G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra will screen in cinemas this August


Dennis Quaid (left) will portray Hawk while Channing Tatum (right) is cast as Duke in G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra. This live action film adaptation of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy franchise will open in cinemas this August.


G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, the live-action movie adaptation of the GI Joesaga, hits screens this August 2009. Here are excerpts from an interview with DennisQuaid, who will play General Hawk in this upcoming film.


Q&A: DENNIS QUAIDQ: You are playing GeneralHawk in G.I. Joe. Can you talk a little bit about how you came to thatproject and what that is going to be all about?
Quaid: They offered me to be inthat about a month ago, and I think it will be a lot of fun to do.

Why?
Quaid: Because it's G.I. Joe.I grew up with G.I. Joe and it's basically kind of a cartoon thing.It's a big popcorn type of tent pole, action movie, which really isn't deep.The character General Hawk that I'm playing is really kind of a cross betweenChuck Yeager, Sergeant Rock, and maybe a naïve Hugh Hefner thrown in there.General Hawk ate the canvas, he has a Victoria Secret super model. How seriouscan it be?

A lot of people are wondering, with the material, that it's going to be anaction film. How are you going to do the bloodless action? Is this a Rated "R"movie? There are a lot of questions from fans about how the material will bedealt with.
Quaid: Well, how do you do Spider-Manwithout blood? Basically it's the same deal.

You start next week (on G.I. Joe). Have you done any sort ofrehearsals? Have you had to train on any weapons? Also, can you tell us whatthe movie is about?
I really don't know what it's about. It's set a little bit in the future. TheJoe's are this international Special Forces type of group. They mainly fightthese terrorist groups that spring up. The movie is more like James Bond. Thegroup is the specter, there is this evil mastermind behind it, and I think it'sgoing to be more like the old James Bonds. Like "Dr. No" where the mastermindhas his own private island and all these people are wearing magic cover alls.

Are you going to have a flat top as General Hawk?
No, I don't think so. Special forces, I can do anything I want, so I think I'mactually doing a little blonde, Robert Redford-ish type of thing.

Have you done any training or rehearsals for the "Joe" project?
I'm getting more buff.

Do you work out everyday?
I take a little human growth hormone every morning. I lie around and watch thebabies. [Laughs]

And you have an action figure?
Yeah, an action figure, that's right. I've already been an action figure. I'llhave another one.


G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra is distributed in the Philippines by UnitedInternational Pictures.

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