Among all the jokes and references in “Deadpool 2”, one cameo stands out more than any other.
Spoilers, by the way. Ye be warned.
Vanisher, a non-character that’s essentially a riff on the Invisible Woman, is played for laughs throughout the movie. Then, bam! It turns out that Vanisher is being played by Brad Pitt of all people!
Obviously, Brad wasn’t around for the majority of the shooting – there was no need to CGI him out of the scene. Instead, it turns out, Pitt was involved for about half an hour of shooting time to make his cameo.
The best part, though, was his requirements for taking on the role within the movie.
A Bizarre Payment Method
Rhett Reese, one half of the writing team for both “Deadpool” movies, has explained what it was like getting Brad Pitt involved:
“Vanisher was a late add. It was the very last thing we shot on the Deadpool movie was Brad Pitt came to set. He agreed to play Vanisher in return for scale, which is a very, very low number, a low, low salary and a cup of coffee from Starbucks delivered to him by Ryan Reynolds. So Ryan had to hand over that coffee to Brad in order for him to do the part. He came in, he was willing to do it because his kids love Deadpool and he’s a great guy. And uh, Ryan just asked him and he said yes, and next thing you know, boom, he’s standing there, and we had, we had a ton of fun. It was about a half an hour shoot and he was on his way and it really adds a fun moment. You can hear people gasp.”
I love this.
Brad Pitt took minimal pay for the role of Vanisher, but also insisted that Ryan Reynolds needed to personally deliver him a Starbucks coffee.
That’s great – I love how Pitt’s willingness to be included in the movie also involved humiliating Reynolds just a little bit by forcing him to act subservient. I’m sure Reynolds took this in good humor, completely appreciating the full meaning of Pitt’s actions.
“You may be Hollywood’s golden pretty boy at the moment”, Pitt is saying, “but you’ll always be Number Two next to me”.
Pitt’s cameo has caused quite a stir following the release of the movie. Many people think this is a direct reference to rumors that the actor would play Cable in the film itself.
Whether this is the case or not, one thing is certain: Pitt makes the movie better for his inclusion.
You also really can’t fault Ryan Reynolds. He clearly did everything he could to make this movie the best thing it could be.
Even if it meant doing jobs that are usually reserved for his assistants.