Walton Goggins Talks G. I. Joe: Retaliation

In a recent Interview with Collider, actor Walton Goggins talked briefly about his involvement with director Jon Chu’s upcoming movie G. I. Joe: Retaliation.

Collider: How did you end up getting involved with G.I. Joe 2?

Mr. Goggins: Well, Lorenzo [di Bonaventura] just approached me. He had been a fan since The Shield, and he said, “I’m doing this big budget movie and I’ve got this role I want you to come play.” If you can bounce back and forth between a studio movie or a big action movie, like Cowboys & Aliens or G.I. Joe, and you balance that out, if you’re so lucky, with a wonderful television show or working with Steven [Spielberg], what better career can you have? One of the reasons why I wanted to do Justified so badly, or wanted to continue once we got up and going, was that I didn’t have to live in pain, every single day. On The Shield, for seven years, I was emotionally fucking wrecked. It was rare that we were just laughing. For the last five years, especially, it was really painful. Justified is lighter in tone, and it’s nice to be around that and show up to work and wear that hat. It’s the same thing for movies. G.I. Joe was fun. Lincoln was serious. I’m going to go do Quentin Tarantino’s movie (Django Unchained), and that’s going to be seriously fun. Once you’re at the buffet table, you just sample everything. That makes for a well-balanced life.

Collider: Was part of the appeal of the G.I. Joe sequel the fact that it’s more grounded in reality, this time around, and not so cartoony?

Mr. Goggins: Yeah, it’s a very, very big part of it. Just because of my personality, for me, comedy comes from pessimism, more often than not, and from a real place. In some ways, I wish I could tell a joke. I’m not good at telling a joke, but I can say a line in a certain way that makes people uncomfortable because they don’t know whether to laugh or not, and I love that comedy. That’s my favorite comedy, when it’s grounded in truth. And, I think G.I. Joe is going to be a really good film.

Walton Goggins is rumored to play an original character for the film; Warden Nigel James.

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  1. SilverOptimus's Avatar SilverOptimus says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Troynos View Post
    What part does he have?
    Warden of Cobra Commander's prison cell as rumored.

  2. Ronnie Dobbs's Avatar Ronnie Dobbs says

    My guess is Cross Country, or a Dreadnok. That would just be so fitting for him. Ya know?

  3. Wylde Weezle's Avatar Wylde Weezle says

    I'm almost certain that's him in the trailer leading a captured Snake Eyes up some steps to a prison building.

  4. M_renegade's Avatar M_renegade says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Wylde Weezle View Post
    I'm almost certain that's him in the trailer leading a captured Snake Eyes up some steps to a prison building.
    Absolutely.
    This.

    He has a black suit.
    (it would be cool to have a figure)

    .

  5. Sciencefriction's Avatar Sciencefriction says

    Every little bit of info that comes out just makes me more and more excited about Retaliation. I really like the cast and characters so far.

  6. poddie's Avatar poddie says

    Quote:
    Im not good at telling a joke, but I can say a line in a certain way that makes people uncomfortable because they dont know whether to laugh or not, and I love that comedy. Thats my favorite comedy, when its grounded in truth. And, I think G.I. Joe is going to be a really good film.
    It's funny... when I read this, it almost sounds like he's trying to make us wonder if the last line he says is a joke.

    I don't think that was the intention... just kind of a side effect of the flow of conversation.

    LOVE this guy in Justified.

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