G.I. Joe producer responds to those Channing Tatum reshoot rumors

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Jan 22, 2013, 5:53 PM EST

One of the big rumors around the 3D conversion G.I. Joe Retaliation delay was that they were cutting back in some additional footage of Channing Tatum, and now a producer has addressed those rumors. So should we expect some additional Tatum once this flick finally opens?

Work began on Retaliation before Tatum became a big star, and the big rumor was that he would feature more prominently in the recut. Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura told Crave Online that those reports of massive reshoots were exaggerated, and the delay really was just about the 3D conversion. So, sorry, Duke fans, don't expect much more Tatum than the original plan.

Here are Di Bonaventura's comments:

"It's not much different. Literally, we shot for three extra days. We just added sort of explanation in what we did afterwards.

No, it's not [about adding more Channing Tatum]. That is a complete rumor. I don't know where that started. Literally, Channing shot for - if I have it wrong, I'm off by an hour - four hours, five hours? So it wasn't really about that at all."

It's been widely reported that Tatum, who co-starred in the first G.I. Joe, has a much smaller role in the sequel. With everyone from Bruce Willis to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson joining the cast, it looks like there won't be much room for Tatum this time around.

Retaliation opens March 29.

What do you think? Would you have preferred a more Tatum-heavy cut?

(Via Crave Online)