G.I. Joe’s Heavy Duty Wants to be Black Panther

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who plays Heavy Duty in Stephen Sommer’s upcoming “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” (he’s the big black dude with the big machine gun in all the trailers) tells MTV that he has been talking with Marvel Studios about playing Black Panther in a live-action movie. The role has been previously attached to a number of black actors in Hollywood, most notably Wesley Snipes from a few years back, but this is the first time the former Lost star’s name has been attached.

Adewale tells MTV:

“We’re talking to Marvel about ‘Black Panther’. This is the first round, so you know, hopefully they’ll look at ‘G.I. Joe’ and see the potential. But it’s about time we have a black superhero, isn’t it? He’s from a fictional village in Africa and the timing is so right for that kind of character to come through. And while I’m in my prime, this is the time. We’ve got [U.S. President Barack] Obama, now we need something on screen to represent, so… ‘Panther,’ man.”

Apparently someone has never seen “Blade”. But I digress.

I haven’t seen all that much of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, so if Marvel Studios does end up choosing him, it’ll be an odd choice. He’s already 42-years old, and he doesn’t necessarily have the physique of a superhero, so I’m not sure if he’s really “in his prime” as he claims.

Below: “Hey, white folks, I promise the Black Panther will bring hope and change and ass-kicking you can believe in.”

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    He’s already 42-years old, and he doesn’t necessarily have the physique of a superhero, so I’m not sure if he’s really “in his prime” as he claims. Waiiit a minute. I’m sorry are we talking about the same guy? Ok yes he’s 42, but the man is a brick house. Go watch OZ. Adibese was the man, and NOBODY could f*ck with him. Let him work out and get more cut and he’s good. Howeer my personal choice for the part in Djimon Honsou. NOW he has a superhero’s build, done action, has the presence, and the perfect accent.

  • Deadpool3678

    He’s already 42-years old, and he doesn’t necessarily have the physique of a superhero, so I’m not sure if he’s really “in his prime” as he claims. Waiiit a minute. I’m sorry are we talking about the same guy? Ok yes he’s 42, but the man is a brick house. Go watch OZ. Adibese was the man, and NOBODY could f*ck with him. Let him work out and get more cut and he’s good. Howeer my personal choice for the part in Djimon Honsou. NOW he has a superhero’s build, done action, has the presence, and the perfect accent.

  • iAREren

    I think he looks more like a Brother Voodoo. =P

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      WHO? Honsuo or “Heavy Duty”? Actually Either could play Brother Voodoo (now Dr. VooDoo), but Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje would be better to me. Honou’s Papa Midnite in Constantine was badass though.

  • iAREren

    I think he looks more like a Brother Voodoo. =P

    • Deadpool3678

      WHO? Honsuo or “Heavy Duty”? Actually Either could play Brother Voodoo (now Dr. VooDoo), but Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje would be better to me. Honou’s Papa Midnite in Constantine was badass though.

  • Records

    I’m so sick of black people who use the phrase, “It’s about time…” Cause of how we’re still oppressing them to this day. Last I checked, there were several super hero movies out there that supported a black lead role. Let’s see, there was (as you stated) Blade, Steel, and The Spirit (granted, a villian).

    Here’s one for you, Mr. Heavy Duty, “It’s about time you stopped being racist and playing the race card.”

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      YOU DID NOT count Steel. That was a horrible movie. And where did he say anything about people being oppressed. I agree with him actually. Other than Blade we haven’t gotten a superhero movie where the MAIN character was black. And one that wasn’t from the streets, or urban or something. He’s not playing the race card. Hell I don’t really count Blade as a superhero flick, it’s more action horro. So was the comic it’s based on. He’s talking full-fledged tights wearing Title character. Like Black Panther, Luke Cage, Black Lightning(which I think would be awesome) or hell even Brother Voodoo. Blade was less about the character than him just killing vampires. Sure he has to fight his mom and kill her, but thats about it for the character. Very one diensional asskicker. Nothing wrong with that but he wants to see more and so do I.

  • Records

    I’m so sick of black people who use the phrase, “It’s about time…” Cause of how we’re still oppressing them to this day. Last I checked, there were several super hero movies out there that supported a black lead role. Let’s see, there was (as you stated) Blade, Steel, and The Spirit (granted, a villian).

    Here’s one for you, Mr. Heavy Duty, “It’s about time you stopped being racist and playing the race card.”

    • Deadpool3678

      YOU DID NOT count Steel. That was a horrible movie. And where did he say anything about people being oppressed. I agree with him actually. Other than Blade we haven’t gotten a superhero movie where the MAIN character was black. And one that wasn’t from the streets, or urban or something. He’s not playing the race card. Hell I don’t really count Blade as a superhero flick, it’s more action horro. So was the comic it’s based on. He’s talking full-fledged tights wearing Title character. Like Black Panther, Luke Cage, Black Lightning(which I think would be awesome) or hell even Brother Voodoo. Blade was less about the character than him just killing vampires. Sure he has to fight his mom and kill her, but thats about it for the character. Very one diensional asskicker. Nothing wrong with that but he wants to see more and so do I.

  • Beijing Avenger

    How about this instead – why don’t all these obscenely wealthy blacks get together and produce a movie with a CHINESE hero???

    Of course, they never will. Blacks are far too rascist to do anything that doesn’t serve themselves.

    • gaga

      It’s not that! I would love to see an asian hero in america but what about the whites don’t you think their racist to asians too? i do think hollywood is racist because in hollywood it’s martial arts and its a shame that talented asian actors don’t succeed because of hollywood narrow and simple-minded money makers.i’m black and i don’t care what race a hero is diversity 4ever!!!

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Okay okay. Now people are bugging out. Seriously. Racist? Wrong choice of words.
      Okay lets step back a minute.
      There’s a legitamate call for more black heroes. And in a time where some are actually coming to the forefront in comics and such, now WOULD be the best time to capitalize on it. And that’s what it ends up being about. MONEY!
      Are black or even Asian heroes marketable to anyone that’s not a fan of the source material? Seriously and I know it’s sad to say as a black man (with a love and healthy respect for asian culture and cinema). It’s a hard thing to sell. Outside of the target fanbase and that’s what needs to be overcome. We live in a very marginalized society, where PC is in but people still have their preferences and social prejudices. Racism implies having power as well as discrimination. And EVERYONE discriminates whetther they admit it or not. In the end it all comes down to money and what can make the most.

      I’d love to see a Shang-Chi or Luke Cage film. But if someone really wants something done then they gotta do it themselves. Seriously, like the “Kick-Ass” movie. Not alot of funding, and no one wanted to pick it up but it still got made because someone believed in it. Now studios are fighting over it. Asian filmakers do it all the time. If they have a vision, they make it. They find away. Black filmakers do it too. Tyler Perry got turned down left and right, and now he’s got his own prodcution company. Robert Rodriguez made “El Mariachi” for pennies compared to a hollyowood budget. You both have valid points but you’re also ignoring facts like the casting of Rain in “Ninja Assassin,” and Joe Chou as Kato in the Green Hornet. It’s a start. Hollywood, hell the world isn’t perfect but it’s slowly getting better.

  • Beijing Avenger

    How about this instead – why don’t all these obscenely wealthy blacks get together and produce a movie with a CHINESE hero???

    Of course, they never will. Blacks are far too rascist to do anything that doesn’t serve themselves.

    • gaga

      It’s not that! I would love to see an asian hero in america but what about the whites don’t you think their racist to asians too? i do think hollywood is racist because in hollywood it’s martial arts and its a shame that talented asian actors don’t succeed because of hollywood narrow and simple-minded money makers.i’m black and i don’t care what race a hero is diversity 4ever!!!

    • Dedpool

      Okay okay. Now people are bugging out. Seriously. Racist? Wrong choice of words.
      Okay lets step back a minute.
      There’s a legitamate call for more black heroes. And in a time where some are actually coming to the forefront in comics and such, now WOULD be the best time to capitalize on it. And that’s what it ends up being about. MONEY!
      Are black or even Asian heroes marketable to anyone that’s not a fan of the source material? Seriously and I know it’s sad to say as a black man (with a love and healthy respect for asian culture and cinema). It’s a hard thing to sell. Outside of the target fanbase and that’s what needs to be overcome. We live in a very marginalized society, where PC is in but people still have their preferences and social prejudices. Racism implies having power as well as discrimination. And EVERYONE discriminates whetther they admit it or not. In the end it all comes down to money and what can make the most.

      I’d love to see a Shang-Chi or Luke Cage film. But if someone really wants something done then they gotta do it themselves. Seriously, like the “Kick-Ass” movie. Not alot of funding, and no one wanted to pick it up but it still got made because someone believed in it. Now studios are fighting over it. Asian filmakers do it all the time. If they have a vision, they make it. They find away. Black filmakers do it too. Tyler Perry got turned down left and right, and now he’s got his own prodcution company. Robert Rodriguez made “El Mariachi” for pennies compared to a hollyowood budget. You both have valid points but you’re also ignoring facts like the casting of Rain in “Ninja Assassin,” and Joe Chou as Kato in the Green Hornet. It’s a start. Hollywood, hell the world isn’t perfect but it’s slowly getting better.