14 Actors Who Were Considered to Play Cable in
Deadpool 2 Before Josh Brolin
May 18, 2018
Everyone’s favorite antihero is back and better than ever —
is now in theaters! Honestly, we’re not sure if we were most impressed with the action & effects, the humor or just Deadpool 2 Ryan Reynolds in general. Whatever the case, the movie was FREAKING AWESOME.
What helped, this time around, was that
Josh Brolin portrayed the villain (well… for a good amount of the production) Cable (a.k.a. Nathan Summers). The Oscar-nominated actor killed it… literally.
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But did you know he was far from the first person to be considered for the part? At least 14 other big-name actors were reportedly in the running. How crazy is that?! To find out who, you know what you need to do:
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Believe it or not, one of Hollywood's biggest names,
Brad Pitt, was in the running to portray the villainous character Cable. Director David Leitch said so himself! However, the scheduling didn't work out.
"We had a great meeting with Brad, he was incredibly interested in the property," David told
ComicBook.com at CinemaCon 2017. "Things didn't work out schedule-wise. He's a fan, and we love him, and I think he would've made an amazing Cable."
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For the longest time,
Michael Shannon was the frontrunner to play Cable. all but confirmed it in March 2017. But less than a month later, seemingly out of nowhere, it was announced that Josh Brolin would portray the coveted part. What gives? Variety
Collider, scheduling conflicts were to blame for Michael's lack of inclusion in the antihero comedy sequel.
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David Harbour's star power has seriously risen following his two seasons on Stranger Things. Everyone LOVES Chief Jim Hopper. So when his name came up as a potential to play Cable, people were SHOOK.
In March 2017,
The Wrap reported that Fox screen-tested the actor, which is the first step to snagging any part. And we've all seen him hold a gun before, so it's not as if he wouldn't be a believable threat to Ryan Reynolds' character. But we all know that Josh won out in the end, so we'll never know how David would've brought the character to life on the big screen.
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Deadpool comics creator Rob Liefeld was very much into the idea of Russell Crowe portraying the leader of the X-Force. The author even tweeted at the Oscar-winning actor, saying, "@russellcrowe you should read for #Cable in Deadpool and X-Force. Just sayin..."
Russell actually responded to the statement,
saying, "I should read for it?" 'cause, you know, he's got a freaking Academy Award at home. Why would he, an actor, need to actually READ for a part?
To that, Rob apologized, saying, "huge fan sir. Poorly worded. Apologies." But the interaction didn't end there — Russell called upon the film's lead actor,
tweeting, "I'm sure if @VancityReynolds has any interest in that idea he'll find a way."
Considering how things turned out, the exchange wasn't fruitful.
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Since Cable has been referred to as "the
Arnold Schwarzenegger of the X-Men universe" (via We Got This Covered), it makes sense that the man who portrayed The Terminator on multiple occasions was name-dropped a bunch during casting. However, we're thinking this was more of a fancasting name-drop than anything else.
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Sylvester Stallone seemed like an obvious choice to play the bulky character. He portrayed Rocky AND Rambo for crying out loud! Instead, though, he contributed to the Marvel universe in a different way, as Stakar Ogord in 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
But, then again, he could've done both. After all, Josh was cast as Cable AND Thanos. Whoa.
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It seems as if all the guys from
The Expendables were rumored to be in the running for Cable 'cause, like Arnold and Sly, Bruce Willis' name was also mentioned as a consideration.
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Remember when we said practically all the guys from
The Expendables were in consideration? Well, we weren't playing 'cause Braveheart actor Mel Gibson could've played the part!
Deadpool after-credits scene, the filmmakers threw around names, including Mel's, as a potential person to play Cable. Okay, sure, they were playing around... but his name was, indeed, mentioned, so...
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Dolph Lundgren's name was tossed into the mix during the after-credits scene in Deadpool... as was Keira Knightley's, so everyone took it with a grain of salt.
In May 2016, Dolph
expressed his interest in the part, which led to further speculation that he could end up in the running.
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Alec Baldwin, the comedian who's the go-to person to portray Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, was also... in... consideration? That's what the trivia for Deadpool 2 says on IMDb, but we're not so sure of the validity of that statement.
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Kurt Russell reportedly threw his hat in the ring, competing for a spot in the Deadpool sequel. But, perhaps, maybe someone got mixed up with their Marvel movies? Remember, the legendary actor portrayed Chris Pratt's father, Ego, in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
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In January 2017,
Pierce Brosnan posed for a picture with Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds, leading many to suspect that James Bond himself would go on to portray Cable. But 007 cleared things up two months later, denying the public of seeing him in the superhero flick.
"False, false," the actor said on
Roz & Mocha Show on KiSS 92.5 about the casting rumors. "No, I just met Mr. Reynolds there in Switzerland weeks and weeks ago and hung out for a day. Hugh Jackman and myself we took a photo, put it on Instagram and I became Cable."
But at least he's not against the idea of portraying a superhero in the future. "They know where to find me if they want me," he continued, "but I wish him well and I love what he does in that film."
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Ron Perlman knows what it's like to star in a comic-book movie — hello, he's freaking Hellboy! — plus he has the whole Cable look completely down. So when he started actually campaigning to play the part in May 2016 (see Exhibits A, B & C), fans were all for it!
And he clearly had the confidence, too. He
tweeted, "Actually, now that i think about it, #Cable should be wanting to f*cking play ME!"
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Avatar baddie Stephen Lang was a name that circulated a lawt when word first got out about Cable becoming part of the Deadpool movie franchise. However, Stephen put kibosh on the notion that he was ever attached to the project.
In January 2018, he told
ScreenRant, "No, no, I never auditioned for it and you know, truth be told, I'm fairly Cable-ignorant."
He continued, "Look, my relationship with Marvel Comics goes back to the '60s when — and I'm talking about as a reader, I was right there for the first Spider-Man, I was a Fantastic Four fan, I loved Doctor Strange, I love Jim Steranko, Jack "The King" Kirby, all them, Steve Ditko, you know, I knew who they were and I was reading all that stuff, I will say that it — by the time Cable came around... I had kind of moved on."