Update: I previously mixed up Rise of Cobra and Retaliation. This article has been corrected and I apologize for the mix-up.
Every actor has at least one project he/she regrets. Hugh Jackman regrets Movie 43, George Clooney wishes he never did Batman and Robin, and today on the Howard Stern Show, Channing Tatum flat-out said he "f*****g hated" 2009's G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra.
According to Tatum, the only reason he did Rise of Cobra was because of a three-picture deal he had with Paramount Pictures. Much like Kelly Clarkson's involvement in From Justin to Kelly, Channing Tatum's role in Rise of Cobra was strictly a contractual obligation.
On the subject of the first G.I. Joe movie, Tatum said to Howard Stern:
“Look, I’ll be honest. I f–king hate that movie. I hate that movie […] I was pushed into doing that movie. From Coach Carter, they signed me to a three-picture deal […] They give you the contract and they go, ‘Three-picture deal, here you go.’ And as a young [actor], you’re like, ‘Oh my god, that sounds amazing, I’m doing that!’”
As it turns out, sometimes a multi-picture deal isn't all it's cracked up to be. G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra was one of Tatum's first blockbuster roles, and when you're starting out in Hollywood, sometimes you have to do bad projects. For Tatum, the script is the one thing he hated the most.
The script wasn’t any good [...] I didn’t want to do something that I thought was 1.) bad, and 2.) I just didn’t know if I wanted to be G.I. Joe.
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra was released to predominantly negative reviews. Tatum's criticism of the script turned out to be the main complaint with the movie, with many critics saying it was jam-packed with cheesy one-liners and an overkill of cartoonish action sequences.
Tatum also added that he would have likely been sued if he said "no" to Rise of Cobra. He said that while he was grateful to have been given the job in the first place, he was pretty much forced to make the movie:
‘You’re doing this or we’re gonna sue you.’”
It really makes you wonder if Tatum disliked some of his other less-regarded films like White House Down and Jupiter Ascending. If you were in his position, would you take on the lawsuit or suck it up and do the bad movie?