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Alisha Grauso

Remember when you were a kid, and you made your Voltron dolls play with your He-Man and She-Ra action figures and then they all went to a party at the Barbie mansion and then the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles showed up? If you were at all a child of the 80s, you know what I'm talking about. Millennial generation nothing, 80s kids created the original fanfic mash-ups.

As it turns out, real-life action figure and star of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, was no different as a kid, as he revealed in a new interview with Metro UK. Even though he's a huge action star now, he never forgets where he came from, and how much fun it is to do what he does:

How important was GI Joe for you growing up?

I played with my GI Joe and Star Wars action figures every day. They mingled. I was always creating scenarios with them, so, looking back, they were very important. The cool, emotional connectivity to all that, with me coming full circle by starring in this movie, is a very cool thing.

Is it true Navy SEALs were on the set of GI Joe: Retaliation, helping to create a realistic portrayal of warfare?

Yes. They are the real superheroes. The men and women of our military are always inspiring to me. I have family who have served and family who are Navy SEALs, so I have an emotional connection. Even though GI Joe is heightened reality, we wanted to pay homage and make the movie real boots-to-the-ground gritty, with that spirit.

You use quite a few guns in the film – how comfortable are you with weapons?

I think you are weird and insecure if you have a sense of empowerment when you pick up weapons that aren’t firing real rounds on a movie set [laughs]. It’s fun. One of the great things about Roadblock is he fires a massive weapon, locked into a tank, that he can take off and fire. For a fan of action, and for the little kid in me who loves that, it was awesome.

What was it like to act alongside Bruce Willis?

That guy is something else. I’ve been buddies with Bruce for a while. He’s iconic. He’s been one of the world’s biggest movie stars for a long time, so us together, guns in our hands, saving the world as GI Joes, was cool.

Did you ever speak to Bruce about being an action star?

We had a few conversations about it when we first met, ten or 12 years ago. I became buddies with him when I first started acting and he was very supportive of me and my transition. Since then, we have had conversations but not necessarily about being an action star; more about the gratitude we have for the business.

The Rock seems like he'd be a really solid guy to interview, no? His responses are always gracious and candid, and he seems to just love life. Not to mention the fact he could probably shot-put the average person at least 25 yards.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation is out on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D now.

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