Despite portraying the character across numerous installments in Fox’s X-Men series, Daniel Cudmore opted to forego a role in the studio’s R-rated rendition of Deadpool as Piotr “Peter” Nikolaievitch Rasputin.
Many fans were taken aback by the casting changeover, though it wasn’t long before Fox instated Russian actor Andre Tricoteux took his place as the steely mutant, and the newcomer recently divulged some juicy details regarding the role in an interview with Tech Times.
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Though many believed the Colossus we see in Deadpool will act as a departure from the character’s comic book origins, Tricoteux stated that what we see on the silver screen in 2016 will be “very true to the original character,” while also praising Tim Miller’s vision for the movie.
“The Colossus you’re going to see in Deadpool is very true to the original character in the comic book. [Director] Tim Miller had a really clear vision, and the Deadpool people had a really clear vision of what they wanted. They wanted Colossus to be very traditional to the original story.”
Miller’s commitment to the character’s roots is emblematic of Deadpool as a whole, which is precisely the reason that fans have got behind Fox’s R-rated take on the Merc with a Mouth. Indeed, the rip-roaring San Diego Comic-Con trailer was enough to cast out any lingering doubts about the atypical superhero origins tale, and we can look forward to the cocksure mercenary facing a formidable foe in Colossus.
“Yeah, I think you’re going to get to see more of who Colossus is. Like I said, we kept him really traditional to the comic book. So yes, I think people will get a better sense of who he is. But I think there’s still a lot more to be told about him. Colossus has been around in the comics since the ‘70s, so I mean, I think you could do your own movie on him. Yeah, you’re going to get to see a little bit more of who he is and kind of his outlook on the world.”
Deadpool will be dragged kicking and screaming into theaters on February 12, 2016.