G.I Joe - Rise of Cobra

    G.I. Joe is a line of military-themed articulated "action figures" produced by the toy company Hasbro. The initial product offering represented four of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces with the Action Soldier (Army), Action Sailor (Navy), Action Pilot (Air Force) and Action Marine (Marines).

    The movie plot is simple, An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer. Released: August 7

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    Movie Trivia

    Sam Worthington was considered for the role of Duke, but turned it down due scheduling conflicts with Avatar (2009).

    David Murray was cast as Destro, but dropped it when he had problems with his visa. He was replaced by Christopher Eccleston; however, the character was named James McCullen XXIV, thus enabling Murray to film a flashback scene as the first Destro, James McCullen I.

    Skip Woods wrote an early draft of the film, which featured Alex Mann (aka Britain's Action Man) and the antagonist as the Naja/Ryan, a corrupt CIA agent. Scarlett is married to Action Man but still has feelings for Duke, and is killed by the Baroness. Snake-Eyes speaks, but his vocal cords are slashed during the story, rendering him mute.

    Lorenzo di Bonaventura originally envisioned Mark Wahlberg for the role of Duke.

    The rapper Common was offered the role of Heavy Duty's cousin Roadblock, but when he turned it down the character was changed to Heavy Duty, who will be played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

    To prepare for her role as the Baroness, Sienna Miller spent four months in weight training and boxing, gaining five pounds of muscle, and also learned to fire live ammunition.

    Dennis Quaid filmed all his scenes in the first two months of production.

    In 2003, Don Murphy was going to produce this film, but negotiated with the Hasbro Company for Transformers (2007) instead. However, cinematographer Mitchell Amundsen was a crew member on both films; and a scene where a soldier leaps over a missile pays homage to Transformers (2007).

    Larry Hama, the creator of "G.I. Joe" (1985), was hired as a creative consultant on the film. He will also have a cameo in the film, as a General in the battle between Duke and Hawk, against Destro and Zartan.

    Channing Tatum originally didn't want to act in this film because he felt it glorified war. When he read the script, however, he understood the story was more a sci-fi action thriller than a war film. He was also encouraged to sign on by his friend and Stop-Loss (2008)-co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

    Best friends Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star as Duke and Cobra Commander, who were arch-enemies in "G.I. Joe" (1985).

    Dennis Quaid describes his character Hawk as "a mixture between Chuck Yeager, Sgt. Rock and a naïve Hugh M. Hefner."

    To prepare for his role as the ninja Snake-Eyes, martial arts/stuntman Ray Park practiced wushu training and studied Snake-Eyes's appearances in the G.I. Joe comic/television series.

    Marlon Wayans was cast as Ripcord after his performance in Requiem for a Dream (2000).

    According to Brian Goldner, the writes took their inspiration mostly from Larry Hama's G.I. Joe comics, and not the animated series. Lorenzo di Bonaventura admits he feels the Cobra Organization, as depicted in the cartoon, was "probably the stupidest evil organization out there!"

    The action scene on the Paris streets were filmed in 14 days at the town Dejvice, Prague, Czech Republic. Filmmakers built shops with flowers, changed school names and parked mostly old French-manufactured cars (about 70 were found and used).

    The interior of Destro's submarine was based on a Handley Page Jetsream plane.

    According to Brendan Fraser, he plays a motorcycle-riding sergeant in the film who is a descendant of Rick O'Connell (also portrayed by Fraser) from Stephen Sommers's The Mummy (1999).

    The Cobra Commander's mask was redesigned as the filmmakers found the "G.I. Joe" (1985) version too similar to the Ku Klux Klan masks, and anyway didn't want to use the same old mask.

    For the voice of the Cobra Commander, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was partly inspired by Chris Latta's voice from "G.I. Joe" (1985), but he also used a bit of his own imagination as he felt that copying Latta's voice fully would be unoriginal and ridiculous.

    The filmmakers enjoyed working with Dennis Quaid so much that screenwriter Stuart Beattie created 10-15 more scenes for him.

    Dennis Quaid took the role of General Hawk on the insistence of his son, a fan of G.I. Joe.

    Rachel Nichols was the first choice for the role of Scarlett O'Hara.

    According to Stephen Sommers, total invisibility is impossible, but the camouflage cameras in the film (they project the view from a soldier's back onto their front) can allow for virtual invisibility.

    The Delta-6 accelerator suits delighted Stuart Beattie and made him write up "a car chase where one guy's not even in a car!" However, they were bulky and heavy for the actors to wear and for any planned sequels their use will be reduced.


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