Should TJ Miller Be Replaced in “Deadpool 2”?

Matthew Loffhagen
20th Century Fox
(Photo: 20th Century Fox)

The latest trailer for “Deadpool 2” is here, and with it comes a healthy dose of TJ Miller.

The actor is not exactly in Hollywood’s good books at the moment. Getting called out for sexual harassment, poor behavior, and calling in a fake bomb threat is a good way to lose popularity, very fast.

The first “Deadpool” movie isn’t exactly designed as a family-friendly, inoffensive affair. It’s hardly surprising that the second film in the series is barreling ahead with its inclusion of Miller. He and Ryan Reynolds are buddies, so it’s hardly a surprise that they’re sticking together through Miller’s recent rough patch.

Recently, a fan suggestion for the movie has been brought to my attention thanks to the Weekly Planet podcast, and having just seen the trailer for “Deadpool 2”, I just can’t stop thinking about how hilarious it could be.

The suggestion? All of TJ Miller’s scenes in the movie should be reshot, and his character, Weasel, should instead be played by Christopher Plummer.

I love this. What a fantastic idea.

In case you miss the joke, it’s a reference to Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World”. At the last minute, the decision was made to remove Kevin Spacey, and replace him with Christopher Plummer.

What an excellent reference this would be! The latest trailer for “Deadpool 2” manages to pull off digs at Josh Brolin’s role in “Infinity War”, as well as the overly dark DCEU. A nod to “All the Money in the World” doesn’t feel entirely out of place.

All the Money in the World
Source: TriStar Pictures

Sure, not everyone would get the reference, but that’s never stopped the franchise thus far.

Apparently, this particular fan suggestion for the movie has been floating around since the beginning of the year, but nobody involved with “Deadpool 2” seems to like the joke. Either that, or they’re just really committed to including an increasingly problematic actor in the film.

Shrinking Weasel

It’ll be interesting to see whether Miller’s role gets pared down somewhat compared with the last movie. The editing suite is a fickle place, and audiences probably won’t find Miller as funny this time around because of his existing public persona baggage. I can’t say I’d be surprised if a lot of his material ends up on the cutting room floor.

Something similar likely happened in “Ready Player One”, where Miller was, very conveniently, all but sliced out of the film. It’s almost as if several big movie studios are embarrassed by their association with the actor, but they don’t want to admit their misgivings.

However things shake out, I’m sure that plenty of people will enjoy “Deadpool 2”. Considering that I’m not overly sold on the first film, I imagine I probably won’t love the sequel. But hey, if this is your jam, go ahead and enjoy it if you can ignore or dismiss the awkward implied support of Miller’s inappropriate actions.

Just don’t be surprised if Weasel is mysteriously missing from any future movie starring Deadpool.