Matt Damon’s cameo in Deadpool 2 may not have been as brief as Brad Pitt’s, but you can imagine that even fewer audience members managed to identify him, with The Martian actor buried beneath enough prosthetics to make the Hollywood A-lister virtually unrecognizable.
Damon’s all-too-brief appearance is a typical troll move for the Deadpool series made all the more ridiculous by the hygiene-related dialogue he shares with a similarly disguised Alan Tudyk. It’s a moment that comes up in one of the special features on the sequel’s home video release, too, prompting co-writer Rhett Reese to explain where the inspiration for this unusual and informative scene came from.
“It’s been sort of an old runner of mine. I’ve told my friends this and people know this about me. I do this bit about the inadequacy of toilet paper to create the appropriate hygiene for a human being. So I did it for Ryan [Reynolds] at one point and we just all looked at each other and said, ‘well this has to go into the movie somehow.’”
But while a scene of two rednecks discussing the limitations of toilet paper in the middle of superhero movie is all well and good, the question then emerged of which fine thespians could do these lines justice.
“So then we thought, ‘well, what caliber actor would we need to do a scene where two rednecks talk about wiping themselves after spending some time on the toilet.’ Of course, you have to have somebody Oscar caliber doing that kind of bit. Matt was very receptive so Ryan ended up sending him the pages. Matt called him back and said ‘I’m in.’”
Ultimately, the scene doesn’t end too well for Damon and Tudyk’s characters, with their toilet paper discussion being cut short by the arrival of a typically violent Cable. Nonetheless, co-writer Paul Wernick reports that the rednecks’ words planted a seed in the mind of Damon himself, who’s since chosen to live by their advice.
“Matt’s now a wet wipes guy himself after he read the pages.”
If you wish to hear these influential lines again, or just want to check out the cameos that you might’ve missed the first time, Deadpool 2 is out now on Digital, DVD and Blu-Ray.