Interview: Adrianne Palicki Promises Badass Lady Jaye in ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’

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GI Joe 2 Lady Jaye Interview Interview: Adrianne Palicki Promises Badass Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Last month was rough for women in comic books. The internet had a public debate about if Shailene Woodley was “hot enough” to play Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and fan-made Wonder Woman short caused controversy after viewers argued that the footage was more focused on objectifying the character than showcasing action.

The timing is now, and needed, for a strong female superhero. Could that person be Adrianne Palicki’s Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe: Retaliation?

Sure, in the comics and cartoon, Lady Jaye was a weapons expert, but being smart and tough didn’t help Scarlett or Baroness when they transitioned into live action in 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Rachel Nichols’ Scarlett was saddled withtwo goofy, globular breast shields, and Sienna Miller’s Baroness had to do all her fight scenes in askin-tight suit – with built-in six-inch heels. Plus, don’t forget the official Rise of Cobra poster – which seemed to pose Miller solely to show off her body (Scarlett Johansson struck a similar pose in certain Avengers’ posters).

During the press day for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights and TV’s most recent Wonder Woman) admitted she was initially scared that her Lady Jaye would end up too sexy to be taken seriously:

“It’s always nerve-racking to see what they’re going to do with your character. I was afraid they were going to put her in leather and spandex and sexualize the hell out of her.”

Instead, she was relieved when new-to-the-franchise director Jon M. Chu put her in fatigues and boxy vests:

“John had a really strong view of what she was going to be like. He wanted her when she was in civilian gear. She was wearing boy t-shirts and boy jeans, and not completely this sexual object. She was a strong chick, one of the boys, not standing out.”

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Audiences have become so accustomed to seeing female fighters as the “hot chick,” it’s almost striking when Lady Jaye spends much of the film wearing an oversized blue t-shirt – as if she and the guys are going to wash cars (rather than star in a film). In addition, a major element of her character’s back story is that she joined the military solely to prove to her misogynist Army father that women could hold their own in a fight – her goal was to rise so high in the ranks that he’d be forced to salute her.

“Lady Jaye was just always such a badass. There are very few strong female characters I think in Hollywood these days.”

Palicki does get one uber-glamorous scene when she slinks into a red dress – to try to squeeze information out of Jonathan Pryce’s double-dealing president:

“She’s able to use her femininity when needed as a tool.”

Still, Lady Jaye isn’t entirely one of the boys – and G.I. Joe: Retaliation pays tribute to the  long-running romance between the character and D.J. Cotrona’s Flint.

GI Joe Retaliation Director Jon Chu Interview Interview: Adrianne Palicki Promises Badass Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Can this incarnation of Lady Jaye make amends for the last month of anti-female superhero chatter? We’ll find out when G.I. Joe: Retaliation hits theaters on March 28th.

Check back soon for more interviews with the cast and crew. However, if you’re eager for more G.I. Joe Retaliation info right now, make sure to check out the G.I. Joe: Retaliation news archive – which includes the following featured articles along with much more:

G.I. Joe: Retaliation opens on March 29, 2013.

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  1. I love the direction of the film- a sweet combination of grounded badassery yet summer (spring?) blockbuster film. I enjoy the fact of that instead of just simply rebooting the franchise or make a direct sequel hoping for the best with only ‘tweaks’, the filmmakers made an effort to follow the storyline but really fix what seemed to be the problem of the first film and head in a new direction without compromising itself in the process.

    I like Adrianne Palicki recognizes the problem following these “tough girls” lately on screen and tried to deviate that along with the filmmakers while also recognizing the femininity but not allowing it to define her as a person. Based on that alone, and hopefully the film proves this so, it is really a shame that Adrianne Palicki was not allowed to prove herself as Wonder Woman. Damn crappy tv show… She may get another chance.

    Back at the topic at hand, I like what I am hearing and it definitely fits the new direction of the franchise as it should have always been- a grounded bordering on semi-fantasy, gritty yet fun, military high flying blockbuster

  2. This film and her role in it look pretty cool so far…

    • Wow I cannot buy her as scarlett and why did they have to get rid of damon wayans, best part of the first movie if u ask me. Willis and rock are oversaturating themselves its hard to respect either of their career choices now since they took from the nic cage book on selling out 101.

      • She’s not playing Scarlett; she’s playing Lady Jaye…completely different character.

        Damon Wayans was a joke in the first movie.

  3. Troll Much? Since people don’t know the difference between Scarlett and Lady Jay! Wonder why Lady Jay doesn’t have her trademark hair?

  4. Yeah Damon Wayans was a joke everyone always knew Duke and Scarlett were an item!

    • Um just to note that it was marlon wayans, damon is the older brother with no hair. Now you may continue with your locally scheduled programming.

      • Oops…you’re right. I simply responded to omc without really paying attention to the name.

    • pawn65…

      I’m not sure to whom you’re responding, but it seems (placement of the comment aside) that it’s to me.

      In that case, I can only say that I was making a point about the character Palicki is playing, based on the incorrect statement made by omc. Thus, it’s not trolling…nor do I ever troll.

      As for Scarlett’s choice of boyfriends, I have to imagine you’re simply trying to be funny, since she is (at least, in the comics) most often associated/paired with Snake Eyes.

  5. I saw this last night & her character is pretty flat. There’s the obligatory backstory, of course, but other than that she’s kind of just… there. Bruce Willis’ character makes a big deal out of needing her skills at one point, and she ends up just driving a car? Not so badass. Not to mention her makeup manages to stay perfect throughout the entire movie, her hair is always someone styled, and she’s almost a radioactive shade of orange.

    Still, she’s a massive step-up from most other females in action movies. She gets a few good lines, her interaction with Willis’ character enables some of his best lines, and she actually gets some decent weapons & action scenes.

  6. Adrianne Palicki for Gamora

  7. I saw G.I.Joe:Retaliation on Good Friday and I thought it was pretty damn good WAY better than The Rise of Cobra,and Adrianne Palicki was perfect as Lady Jay,she stood out to me better than the other female G.I.Joe in the movie named Jinx,but all in all it was a fun action flick that was true to the G.I.Joe comics and short lived cartoon that was on The Hub network about two years ago.