Somedays, Hollywood really makes my brain hurt.
It seems that with cameras set to role on Paramount’s GI Joe film this Wednesday, the production almost stalled before it began. IESB reports that David Murray, the actor cast to play the villainous arms merchant Destro, had Visa problems and wouldn’t be able to get into the country in time for filming. (Was he booked on the same flight as Amy Winehouse?)
Rather than delay the production, the powers that be at Paramount Studios recast the role- picking former Doctor Who star Chris Eccleston.
Eccleston, who has appeared as Claude the invisible man during the first season of Heroes and starred in the BBC productions The Second Coming and Our Friends In The North, is a great actor, but I’m surprised to see him accepting a role in this movie. He has always seem to be fairly particular in the quality of the writing of an project he decides to work on, and from everything that has been reported about this movie, I would not have suspected him of turning up on the cast list.