G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Friday, July 31, 2009
By Sara Moore
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First Transformers and now G.I. Joe, Hasbro’s action figures are once again brought to life for movie-goers to enjoy this summer. In this new film, an elite team of operatives known as G.I. Joe travel the world using the latest spy technology and military equipment to fight the duplicitous arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization from plunging the world into chaos.

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Rising star Channing Tatum stars as Duke and comedian Marlon Wayans plays his sidekick Ripcord. Duke is introduced to the G.I. Joe team while accompanied by Ripcord, who has been his wisecracking Special Forces sidekick for ten years. Wayans said that because he grew up poor in a housing project with nine other siblings, his family couldn’t afford action figures and so they had to improvise. “We used to play with roaches and paint them green to make our own G.I. Joe action figures,” he quips. “I used to want to play with them, so it’s fun to actually be a G.I. Joe. We get to do a lot of fighting, kind of like when we were kids playing cowboys and Indians, or army soldiers or war. Except now I’m getting paid.”

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The film also stars Ray Park as deadly ninja Snake Eyes, Rachel Nichols as the weapon-savvy Scarlett, fashion model Karolina Kurkova as Courtney “Cover Girl” Kreiger, Sienna Miller as Baroness and Ana who has a past that both haunts and drives her, and Christopher Eccleston as the evil Destro.

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G.I. Joe is a Paramount Pictures release and opens in theaters nationwide on August 7, 2009.

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