Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Picked Roadblock From A List of G.I. JOE Characters

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson will be playing the part of Roadblock in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He reveals that he will pay homage to the character's inexplicable fondness to rhyme everything he said.

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By nailbiter111 - 2/15/2012


Mike Ryan of Movie Fone recently sat down with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson for an interview pertaining to Jon M. Chu's G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The film stars The Rock as Marvin Hinton, or also known as "Roadblock."

Roadblock in the cartoon series was known not only for his incessant rhyming, but also for his culinary skills. As a breathe of fresh air, The Rock's version will pay homage to the character.

But what was important was to pay homage to the character -- in terms of his look, in terms of his culinary skills.


While there was never any discussion about if the character should or should not be rhyming, The Rock did say that his version will have an affinity for poetry, which will act as a modern updating.

And in terms for his love and passion for poetry -- but not necessarily rhyming. It's my interpretation that he loved poetry. Look, we opened up the Super Bowl spot with him quoting Jay-Z -- and that's Roadblock's interpretation of wonderful poetry. So there are a lot of components that we paid homage to. He was not rhyming for the entire movie. Nor does he give body massages...




Dwayne was asked if he was surprised that such a popular character in the Joe Universe wasn't used in the first film.

It almost aligned perfectly that way. And there were a few actors in the first one who could have played Roadblock. A popular character -- the glue of the G.I. Joes. But I'm sure, creatively, Lorenzo and the studio had their reasons for leaving it alone. I mean, they have a knack for thinking well ahead for multiple movies. And I'm glad he wasn't touched. They sent me over a list of possible G.I. Joe characters.


After that reveal, Mike followed up with a question about whom else was on the list.

No one interesting, by the way. I mean, Roadblock was the first one and, after that, it became secondary characters.


Pushed further about the list, he was asked specifically if Blowtorch was a choice and The Rock responded, "It was... I can't even remember, but it was."

Blowtorch is a member of G.I. Joe who is best known for wearing a bright yellow and orange uniform as well as a groovy protective mask. He also has a specific weapon that blows flames, but I forget what they call them.

The most interesting part in all this is that The Rock was clearly brought on board very early in the process. Producers set their sights on him even before knowing which character he'd be playing, making it seem as though Roadblock was written very generically and could be adapted to fit many Joes.

So when the studio came to me with the idea about starring in the movie, they quickly followed that up with, "Here are our ideas of rebooting it: More real, more rooted, more boots-to-the-ground, and a bit darker." So, after sitting down with the studios and the producers -- and Jon Chu, that's very important -- a lot of the variables made it easy for me to say yes.


The Rock also claims that he refused to watch the first movie because he didn't want that film's tone to influence his performance. Yup I wouldn't want that stink on me either. Good Call.

By the way I bet Gung Ho was on that list, and I think that would've been a good fit for The Rock as well.


G.I. Joe Retaliation stars Channing Tatum, D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, and will be released on June 29, 2012.

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HavocPrime - 2/15/2012, 1:58 PM
LMAO Tea
marvel72 - 2/15/2012, 2:04 PM
wasn't roadblock in the first g.i.joe movie,i maybe wrong.
AlexDeLarge87 - 2/15/2012, 2:08 PM
tea@ lol xD
Christuffer - 2/15/2012, 2:08 PM
AlexDeLarge87 - 2/15/2012, 2:09 PM
marvel72@ that was Heavy Duty
marvel72 - 2/15/2012, 2:12 PM
@ AlexDeLarge87

cheers mate,i thought i may of been wrong.
nonserviam - 2/15/2012, 2:16 PM
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje played "Heavy Duty," a character loosely based originally on Roadblock, but due to them making GI Joe an international spec ops unit instead of "A Real American Hero," they scrapped Roadblock and went with thier South African version.

nowtheresaBATman - 2/15/2012, 2:23 PM
he would of made a great SHIPWRECK
TheAmarilloBlack - 2/15/2012, 2:31 PM
@nonserviam
Heavy Duty is Roadblock's cousin (Joe continuity). He's supposed to be American, Adabisi was allowed to keep his natural British accent because of the international aspect the first movie attempted to convey.
AlexdoxA - 2/15/2012, 2:31 PM
Why on earth he didn't pick Zarana?
antonio - 2/15/2012, 2:56 PM
@Ra8itr The Rock is half black.
thewolfx - 2/15/2012, 2:59 PM
AlexRival - 2/15/2012, 3:26 PM
I want a body massage.
dracula - 2/15/2012, 3:34 PM
when cora attacks he needs to say cobra troops what we gonna do
dxperry - 2/15/2012, 3:46 PM
I think this gunna be good. Alot better then the 1st
skullboy - 2/15/2012, 4:07 PM
They shoulda gotten Kevin Grevioux from the Underworld movies to play Roadblock. He woulda done the character justice rather than this clown.
nowtheresaBATman - 2/15/2012, 4:38 PM
Jack Nicholson for SHIPWRECK
alekesam - 2/15/2012, 4:48 PM
Be funny to have a Sgt Slaughter cameo. I shouldn't have to say why.
patriautism - 2/15/2012, 5:15 PM
"choose who you want to be and we will write him into the story" Yeah beacause that's how great movies are made..
tayntidfayt - 2/15/2012, 8:21 PM
@alekesam

I heard something somewhere (possibly here) about a possible Sgt. Slaughter cameo setting him up as the JOE that trained Roadblock
ZombieOverEasy - 2/15/2012, 9:39 PM
@tayntidfayt I read the same thing, thought it was on here. Sgt. Slaughter really needs/deserves a cameo.
breakUbatman - 2/15/2012, 10:02 PM
Oh no! They made the movie more real 4 years later there's going to be gif storm on this site
AlexDeLarge87 - 2/16/2012, 3:33 AM
marvel72@ no problem
comicb00kguy - 2/16/2012, 6:24 AM
this is good. It sounds like they're paying attention to the Joes' characters, and some of their little quirks that made them a lot more 'real' than just a generic paramilitary squad fighting bad guys. That's one of the reasons the 80s cartoon was so damn good.

If you can smell.... what the Roadblock's cooking!

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