If Avengers: Infinity War and the role of Thanos merely requires some motion capture work and a booming line of dialogue here and there, then the opposite is true for Cable.
Alongside Domino (Zazie Beetz), Nathan Summers is one of the high-profile newcomers on the Deadpool 2 roll call, and after Pierce Brosnan, Kyle Chandler, Stephen Lang (Avatar), Michael Shannon, Keira Knightley, and soon-to-be Hellboy actor David Harbour were all linked with the gig, Infinity War‘s Josh Brolin sealed a deal to play Cable opposite the Merc With a Mouth.
It’s a role the actor has wholeheartedly embraced, too, posting a steady stream of updates from the make-up chair and even the gym, where Brolin has spent long hours getting into shape in the hope of portraying an accurate version of Nathan Summers. The one-eyed, time-travelling mercenary is a bona fide fan-favorite amongst comic book fans, one that was even name-dropped during the finale of Tim Miller’s Deadpool last year, so there is a particular weight of expectation pressing down on Brolin’s burly shoulders.
But at least based on the praise pouring in from his co-stars, fans have nothing to worry about when it comes to Josh Brolin’s performance. In fact, while doing the press rounds for his Charlize Theron-fronted actioner Atomic Blonde, director David Leitch admitted that he “couldn’t be happier” with the actor.
When he graciously agreed to do the role, Ryan [Reynolds] and I were through the roof; we love him. He’s such a great actor, he brings a humanity to Cable, but he also has the depth of acting chops to hang with the comedy when needed. He’s bringing that character to life in the short 12 days we’ve been shooting and I couldn’t be happier.