Guess who did the mo-cap for Juggernaut?
With Deadpool 2 now available on Digital HD, which comes with a plethora of bonus features, there is quite a bit to unpack from this release. We have already delved through the Super Duper Cut to break down all of the deleted and extended scenes, but now it’s time to take a look at another bonus feature, “Deadpool’s Lips are Sealed – Secrets and Easter Eggs”.
While a lot of these Easter Eggs have already been discovered by eagle-eyed fans, there are some surprising secrets that are revealed from star Ryan Reynolds, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and director David Leitch, among others.
Deadpool revealed in the first movie that he wears a red suit so bad guys won’t see him bleed, but that philosophy surprisingly carries over, in a weird way, to keeping the secrets of the production on set. Writer/executive producer Paul Wernick revealed that the secrecy on this movie was taken to “ridiculous” levels, with the script sides for actors and crew members, “printed in red, because, apparently, you can’t photocopy red.” He added that everyone has to turn their sides into the script coordinator at the end of the day, and she shreds them, adding that, “it’s like working in the CIA sometimes.
Aside from the secrecy measures taken with the script, there were other covert measures in place throughout the production. Lewis Tan (Shatterstar) said there were, “code names for everything, to the point where you get really confused.” Wernick adds that there were two separate code names for Ryan Reynolds on set, “Chaplin or Keaton, depending on if he’s Deadpool or Wade. Bill Skarsgard (Zeitgeist) also said that the script sides were blacked out so much that the crew didn’t even know what was shooting, while Wernick said they couldn’t read the script without a “legend” to keep everything straight.
Slash Drops By the Set
Legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash showed up on set one day, and, according to Reynolds, “the crew lost their f—ing minds.” While everyone loved having him on the set, some of the photos crew members were taking with Slash featured their massive Juggernaut head in the background. Reynolds added that he told the crew members that they simply couldn’t post those photos, unless they “Photoshopped the crap out of them.”
Juggernaut Takes a Village
While it’s been well documented by now that Ryan Reynolds pulled double duty, playing Deadpool and also providing the voice of Juggernaut, this featurette also revealed that director David Leitch provided the facial motion capture. Leitch said they realized it was more efficient, that instead of “just keeping a mo-cap actor around, I would just do the facial capture for it.”
One of the biggest surprises in the sequel was the surprise cameo of Brad Pitt as the X-Force member Vanisher, who is never seen or heard from until his jolting death after parachuting onto some power lines. Reynolds revealed that Pitt “just thought that was so funny” and because of that, he was in.
The other two surprise cameos were Matt Damon and Alan Tudyk, two rednecks drinking beer, talking about toilet paper, on the back of their truck, the moment that Cable (Josh Brolin) arrives in our time. The whole argument that Damon’s character makes against toilet paper is actually based on a real-life bit that writer Rhett Reese would roll out for years. Reese revealed that at one point, he did the bit for Ryan Reynolds and it was agreed that it should be in the movie, somewhere.
Wernick added that Damon wanted to be in full prosthetics on the set, so people didn’t know who it was, with Reynolds adding that no one on the crew recognized Matt Damon. They also showed Damon, who was called “Charlie” on the set, wrapping production as the cast and crew give him a round of applause. Reese said that he had always been a fan of Tudyk’s film Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil, and that lead to the filmmakers reaching out to Tudyk and him agreeing to take on the role.
An Easter Egg In Every Frame?
Makeup design and supervision artist Bill Corso added an interesting tidbit towards the end of this nearly 13-minute video, stating that no one is more committed to sticking Easter Eggs in the film than Ryan Reynolds, adding that “every frame has something in it for somebody to catch.” He added that some are subliminal, and some are not-so subliminal, while others were set up in the first movie. David Leitch added that there are so many Easter Eggs that he doesn’t think anyone will ever find them all, adding, “I challenge you to find them all.” Game on, Easter Egg hunters!
For more of our Deadpool 2 coverage, read our review, watch our spoilercast, enjoy our breakdown of all the Easter eggs we caught, dive into our breakdown of the end credits scenes, find out who actually directed that superhero cameo as well as who voices THAT character, and discover how much it took for that superstar to make a cameo!