At the turn of 2017, actors between the ages of 40 to 55 were lining up around the block to put their hand up for the part of Cable. The shortlist became a database of whose who - from Brad Pitt to Michael Shannon, Kyle Chandler, Russell Crowe, David Harbour, Pierce Brosnan and others. The Merc with the Mouth's sidekick was a coveted position to take ahead of Deadpool 2's June 1, 2018 premiere.
When it eventually resided with the No Country For Old Men star Josh Brolin, eyebrows were raised regarding his double duties under the Marvel banner. But as he explained to Good Morning America this week, all it took was once glance at the script before he was putting pen to paper on the blockbuster.
D2 To Have The Fans Rolling Over In Laughter
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Portraying a rough around the edges time traveler with a short temper, will Brolin get to share some time with the camera? He kept those details quiet as the actor was out promoting Avengers: Infinity War at Disney's D23 Expo.
"Not yet, but I may," stated Brolin in relation to fourth wall breaking. "It's not that I don't break the fourth wall. There's a lot of stuff going on in Deadpool (2) that's very surprising, and that will be very satisfying when you see it."
Admitting that he held serious reservations with his partner about the role, the 49-year old explained that he was won over by the screenplay written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.
"To me, it's even funnier than the first one," he argued. "When they asked me to do it, I was like 'I'm doing the Thanos thing right now, and should I do it?' And my wife just said 'Read it. Why are you even thinking? Just read it.' And I read it and I laughed harder than I've laughed in a very long time. So it's funny. Cable can be very funny. He can be a lot of things, but he can also be very funny."
RR Shares Wonder Love as Leitch Sings Reynolds Praise
Showing that there isn't any real bad blood between the rival superhero studios, Ryan Reynolds posted a tribute to the work of Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot for Wonder Woman. While it has yet to surpass Deadpool's $783.1m box office taking, the DC title could very well do so with an extended run, having enjoyed $765.9m globally.
That installment will amp up the pressure on Jenkins to deliver the second time around, a pressure that her compatriot David Leitch can certainly appreciate. As the John Wick co-director told Business Insider this week, he knows how much is weighing on his expertise during the production phase.
“You can’t deny the expectation,” Leitch remarked. “There’s such an incredibly passionate following, which I’m grateful for to be involved in it. But at the end of the day, I’ve been working on films for 20 years, we’re in the creative process right now and I’m just focused on that. It feels like we know what to deliver. Ryan knows Deadpool like the back of his hand and we’re in a really good place.”