'The Rock' Talks G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Roadblock, Bruce Willis & More

by Outsiders
April 16, 2012
Entertainment Weekly talked to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson about the G.I. Joe: Retaliation movie, his character of 'Roadblock' and anything else they could get out of him. Below are some of the highlights but click here for a link to the complete interview.

EW: What can you tell us about G.I. Joe: Retaliation?

DJ: I can tell you this one is creatively much different [from the first]. Itís rooted, itís grounded, itís real. The studio came to me and I loved the idea of starring in the movie because I grew up on G.I. Joe and itís a massive property. I spoke to the studio and they told me about the creative shift that they wanted to make with the movie, which made it easy for me to sign on.

EW: Can you give us some idea about the plot?

DJ: Absolutely. The Cobra command is trying to take over the world. I emerge as the leader. I go get Bruce Willis and we start kicking aĖ all over the place and stopping that!

EW: What can you say about your character, Roadblock?

DJ: In the mythology of G.I. Joe, Roadblock is the glue that holds the Joes together. The added layer to that for me was to make him a B.A.M.F. You know what that means?

EW: Who does Bruce Willis play?

DJ: Bruce Willis plays the original Joe, Joe Colton. He fitted so nicely into this role. Iíve been not only a fan of Bruce since I was a teenager but a friend of his for years now. And us together, in these roles, as a fan of movies but also as a fan of action heroes, Iím excited about this. Bruce does that very well. And when I say ďThatĒ I mean, ďThereís a problem, Iím going to fix it, and I have a gun.Ē [Laughs] We both do that very well.

Channing Tatum returns from the first one, as does Jonathan Pryce. So there are some plot connections between The Rise of Cobra and Retaliation?

Yeah, sure, sure. There are some plot connections with the first and the second. Iíll tell you this: Out of great tragedy often emerges new leaders and, through a great tragedy that takes place with the Joes, new leaders emerge.Ē

EW: Where did you shoot the movie?

DJ: We were all in New Orleans. We were the first production that was allowed to shoot inside of NASA there in New Orleans. They were nice enough to let us shoot in there, and utilize everything that they had, which was amazing. We made a complete mess of the place and probably screwed it up for any production thatís going to come in there after us. We had a lot of explosions there. But we cleaned up everything nicely!

EW: Would you be up for making another G.I. Joe?

DJ: I would. Definitely. The world ainít saving itself! Me and Bruce and the Joes, weíve got some saving to do!


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