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Chapel Hill actor: G.I. Joe ready for March

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Chapel Hill resident Augustus Cho says a G.I. Joe sequel will blow up the box office when it’s released March 29.

The film, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” was originally set to debut in June. It stars Channing Tatum, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis. Cho plays a Korean leader.

Previews were on the air when test screenings showed the audience wasn’t happy that the movie limited the interaction between Tatum and Johnson, Cho said.

Unfortunately, Tatum’s character was killed off early in the movie.

So the debut was delayed while the production crew brought Tatum back to shoot more scenes. They also converted the film into 3-D, Cho said.

The film is predicted be a big draw, especially in China, where 3-D theaters are growing at a record rate.

Cho, who ran for Town Council in 2009, has three Hollywood credits under his belt, playing a businessman in the HBO television series “Eastbound & Down,” produced by Will Ferrell, and a Chinese pilot in the movie “American Warships.”

He also served on Chapel Hill’s Transportation Advisory Committee and the Community Design Commission.

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