Although he loved playing with all the big toys on his new hit film “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” director Jon M. Chu said his experience on the film wasn’t complete until Hasbro came through with a big promise — a G.I. Joe action figure of his own.
“The No. 1 thing, as soon as I got the job, I was, like, ‘I get an action figure, right?’ They were like, ‘Yeah, yeah, sure, sure,'” Chu told me, laughing, in a recent interview. “They did a whole scan of me at Hasbro when I was there, and they sent me my action figure, which is a one-of-a-kind. I have it on my shelf at home, sitting next to Snake Eyes and Roadblock. Getting the figure alone was worth the job. They could have given me that for the payment.”
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As for a G.I. Joe code name, Chu said it wasn’t listed on the action figure’s package, but he did earn one on the set with the cast and crew.
“On set they would call me ‘The Train’ because my last name is Chu,” the filmmaker enthused. “It was like, ‘Either get on the choo choo, or get off.'”
Starring Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” opened at No. 1 at the North American box office over the weekend with an estimated $41.2 million in ticket sales.
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