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I couldn’t help but notice that one of the major new characters in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” who seemed to be missing amongst the character posters roll-out last week was Flint, played by D.J. Cotrona. Was he not as big a character in the sesquel as I had concluded? Couldn’t be, since he’s in a lot of the promo pics so far, and he’s also all over the trailers.
Turns out, director Jon Chu was just waiting until today to release Flint on us via Twitter. So here he is, Flint in his own character poster.
Meanwhile, director Jon Chu recently spoke with THR about casting “Retaliation”, specifically the film’s two main men, Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock and Bruce Willis as Joe Colton. He had this to way about landing Willis for Colton:
He was always our dream guy to play Joe Colton, the original Joe, [but] I didn’t necessarily know if he would ever do something like this. It’s such a very specific brand — the character Joe Colton exists, but not really. But the question I keep getting from people like my mom is, “well, who plays Joe?” And there is no Joe, but we had this character Joe Colton that we built into the movie that would help bring it back to the basics. That was a big part of the movie — these guys don’t have laser guns; they are relearning how to be a soldier all on the ground, how to be a leader, how to make moral decisions, all those things, reset it all. And Bruce is the guy [to anchor that]. So Lorenzo [di Bonaventura] reached out to him, but when you’re courting Bruce it’s not like, he’s going to do it – yay! It’s months and months of winning his trust, him learning about who I am and learning what the brand is about. And I never really thought it would fully happen until he showed up on set, but he came through and he was awesome. I mean, he exudes the tone of the movie because he’s so cool and he’s so that guy, but at the same time doesn’t take himself too seriously. He just gives you that little wink, or whenever he says one line you just get it. So it was fun — and to have [him and Dwayne Johnson] both next to each other is blowing my mind. They love each other, Bruce and Dwayne. I’m surprised they’ve never been in a movie together, so Bruce, him and then the brand, G.I. Joe, they all just up the ante. No matter what I do in the movie, it already has a specific tone.
Apparently Chu had a better time with Willis than one Kevin Smith, who has made something of a second career out of telling Willis stories on the speaking circuit after the two worked on “Cop Out” (aka “A Couple of Dicks”) together last year.