21 Things We Learned From Deadpool 2's Blu-Ray Special Features
By Michael Rougeau | @RogueCheddar on
Here's everything we learned from Deadpool 2's home release featurettes.
Did you know that, according to Deadpool 2 director David Leitch, there are Easter eggs in this movie that no one will ever find? What about the fact that Ryan Reynolds himself performed the voice and motion capture for Juggernaut, while the face was someone else entirely? And do you have any idea how long Reynolds can hold his breath underwater while filming weird, misty afterlife scenes?
All that and more is revealed in Deadpool 2's special features. The movie is out on digital now, meaning you can load up your favorite digital movies platform and check out the "Super Duper" extended cut for yourself. If you want to pick it up on Blu-ray instead, you'll have to wait until August 21.
For now, we've broken down everything new we learned from Deadpool 2's special features, from the gag reel to the featurettes focusing on the comedy, special effects, and more.
When you're done here, check out our comprehensive breakdown of Deadpool 2's extended cut vs. the theatrical release, including every change, difference, and addition in the Super Duper edition. You can also read our Deadpool 2 review, read more about Matt Damon's secret cameo, and find out about the cut after credits scene that might have gone too far.
1. Black Tom originally had a much larger role
There was an earlier draft of the screenplay where Black Tom was the movie's main villain throughout acts 2 and 3. The featurette "Family Values - Cast of Characters" even shows behind the scenes footage of him fighting Deadpool in a scene that was later removed.
2. Demonstrating Domino's power of luck was the most fun and challenging aspect for the choreography team.
They considered many different approaches before landing on the final one. According to director David Leitch, "We kept going back to this Rube Goldberg idea, that she does one thing that leads to a series of unlikely events that leads to the thing that she needed to happen right at a critical moment."
3. Cable has way more backstory than what's explicitly in the movie.
Says Deadpool co-creator and comics artist Rob Liefeld, "He's from the future. He's a soldier. He knows how all the mutants died. He's come back to save them. He thinks Xavier and Magneto are both wrong. He has a different method. Xavier's too passive, Magneto's desire to kill all humans is the wrong [approach]. But Cable's motto was, 'Come back, be a man of action, don't wait to get things done, get things done. Act immediately, and act on behalf of the future.'"
4. Director David Leitch signed on due to the movie's personal stakes.
Leitch flew to New York to speak with Ryan Reynolds and producer Simon Kinberg, who told him, "We want to give the appearances of a big superhero movie, But we don't want a big superhero movie. We don't want global stakes, we want personal stakes," Leitch said. "And I think that that line right there is the main reason I said yes."
5. Ryan Reynolds had to hold his breath underwater for around 2 minutes during filming.
The afterlife scenes following Wade's various suicide attempts were shot underwater in a large tank, and Reynolds says in the featurette "David Leitch Not Lynch - Directing DP2" that he had to hold his breath for around 2 minutes at a time. Scuba divers were present in case he lost consciousness.
6. Filming was so secretive that actors weren't even given scripts in advance.
Says Peter actor Rob Delaney in the "Deadpool's Lips Are Sealed - Secrets And Easter Eggs" featurette, "I remember talking to my agents and being like, 'Could I maybe [have] like a character breakdown,' as they call it in the business, 'or maybe some sides?' Sides are like a few pages of the script that your character will say or do. And they were like, 'Nope, you can't have those. But Ryan [Reynolds] will call and talk you through.' And he did, and it was really exciting, what he said."
7. They used code names pervasively throughout filming.
Ryan Reynolds was referred to as either "Chaplin" or "Keaton," depending whether he was portraying Deadpool or Wade in a given scene, according to writer and executive producer Paul Wernick. He says they needed a legend of code words just to read the script.
8. Slash from Guns N Roses hung out on set for a while.
The cast and crew, including Josh Brolin and Ryan Reynolds, were excited to take pics with the guitarist, but everyone was warned not to post them, or to at least Photoshop them heavily to remove spoilers--including shots with Juggernaut in the background, as that was one of the movie's big secrets.
9. Fans guessed that Juggernaut would appear in the movie.
Deadpool fans guessed that actor Jack Kesy would be playing the comics character Black Tom when his casting was revealed as a fake character named "Black Bob," or something similar, according to writer and executive producer Paul Wernick. Black Tom and Juggernaut are linked in the books, so fans correctly speculated that Juggernaut would appear as well. Wernick acknowledges that that code name for Black Tom was not sufficient to hide the character's identity.
10. Juggernaut's physical stand-in on set looks hilarious.
Juggernaut was created entirely with CGI for the movie, but they still needed a physical representation of the character while shooting.
11. Ryan Reynolds provided the voice and motion capture for Juggernaut.
While director David Leitch provided the character's face, according to Reynolds.
12. Brad Pitt joined the movie as Vanisher because he thought it was funny.
"Given the fact that the character had been onscreen for two or three minutes at that point and nobody had ever seen or heard him, and then it's just this reveal right at his death that it's actually Brad Pitt--he just thought it was so funny, and because of that he was in," says Reynolds.
13. Terry Crews thinks superhero movies have grown "pretentious."
"When you look at the whole superhero genre in itself, it kind of got a little pretentious, you know what I mean? It's so self important. It became like the Oscars, you're like, 'Wait a minute, stop, stop stop, let's take this back, and let's put some fun into this thing.'"
14. Alan Tudyk had a small cameo.
We didn't notice the first time we watched Deadpool 2, but one of the rednecks Cable encounters when he jumps back in time is played by actor Alan Tudyk.
15. Even more incredibly, that's Matt Damon.
According to Ryan Reynolds, Matt's makeup and prosthetics were so thick nobody on set recognized him during filming. He's not even in the credits.
16. The "toilet paper manifesto" is a bit that writer Rhett Reese has been repeating for years.
Apparently he really believes that toilet paper is not the most hygienic solution humanity should be able to come up with. "He is a strong believer in the wet wipe," says writer and executive producer Paul Wernick.
17. Director David Leitch doesn't believe fans will ever find every Easter egg in the movie.
"I challenge you to find them all," he says, clearly joking, but also probably a little bit not joking.
18. The Ice Box prison set was built to be a practical environment.
It wasn't extended using CGI--everything you see was really built. Director David Leitch says in the featurette "The Deadpool Prison Experiment" that it was their biggest spend in terms of set building.
19. The prison was designed in very specific ways.
For example, the cells are all clear because of the idea that they'd want prisoners with mutant powers in view at all times. In addition, the cells are surrounded by patterned safety glass meant to represent another layer of power-dampening technology on top of the prisoners' collars.
20. The Marvel comics villain Omega Red is among the Ice Box prisoners.
Among other recognizable X-Men characters, the comics villain Omega Red is prominently featured in the Ice Box prison scene.
21. The power-dampening collars are unique to the movie, not based on anything from the comics.
They needed a way to have all these mutants together in one place without their powers causing chaos.