It was a soaking wet and soggy red carpet at the premiere of GI Joe 2: Retaliation but that did not stop the stars from dressing up. I think it was definitely newcomer Adrianne Palicki, who plays Lady Jaye in the film, who stole the show. The male stars Channing Tatum, Dwayne ‘ The Rock’ Johnson, DJ Cotrona and the producers looked smart in their suits but Adrianne indulged her girly side in a show-stopping rose pink maxi dress. It’s very different from the army uniform and guns we see her running round with during the action movie and she pulled it off fantastically.
She was really brave on the night of the premiere, sheltering under just an umbrella to stop for fans and the red carpet journalists with no need for a big jacket. Given the weather that must have been really difficult! I asked her where she got her stamina from and she revealed: “Doing the film was a lot tougher than walking on carpet in the rain. We trained with Navy SEALS. Harry Humphries is a retired SEAL, so he’s actually one of the original so he brought his whole SEAL team to train us and they’re actually in the movie with us, guiding us, which was the most nerve-racking part because if you mess up, you know they’re going to be pulling you aside and scaring you.”
I also asked what it was like working with an almost all male cast and she said: “You have Dwayne who’s like an action figure and then you have Bruce Willis, who’s John McClane. They’re both so different — and they’re both so funny in different ways. Neither one, oddly, were intimidating. I think I was tougher than them all.” I love that she can hold her own!
And finally, when it comes to fashion and women in Hollywood, does she have any role models? “I like strong women that can also show off their female side,’ she confessed. ‘Angelina Jolie, Uma Thurman, Halle Berry – there are a lot of strong women around right now that look great in both trousers and a dress.”
Talking of looking great, I had to take some photos of the hot men walking the red carpet. Channing Tatum (above) wore a slightly odd tie, but the twinkle in his eyes means he can pull off most things. Meanwhile, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (below) was pure muscle. He’s working on another film right now, Hercules 2, so it won’t be long until we see him on the big screen again. Yum!
GI Joe 2: Retaliation is out on 27 March. Fancy watching it? Give it a try and you may be pleasantly surprised.