As a kid, I had a core group of favorite Joes– and the center of the group where Gung-Ho and Roadblock! In some ways they were the Riggs & Murtaugh, Butch & Sundance, . On of my favorite stories featuring them was in Marvel Comics G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vol 1 #39 – #41 which involved a mission to Sierra Gordo. Two of my favorites were front and center– what’s not to love?!
When it came time to play one of the largest Joes in the sequel film, Paramount went to one of the biggest names in entertainment – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It’s a brilliant move as who else would be able to wield the giant M2 (as seen above) and yet still exude the charisma to play the team’s resident heavy machine gunner and chef? The Rock brings with him not only a fan base but a strong confident portrayal of a fan-favorite character with the action-hero chops to back it up. Seriously– the casting director should get one heck of a Christmas bonus for this!
Now if only Gung-Ho can join him in the sequel!
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