Brad Pitt explains why he agreed to reprise his role as Vanisher in Deadpool 2. Pitt teams up with David Leitch, the director of John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and Fast & Furious Present Hobbs & Shaw in Bullet Train.
Former stunt double Leitch worked with Pitt on films in the 1990s and early 2000s before the duo reunited for Deadpool 2, where Pitt appears briefly as Vanisher. Two years after Ryan Reynolds debuted as Deadpool with his faithfully irreverent debut, he returned to the character for Leitch’s Deadpool 2.
In the process of forming a version of the X-Force, Wade Wilson is joined by Domino (Zazie Beetz), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard), Peter (Rob Delaney), and Vanisher (Rob Delaney).
Vanisher is an entirely invisible character and isn’t seen by the audience until the bulk of the X-Force are electrocuted when Vanisher hits power lines, revealing Brad Pitt’s face. One might wonder why a star of this magnitude would agree to appear for only a few seconds. In the end, it didn’t take much convincing.
During a recent interview with BBC Radio 1’s Ali Plumb to promote Bullet Train, Pitt discussed the process of getting a cameo in Deadpool 2. In an interview, the actor explained why he agreed to play Vanisher and how it was the “easiest thing he has ever done.”.
Screenwriter Paul Wernick previously revealed that he, along with co-writers Rhett Reese and Reynolds, did not have Vanisher appear in the original script. As things evolved, however, the team decided the character’s death was a perfect opportunity for a celebrity cameo.
Reynolds then approached PEOPLE Magazine’s “sexiest man alive,” 1995, whose children loved Deadpool’s first film, and he agreed to make a cameo in Deadpool 2 for a very low salary and a cup of coffee. With Free Guy featuring Hugh Jackman, Channing Tatum, and Chris Evans, Reynolds has made it a habit to have celebrity cameos in his movies following Pitt’s appearance in Deadpool 2.
Having written Deadpool 3 with Wernick, Reese, and Reynolds, Shawn Levy will now direct Disney/Marvel Studios’ R-rated Deadpool 3. With the multiverse and meta-commentary perpetually present, it remains to be seen if/how Deadpool 3 can top Pitt’s Vanisher cameo.
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