Brendan Fraser, left, stars with Eliza Bennett in Inkheart.
Brendan Fraser confirmed that he will play a small role in Steven Sommers' upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, reuniting with his Mummy helmer.
"I was there for a morning," Fraser said in a group roundtable interview in Marina del Rey, Calif., on Friday, where he was promoting his upcoming fantasy film Inkheart. "It was a cameo."
G.I. Joe reunites Fraser and Sommers for the third time: The duo previously collaborated on the first and second Mummy films. Fraser said that he begged to be enlisted after Sommers' co-producer Bob Ducsay revealed that the film was going into production.
"Bob's a pretty poker-faced kind of guy," Fraser said. "But he's grinning, and he says, 'We just got the go on Joe—Paramount greenlit the movie.'" I'm like, 'Hey, man, that's cool—congratulations. You suck! Can I have a job, please? I will wash your car, I will walk your dog.'"
G.I. Joe is based upon the popular Hasbro action figures and animated TV series of the same name and stars Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Fraser confessed that he had been a fan of the franchise since his own childhood. "My G.I. Joe wound up in a tree dangling from his parachute all winter on account of I threw him out a window from the second story," Fraser confessed. "So I'm a fanboy of the Joes."
Fraser said that he would not be playing the show's resident Marine, Gung Ho, as was previously reported. "Let me get something straight," Fraser said. "I'm not Gung Ho. I don't know what you've read, but that is not the name of my character. If you look him up, with all due respect, he looks like a refugee from the Village People, and, no, I did not attire myself as such."
Fraser added: "I will tell you that they gave me a really cool motorcycle to ride. It's a sight gag. I show up, and you're supposed to go, 'Hey!'" Asked if riding a motorcycle meant he would be playing one of the Dreadnoks—villainous mercenaries who battle the Joe team—Fraser mumbled, "I'm not talking about that."