The Huffington Post 02/15/2012
While “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” director Jon Chu and its producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, make it clear that this sequel is technically not a reboot, that didn’t stop star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson from calling it a reboot. And if you’ve ever had the opportunity to stand next to the 6′ 4″ tall The Rock for a few minutes, I can tell you now from experience, you find yourself slightly compelled to just take his word for it. I had the chance to talk to Johnson for a few minutes at the American International Toy Fair on Monday about his role as Roadblock in the G.I. Joe sequel — and Roadblock’s newfound relation to Arashikage. If we could have only been a fly on the wall when the adolescent Rock sent his G.I. Joe figures on a date with Princess Leia…
(Yes, warning, this is a very nerdy interview with The Rock.)
OK, you’re a couple of years older than me, and I remember in 2nd grade really getting into G.I. Joe when the action figure line was released. So, were you into G.I. Joe in 4th grade? Or was that not cool in 4th grade?
Yeah, that was cool. I thought it was cool. Look, I was playing with G.I. Joe when I was 21 and I still made that bitch cool [laughs]. No, it was cool. When I was a kid, I loved G.I. Joe.
Other than “Star Wars,” it was my thing.
I was just going to say, me too! “Star Wars” and G.I. Joe. Completely different worlds, but still a fun world to live vicariously through. I mean, my top figures were Boba Fett, the G.I. Joes, and Han Solo.