Opening in theaters on March 28th is the new action film G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which is a sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and based on Hasbo's popular line of toys, comic books, and cartoon series. The movie was directed by Jon M. Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never), and features returning stars Channing Tatum (Haywire), Ray Park (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace), Byung-hun Lee (I Saw the Devil), Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy), and Jonathan Pryce (Tomorrow Never Dies), as well as newcomers to the franchise such as Dwayne Johnson (Fast Five), Adrianne Palicki (Red Dawn), D.J. Cotrona (Dear John), Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone), Elodie Yung (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Walton Goggins (Django Unchained), RZA (The Man with the Iron Fists), and Bruce Willis (A Good Day to Die Hard).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with D.J. Cotrona to talk about his role in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The popular actor discussed the new film, why it has a different tone than the original, playing the pivotal role of Flint, how he's been a fan of the character since he was a kid, telling Flint's origin story, having Duke pass the torch to him during the course of the film, the importance of Flint and Lady Jaye's (Palicki) romance to the franchise's mythology, his concerns when he heard that the director of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never was directing the film, what he learned from working with Bruce Willis, why Dwayne Johnson is the nicest guy in Hollywood, and which obscure G.I. Joe characters he would like to see pop up in a possible sequel.
To watch our exclusive interview with D.J. Cotrona about G.I. Joe: Retaliation, please click on the video player above.
The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra, but they are also forced to contend with threats from within their own goverment that jeopardizes their very existence.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation opens in theaters on March 28th.