Marlon Wayans Swears G.I. Joe Is More Action Than Jokes

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ripcord1 Marlon Wayans Swears G.I. Joe Is More Action Than Jokes

Ever since Marlon Wayans was cast as Ripcord in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, there have been moans and groans all over the ‘Net from those who feel that Wayans’ inclusion in G.I. Joe’s ranks was a sure sign that director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) was stuffing Rise of Cobra with the kind of lame one-liners and jokes that can be a death-knell for action flicks.

Well, Marlon Wayans wants everyone to know that yes, he is aware that he is Marlon Wayans; but no, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra will not be the action-packed second-coming of White Chicks or Little Man.

(Is it a bad thing when you have to do a public service announcement about yourself?)

Here’s what M. Wayans had to say to MTV News about his role in as Ripcord:

“It wasn’t about ‘Hey, let it be the me comedy show’,” promised Wayans. “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.”

For my part, I’ve never been concerned about Marlon Wayans. I saw Requiem For A Dream and was blown away by his performance (not so much because it was the greatest performance ever; more that it was a great performance from a completely unexpected source: Marlon Wayans). Marlon has already proven (at least to me) that when required, he can properly balance comedic-stylings with gravitas and emotion.

In fact, the entire supporting cast of G.I. Joe (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Said Taghmaoui, Wayans, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) have always been the safe bets, as far as I’m concerned. It’s the main players I’m more worried about (Rachel Nichols, Karolina Kurkova, Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid and Sienna Miller). Ray Park as Snake Eyes and Christopher Eccleston as Destro will both turn in great performances, I’m certain.

To read MTV’s full interview with Marlon Wayans (how he hated jumping out of helicopters and wearing the skin-tight “accelerator suits”) you can do so by going here.

In the meantime: do Marlon Wayans’ claims about G.I. Joe provide you with any kind of reassurance? Or do you still have a nagging feeling that this film is doomed?

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra hits theaters on August 7, 2009.

Source: MTV News

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  1. i have never consider a flick to be cheesy just because Mr Wayans is performing. I think he is more than capable of doing comedy and action without any strings

    those who feel that he might make it cheesy, need a reality check, because when he is a goof, i am sure most of the time he is just playing.

  2. how many people thought Michael Keaton was going to make Batman some comedy-laden superhero? I think Marlon has what it takes to be a very good action star. I’m going to give him a chance.

  3. john taylor,


  4. Please don’t ruin this movie. I have high hopes. Cobra may be the only thing that can save it.

  5. I’ll give the movie a chance but I’m not expecting Oscar worthy stuff. I just want some great action and a decent story with decent acting.

  6. I’m more concerned about Channing Tatum or whatever, I don’t really like that guy, maybe he can dance and shoot destro to death while wearing his hat like sideways on his head SON!

  7. From what I’ve heard it can’t be any worse than Wolverine. But I’m still gonna watch them both on the big screen anyway.

  8. How about The Marlon Wayans HATERS go watch Requim For a Dream then comment on his ability.

  9. i hated the cartoon… but then knowing that marlon wayans was going to be in it made me change my idea of not going… “and knowings half the battle…!”…lol. No but seriously… only reason i am watching it is because of marlon…

  10. I have been avoiding GI Joe articles because I have a REALLY REALLY bad feeling about it. From the gimmicky costumes, to the casting of typical “hip” looking actors and “hot” little chicks to play the “badass” female role, to the gimmicky “ninja” guy (yes I know he’s part of the GI Joe toy line and cartoons, but I still can’t help but cringe a little when I see him). But you know what, Dennis Quaid will be in it, so I’ll probably see it, but most likely not in theaters, I’ll wait for the rental.