As fans of G.I. Joe are keenly aware of, Snake-Eyes is a black-clad warrior. The man is a silent, lethal assassin - with an emphasis on the silence.
But that almost wasn't the case in the upcoming movie based on the cartoon, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura admitted to MTV.
“We actually had Snake-Eyes utter one sentence at the very end of the movie,” di Bonaventura said “We thought [it] was very clever… [writer Larry Hama] didn’t think it was clever at all.”
Having penned all 155 issues of the original Marvel series, Hama was drafted by filmmakers to act as consultant to the project.
“The good news for us was we gave him the script and we held our breaths,” said di Bonaventura. “Because that was the moment where if he rejected the whole thing I’m not sure what we would have done. And what was great was he had really small notes, one or two very passionately held.
And what Larry said was no matter what you guys think, you can’t have Snake-Eyes utter a word.”
Actor Ray Park will be taking on the role of Snake-Eyes in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, which is set for an August 7, 2009 release.