Ryan Reynolds has a second role in Deadpool 2 as the voice of Juggernaut, and here’s why he played the giant X-Men villain in the sequel.
Ryan Reynolds had two roles in Deadpool 2, and here’s why he played Juggernaut in addition to playing Wade Wilson. Years after his first chance to play Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Reynolds successfully made up for the disappointment of the character’s treatment. 2016’s Deadpool was a massive hit and launched a new X-Men franchise for 20th Century Fox. The R-rated action-comedy superhero movie quickly got a sequel, and Deadpool 2 made sure to go bigger than the first.
Deadpool 2 introduced Cable (Josh Brolin), Domino (Zazie Beetz), and killed the first X-Force team shortly after they assembled. The sequel also gave the X-Men villain Juggernaut a chance at big-screen redemption. Juggernaut is one of the many inmates who were in Ice Box at the same time that Wade Wilson and Russell Collins aka Firefist. The latter formed an alliance with Juggernaut and helped him escape in exchange for the giant’s help in getting revenge on those who hurt Russell in the past. This leads to Juggernaut having a role in the third act, including a climactic fight with Colossus.
While Vinnie Jones played Juggernaut in his last live-action appearance, Deadpool 2‘s version of Juggernaut was a giant CGI creation. This gave the film an ability to create a more comic-accurate depiction of the villain’s intimidating physical appearance and the unbreakable helmet that obscures most of his head. A physical actor wasn’t needed to bring Juggernaut to life, but he does have a few lines that required someone to provide the voice. Instead of bringing a new actor aboard Deadpool 2, the voice fans heard was actually that of Ryan Reynolds and that decision was made for multiple reasons.
Ryan Reynolds revealed in the past that he initially voiced Juggernaut just to provide the production with a temporary track of audio for the character. This allowed Deadpool 2 to keep Cain Marko’s appearance in the film largely under wraps and the plan was for another actor to play the villain in the final cut. However, Ryan Reynolds claims that this was not possible due to the budget constraints on Deadpool 2. The sequel reportedly had a moderately big budget of $110 million, so Reynolds also might have been partially joking about the financial reasons for his second role. His temp track for Juggernaut’s voice was kept for the final and director David Leitch provided the facial capture.
Although the circumstances of why Ryan Reynolds played both Deadpool and Juggernaut in Deadpool 2 might be somewhat unique, it isn’t completely uncommon for actors to pull double-duty on major movies or franchises. Other recent examples include Benedict Cumberbatch playing Doctor Strange and voicing Dormammu in Doctor Strange or Eddie Murphy continuing to play multiple roles in his comedies. Should Juggernaut return in future installments of the franchise though, it will be interesting to see if Reynolds continues voicing him.
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- Deadpool 2 (2018)Release date: May 18, 2018
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