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The Scene: 'G.I. Joe's' path of destruction

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  • "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" is big-budgeted action film
  • In one sequence, film manages to take down major Paris structure
  • Movie is based on action figures and show they spawned
By JD Cargill
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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" has more than a few jaw-dropping scenes.

Sienna Miller, right, as the Baroness, plots destruction in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra."

That's no surprise: With a budget of more than $170 million, Paramount Pictures' final blockbuster release for the summer means to deliver the action, both with pyrotechnics and CGI effects.

One scene in particular, called "Paris Rooftop," includes the following: a mad dash across a massive glass-roofed structure, a warhead exploding, the Eiffel Tower collapsing and a catastrophic bomb being disarmed.

Oh, and there's a death-defying leap into a flying helicopter -- and a knockout punch, too.

In all, the action filmed on the Paris sets took 14 days.


For various reasons the actual location of the shoot was Prague, Czech Republic, where filmmakers built shops with flowers, changed school names and parked approximately 70 French-manufactured cars about the streets. Video Watch stars talk about destroying landmarks »

Lead actors Channing Tatum, who plays Duke, and Sienna Miller, who plays the Baroness, sat down with CNN for a chat about what it took to rip through the French capital city in this memorable way.

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