While out promoting his latest film Vantage Point, actor Dennis Quaid was approached about his participation in the upcoming big screen adaptation of Hasbro's G.I. Joe. Our good friend, Frosty, over at Collider broached the subject with the actor, getting some pretty good soundbites.
When asked why he took the role, Quaid answered "Cause it's G.I. Joe. We grew up with G.I. Joe and it's kind of a cartoon thing. It's a big popcorn tent pole action movie. It's not deep. The character of General Hawk that I'm playing is kind of a cross between Chuck Yeager and Sgt. Rock. Maybe a naive Hugh Hefner thrown in there. General Hawk's aide to camp is a Victoria Secret supermodel so how serious can it be?"
About the bloodless action of the film, Quaid simply stated, "How did they do Spider-Man without blood. It's kind of the same deal." He then went on to describe the plot, "It's set in the future. In a way the Joe's are an international Special Forces group that mainly fights these terrorists groups that spring up. It's really more like James Bond. Where the evil mastermind has his own private island and all these people are wearing matching coveralls."
Will Dennis be sporting Hawk's trademark flattop? Don't count on it, "No, I don't think so. I'm Special Forces. I can do anything I want. I'm actually thinking about going a little blond. I'm actually lifting, trying to look like the cartoon."
This last bit came directly from a chat Collider had with Quaid after the press conference was over: "Hopefully it is going to be a franchise. I am signed for three movies."
G.I. Joe will hit theaters on August 7th, 2009.