Fans of G.I. Joe predictably rolled their eyes in fear with the news that Marlon Wayans, noted for his comedy films, was going to be playing Ripcord in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. However, Wayans recently reassured MTV that the film was going to remain true to the action-adventure roots of the cartoon.
"The movie is serious, action and some comedy - but not all comedy," insisted Wayans. "You pull off the reigns; I did what was appropriate for the role and for the character."
Wayans went on to say that he embraced the chance to be an action hero, saying "It wasn't about 'Hey, let it be the me comedy show.' It is G.I. Joe. It's supposed to be badass action. So you commit to it - and I found the fun in being a badass, for once in my life."
That said, Wayans wasn't a huge fan of actually filming the scene's stunt sequences, as he described his experience with the accelerator suits used in the movie. "They may look cool, but if hell were a suit, they would be the accelerator suit," he laughed. "They make you run 45-55 miles an hour [in the movie]. We are doing a high-speed chase, chasing down the Cobra bad guys. We are wearing those uniforms and shooting missiles [in the scene glimpsed in the trailer]. They are really cool, but really uncomfortable."
Wayans also wasn't a huge fan of performing the HALO jumps out of the helicopters in the film. "That wasn't fun," he said, addressing his director with thoughts of the sequel. "Stephen Sommers, I will say to you: Please, next time, stuntman. A black dude who looks like me? He jumps out of the plane, not the actor. Shoot him, not me. Let's make sure we bring a black dude to Prague next time."
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra is scheduled for an August 7, 2009 release. The film stars Ray Parks, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Said Taghmaoui, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Marlon Wayans, Channing Tatum, Dennis Quiad, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Arnold Vosloo, Karolina Isela Kurkov, Byung Hun Lee and Christopher Eccleston.