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Ryan Reynolds had a secret second role in ‘Deadpool 2’

Turns out the Merc with a Mouth wasn’t Reynolds’ only role in ‘Deadpool 2’. Credit: 20th Century Fox


Ryan Reynolds had a secret second role in ‘Deadpool 2’


Ryan Reynolds also appears in Deadpool 2 as a second, unnamed character, as if playing the title character wasn’t enough.

Deadpool 2 features the return of a fan favorite: Juggernaut, the burly mutant played by actor Vinnie Jones in the first film.

This time, Juggernaut is a massively CGI construct, and fans hoping to find out who voiced him were left disappointed when he was just credited as “Juggernaut” at the end.

According to screenwriter Rhett Reese, the voice behind the massive metal mask is none other than Mr Ryan Reynolds.

“That was Ryan’s voice as the Juggernaut,” Reese told a press junket, “and he did the facial capture for him. I don’t know how they did the physical mo-cap [motion capture] — I don’t think that was Ryan.”

The film grossed $732 million worldwide, and Ryan has stated that he intends to play with his character’s sexuality in the future of the franchise.


Ryan stated, “I certainly think that this universe… needs to represent and reflect the world in very real ways. The great thing about Deadpool is that we’re allowed to do things that other superhero movies don’t necessarily do. It’s something that I’d love to see more of, certainly through Wade, certainly through this universe because it’s something that we’re building out more.”

Here’s what filmmaker David Leitch had to say about Ryan Reynolds’ eventual transformation into Juggernaut.

“The spoiler is Juggernaut is sort of a combination of Ryan and myself. And it only became, and this is a spoiler spoiler. It only came out of just the necessity of change, and you’re getting into the post-process, and we’re like, ‘Okay, now we need a face animator actor.’ And I’m in the editing room, and Ryan’s writing alts, and we’re like, ‘I’ll just go do it.’ And then the animators are going to change it anyway. Ryan did some performance capture for certain dialogue bits. And then he provided the voice, which we altered, which allowed us to, when we we’re in post, we’re doing some alts for Deadpool. It’d be like, ‘Okay, let’s just switch into Juggernaut mode, try this.’ As opposed to ‘Let’s bring in somebody, wait for them, call time,’ all this. It was a tight unit. Ryan’s got another franchise!”

Reynolds’ total number of roles in the film now stands at four, thanks to his appearances as a young, hopeful version of himself reading the script for Green Lantern (who was then promptly head-shotted by Deadpool), as well as the X-Men: Origins version of Wade Wilson (who was also shot by — you guessed it — Deadpool).

Deadpool 2 has already established a box office record, with a Thursday night preview count of $18.6 million, the biggest Thursday preview tally ever for an R-rated film. Analysts are forecasting a $150 million opening weekend, but considering this Thursday’s performance, it might go considerably higher.

Deadpool 2 is currently in theaters, featuring Ryan Reynolds and Julian Dennison from New Zealand, as well as Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, and others.

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