MTV Grills Channing Tatum About His "Death" In GI Joe Retaliation

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.

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  1. krooklyn's Avatar krooklyn says

    I know a number of you dislike his performance in ROC and Tatum never appeared to be very supportive of ROC. But, I like the character and I can only hope that death is their final answer for Duke.
    If there is one thing that does kinda annoy me in movies, is how often they "kill off" well characters. Be it hero or especially enemy (Raimi's Spiderman: Green Goblin, Doc Oct, etc. Singer's X-Men: Toad, Sabretooth, etc.)

  2. CobraCommandr's Avatar CobraCommandr says

    I'll tell you one thing, either he dies or he just isn't in the movie that much. He isn't giving a straight answer and you know if he was in the movie a lot and they asked, he'd just say yeah and that he had fun doing a lot of the scenes. He'd go into detail into what he had to do in scenes, just like all the other actors have been.

    He can't say he dies or he's not in it that much, because of the importance of his character and how it was played in the first movie. Basically, this is him trying to bluff whenever asked about it and let's just say he has a terrible poker face.

  3. gunslingercbr's Avatar gunslingercbr says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by krooklyn View Post
    I know a number of you dislike his performance in ROC and Tatum never appeared to be very supportive of ROC. But, I like the character and I can only hope that death is their final answer for Duke.
    If there is one thing that does kinda annoy me in movies, is how often they "kill off" well characters. Be it hero or especially enemy (Raimi's Spiderman: Green Goblin, Doc Oct, etc. Singer's X-Men: Toad, Sabretooth, etc.)
    for a movie it makes sense for villains to die. in action movies, the villain always dies at the end. that's the finality audiences expect from movies.

    nobody paid to see Hans Gruber be taken alive in Die Hard, they paid to see he got what he deserved. comic book movies are no different. they aren't the comic which is an ongoing story, they are individual movies with an end, and an end for the villains.

  4. krooklyn's Avatar krooklyn says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gunslingercbr View Post
    for a movie it makes sense for villains to die. in action movies, the villain always dies at the end. that's the finality audiences expect from movies.

    nobody paid to see Hans Gruber be taken alive in Die Hard, they paid to see he got what he deserved. comic book movies are no different. they aren't the comic which is an ongoing story, they are individual movies with an end, and an end for the villains.
    True dat. I just hate to see them written out with a death. I understand the current movie shifting from the unpopular ROC, I just hope they didn't write out all the ROC cast (as far as Joe team members) as dead.

  5. zedhatch has no avatar! zedhatch says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gunslingercbr View Post
    for a movie it makes sense for villains to die. in action movies, the villain always dies at the end. that's the finality audiences expect from movies.

    nobody paid to see Hans Gruber be taken alive in Die Hard, they paid to see he got what he deserved. comic book movies are no different. they aren't the comic which is an ongoing story, they are individual movies with an end, and an end for the villains.
    Magneto didn't die, Joker didn't die, it's not a be all end all move.

  6. RolandofGilead's Avatar RolandofGilead says

    It's just hard when you're looking at a villain (or hero) who's been involved in a story line for years, or decades only to see them die after only a couple of hours.

    How long did Two Face reign in Dark Knight? Maybe 15 minutes before getting killed?

  7. gunslingercbr's Avatar gunslingercbr says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by zedhatch View Post
    Magneto didn't die, Joker didn't die, it's not a be all end all move.
    exceptions do not make the rule.

  8. krooklyn's Avatar krooklyn says

    Ok, I see my post/ thread got a lil' front page treatment (yay me). Thank you mods. But the new article title is inaccurate as all hell. The possible death of Duke in Retaliation is only questioned and never answered. If anything, an obvious rumor that is making the circles, being asked about by MTV just adds more speculation.

  9. krooklyn's Avatar krooklyn says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RolandofGilead View Post
    It's just hard when you're looking at a villain (or hero) who's been involved in a story line for years, or decades only to see them die after only a couple of hours.

    How long did Two Face reign in Dark Knight? Maybe 15 minutes before getting killed?
    Yeah! It would be nice to see some of the villains not "bite the bullet". I liked how Nolan treated the Joker in TDK, but felt a lil' disappointing that Dent couldn't just elude death.

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