The “G.I. Joe” franchise has been an American cultural phenomenon since it spawned from a set of 12-inch military themed action figures by toymaker Hasbro in 1964. With all of the solider figures saddled with such generic names such as “Action Marine,” “Action Solider” and “Action Sailor,” the “G.I. Joe” franchise got a bit more personable in the early 1980s with the release of Marvel Comics’ “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” comic book series, which game names to the heroes and villains, and spawned an action figure line and animated series. As such, there are multiple avenues by which anyone could have learned of the franchise.
While “G.I. Joe” has grown into a global brand in the last four decades, not everyone in the world knows of the “Real American Hero”; for a time, that included Australian actor Samara Weaving. Weaving became a quick study, though, when she landed the pivotal role of Shana “Scarlett” O’Hara in the new action adventure “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins,” now playing in theaters nationwide. The film chronicles the beginnings of legendary G.I. Joe characters Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) and Tommy Arashikage (Andrew Koji), before Snake Eyes joins the ranks of G.I. Joe and Tommy transforms into the Cobra ninja Storm Shadow. Also featured in the “G.I. Joe Origins” story is famed Cobra villain the Baroness (Úrsula Corberó), and a new character, Akiko (Haruka Abe), who is the head of security for the Arashikage Clan.
In an exclusive interview with Looper to discuss her work in “Snake Eyes,” Weaving revealed how she was introduced to the “G.I. Joe” franchise.