See, that title is a play on words. Because it could either mean he’s not Gung-ho-excited for the film or he’s not Gung-Ho the character. But after sitting at a table with The Slayer of Mummies himself, I can explicitly relay to you all that Brendan Fraser is not not not not playing Gung-Ho in the upcoming Stephen Sommers incarnation of GI Joe. He was kind enough to spell that out, despite what “geek sites” may be saying. Tee-hee!
At a press junket for Inkheart, Fraser took a few seconds to express his bewilderment at constantly being questioned about GI Joe, despite only having a cameo. And that is what it will be folks: a cameo. Fraser said he was only on set for one day and only put in about an hour’s worth of work for his buddy, Stephen Sommers.
What role will he play? Well, probably an unnamed character. It sort of seemed as though Fraser had some input into the character, as he stated he tried to make him similar to Rick O’Connell, his role made famous in The Mummy franchise. He mentioned that he’ll be wearing some camo and/or gear, load up with some guns, and get a cool motorcycle. But that’s that. Don’t expect much more than a few moments of on screen glory from Fraser, though hopefully it’ll be cool. Oh, and one other thing. Fraser described Gung-Ho as a walking sight gag (true) and like someone who just missed out on making the Village People (also true). Sorry, Gung-Ho fans, all six of you, but he’s not making the draft this year.
What are your thoughts on this news? Disappointed? Still afraid of GI Joe?