Adrianne Palicki Interview For ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’
In ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation,’ the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy, Cobra, they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. Directed by Jon M. Chu, the film is out in cinemas. ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ stars Dwayne Johnson, D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum, Elodie Yung, Jonathan Pryce, Walton Goggins, Arnold Vosloo, Joseph Mazzello, and Bruce Willis.
What was is it about this particular incarnation of Lady Jaye that appealed to you?
Adrianne Palicki: For me, the great thing about Lady Jaye in this movie is that she’s somebody that girls can look up to. It’s such a well rounded part, because she gets to be funny, she gets to be sassy, she gets to be the intelligence of the group, she’s a sharpshooter, and she also gets to be feminine, she gets to be vulnerable. It was a great opportunity as an actor to play these different facets. She does have a bit of a chip on her shoulder, she is in this group of guys. She has a bit of sass to her and a strength in having to constantly prove herself. But she’s got multiple qualities, that was something I dug.
With her family background, you can kind of understand the chip on her shoulder….
Adrianne Palicki: Definitely. Lady Jaye comes from a military background; her father and his father were in the military, and joining the military was her biggest dream. But her father told her that he didn’t think women should be in the military. So instead of listening to him she did the complete opposite and got into the Joes, which is the most elite military team on the planet (laughs). So she does have a bit of a chip on her shoulder, understandably. And I think she holds her own.
I really enjoyed the dynamic between Dwayne Johnson’s character Roadblock and your character Lady Jaye?
Adrianne Palicki: Yeah. I think that Lady Jaye is the epitome of what a soldier should be, and I think he definitely respects that. At first with Flint, not so much, because Flint has to gain Roadblock’s respect – Flint has a bit of a problem with authority. At the same time, I think the same can be said for Lady Jaye, but she has a bit more of a soft spot for Flint. Roadblock and Lady Jaye are definitely somewhat partners in this journey. They’re fully focused, they’re on a mission, they’re not gonna stray from their mission and they’re going to get it done. I think they both see that in each other.
And how was it working with Dwayne on that relationship?
Adrianne Palicki: I have to say, he definitely lived up to the reputation he has worldwide: he’s such a gentle giant. He’s lovely to everyone, he’s funny, he’s easy going, he’s humble and really great to work with. Dwayne is very helpful in finding good points in the script or good dialogue; he’s really about the story. Even in rehearsals, we were doing rehearsals for weeks and there was a scene that we were crawling on the ground, and here’s The Rock crawling on the ground with us for hours and hours, he really wanted to get in there and get in the trenches. We immediately formed a bond, the whole group of us, and I think Dwayne was a massive part of that. Working with Dwayne was so awesome.
How did you find the training? I understand you done physical training, weaponry training, training with Navy SEALs, combat training…. a tonne of training.
Adrianne Palicki: (Laughs) I’d never trained for a movie like this in my whole life (laughs). I got paid to get fit, learn how to shoot guns, play soldier…. not bad (laughs). It was all fun. And thankfully, I’d shot ‘Red Dawn’ and had just come from doing ‘Wonder Woman.’ Because of those experiences, I was able to focus on the fine-tuned details like how to holster a gun and pull it out correctly so that guys who have been doing this for years won’t watch it and think we’re full of it (laughs). But it was a lot of work, weeks of work. Also, training was about 8 hours a day, which included training with Navy SEALs, hand-to-hand combat training, stunt training, choreography unit training, weapons training and actual physical training. It was a lot. Each of us had our specific thing that are characters were best at, and mine was weaponry, so I did a lot of weaponry training,
The training was so important. The film, it’s very grounded and gritty, and I feel like it’s not cartoonish at all. Even the special FX, they aren’t CGI for the most part. There were real explosions. I think the whole point is to make the audience feel like they’re in there with us. Also the character development, especially for an action movie, if you care about the characters you care about the stakes at hand, and with this I feel it really has that. I think that really separates it from other actions movies. It’s a fun ride, but it also has character and grit to it.
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