GI Joe: Retaliation was supposed to be in cinemas last summer, but then Paramount delayed, ostensibly so they could convert it to 3D, but they also did quite a lot of reshoots to change various bits of the movie. However, there’s one bit we wish they hadn’t changed.
The image above is from a scene where Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson and a shirtless D.J. Cotrona hang out in a bar (and in our mind it was going to be incredibly homoerotic – although it probably wasn’t). However director Jon M. Chu rudely decided to get rid of the shirtless Cotrona, and change for a different scene with a different tone.
Buzzfeed has the news on the change, saying, ‘Director Jon M. Chu told me that the bar scene with Tatum, Cotrona, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was cut and re-shot early last year — before the film’s release date was pushed from June 2012 to this weekend — without Cotrona because it wasn’t successfully conveying the warmth of the relationship between Tatum and Johnson’s characters. “It was more plot-driven,” Chu said. “It didn’t set the tone right for movie. We wanted something a little more jokey.” So out went Cotrona, and in went a scene of Tatum and Johnson bonding while playing a military videogame. With their shirts on.’
Oh well, at least we get an image, and perhaps it’ll be included as a deleted scene on the DVD.