MTV Movies Blog caught up with Channing Tatum recently and attempted to ask him about the rumors that his character dies in GI Joe Retaliation. Though they didn’t get a definitive answer, here’s a description of what transpired:Thing is, based on the trailer, it looks as though Tatum’s character very likely does not last long in the film. I attempted to get Tatum to own up to Duke’s early departure with a few pointed, wink-and-nudge-type questions. First, what can he tell fans about his character’s arc in the film?
“I don’t know. I think they’re going to have to check it out,” he said. “I think that the movie is going to be better than the first one. I think that Jon Chu has a younger, hipper sensibility. [‘Rise of Cobra’ director] Stephen Sommers is great, I really enjoyed working with him, but I think this movie is going to be a little hipper. A little bit more edgy.”
Should we prep for seeing a lot of Duke screen time?
“I don’t know,” Tatum said with a smile, beginning to see where I was going with my line of questioning. “I’m not sure. I haven’t seen the final cut.”
Then this tidbit:At this point in our conversation, Tatum’s “Vow” co-star Rachel McAdams, who was seated next to him in the video but out of frame, seemed confused about where we were going with the conversation so I whispered to her that rumor has it that Tatum’s character dies in the movie, which made Tatum laugh out loud.
“Really?” he giggled, acting surprised.
Whether the death of Tatum’s character was deliberately teased in the 1st trailer, or will actually happen remains to be seen. The next full glimpse of footage will be in a few days, with the GI Joe Retaliation Super Bowl Trailer.