 30, 2013 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  33. did you send an impostor name SmiT too her...


    March 30, 2013 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  34. V¡xen

    Eh..I'm not a big fan of his. Triple H, yes.

    March 30, 2013 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  35. kish


    March 30, 2013 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  36. whatever

    I would have thought he played with Barbies

    March 29, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Maylene Text

    we trapped you about the sauce in the have too get away from the tool

    March 29, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Jason Glugla

    Unfortunately, the movie stinks.

    March 29, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Please donate to the united tooled college...

    crimes are committed at least 2 times a day please help

    March 29, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Sadie

    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.

    March 29, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • EllieOkie

      I agree. He has such great comdedic timing and can just about pull any role off 🙂

      March 30, 2013 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Harrassing SmiT Messages


      March 30, 2013 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  41. BEETCH



    March 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  42. BEETCH



    March 29, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  43. we did not toss the sauce...

    that was a hacker loor in...which succeeded..

    March 29, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  44. the only thing that that he may have known...

    i have too think about being there....this is not a fresh start...

    March 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Debra

    gotz dat too

    March 29, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  46. And_Know_You_know



    March 29, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Cobra_Commander

    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 🙂

    March 29, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Chef Gunner didn't ever made the list....

    good for him...

    March 29, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Chef Gunner did never made the list....

    good for him...

    March 29, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  50. California Girls...

    your tooled and you need to see somebody.....if you want the help we can do it...

    March 29, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  51. YesYouDo

    GI Joe was my favorite.

    March 29, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  52. dont care

    "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.

    March 29, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  53. marina

    there is no battle it was confirmed.

    March 29, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  54. jason

    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!

    March 29, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  55. sam

    But...what we need to know is...was knowing half the battle?

    March 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  56. cali

    nobody tossed the sauce...

    March 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Tonite's the Eagles' nite again

    Later on,The Rock & his teammates' extended family were the entertainers along Dixie Hwy,Le Jeune Rd,79th St,etc.

    March 29, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |

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