Late yesterday, a rumor hit the wires that "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" director Stephen Sommers had been fired. The word originated with a user on the Don Murphy message boards, who claimed that the firing came as a result of abysmal test screenings. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has since spoken with Latino Review, adamantly stating that the rumor is completely untrue.
Now you know the backstory. Today, MTV's Josh Horowitz had a chat with "G.I. Joe"'s Cobra Commander, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and asked him to comment. "I just heard about it. I've been shooting," Gordon-Levitt said. "What can you say? People like to do that [gossip]."
He capped off his comments with some good advice for fans: "'G.I. Joe' is like playing with toys. It's very simple and its really fun and that’s all."
Gordon-Levitt had nothing but positive things to say about his recently beleaguered director. "Stephen Sommers is like a big kid. We'd get to set every day and it was like playing with toys except the toys are bigger. No one was more excited about the big toys than he was. He talks real fast and real loud and gets really excited. Who else should direct 'G.I. Joe' but a big kid who loves big toys?"
I can't help but agree.
How seriously did you take the "G.I. Joe" rumors? Are you still excited to see the movie?