Channing Tatum did not mince words when it came to discussing his role in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra during an interview with Howard Stern on Tuesday.
“Look, I’ll be honest. I f–king hate that movie. I hate that movie,” the Magic Mike XXL star said of the 2009 film. “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!’”
As Tatum recalled, he had found success with other projects, when the studio called with G.I. Joe.
“The script wasn’t any good,” he said, adding that he’d watched the namesake cartoon growing up and wanted to play Snake Eyes in the film. “I didn’t want to do something that I thought was 1.) bad, and 2.) I just didn’t know if I wanted to be G.I. Joe.”
Still, Tatum told Stern he was “super lucky and blessed to have been given that film.”
“That was really not all that bad,” he added. “[But you have] no option. ‘You’re doing this or we’re gonna sue you.’”
Listen to Tatum and Stern discuss G.I. Joe in the clip below. Tatum also opened up about his involvement in a potential second Ghostbusters reboot, which you can read more about here.