‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Premiere: Bruce Willis Wins a Beard Bet,Dwayne Johnson Rocks as Roadblock
While the film had already hit some theaters the night before, raking in $2.2 million in late-night and midnight runs, G.I. Joe: Retaliation celebrated with a big Hollywood premiere on Thursday night, bringing together some of film’s biggest action stars including Bruce Willis and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
The black carpet was rolled out on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the TCL Chinese theater, where crowds of fans gathered hoping to catch a glimpse of the action sequel’s stars.
The film, which follows the Joes as they fight their greatest adversaries around the globe while also dealing with threats from their own government, stars a returning Channing Tatum, Johnson, Willis and Adrianne Palicki. Tatum was the only star not to attend the Los Angeles premiere, because he’s currently shooting a film in London.
Making an appearance with Willis was a new beard on his face, which he says was due to a bet with his wife.
“My wife owes me 200 dollars,” he said. “She said, ‘You’re not going to do it. You’re not going to grow that beard out.’ So I win 200 dollars.”
Willis, who plays the original Joe that the G.I. Joes are named after, said he played with the action figure as a kid, although he wasn’t aware that it was a HASBRO toy at the time.
“We used to launch G.I. Joe into the air, put him on arrows. Sometimes firecrackers were involved,” he said. “G.I. Joe could just take it.“
D.J. Cotrona, who plays Flint, one of the Joes, had a similar experience with the toy when he was a kid.
“I lit a backyard on fire one time. Not on purpose,” he admitted to The Hollywood Reporter, adding that he was about 9 or 10 years old at the time.
Both Cotrona and Willis confessed that no matter how much training they had done for the film, they still „looked small“ when doing scenes opposite of Johnson.
„I trained for five months. Do you know how many chickens I ate?” joked Cotrona.