Brad Pitt Reveals Why He Made His Deadpool 2 Cameo

In Brad Pitt’s latest movie Bullet Train features a number of big name cameos from stars who Pitt has previously worked with, including Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock. The trio recently starred together in Bullock’s movie The Lost City, and her cameo in Bullet Train was something of a payback for Pitt’s appearance in that movie. Another star making an unexpected cameo in Bullet Train is Ryan Reynolds, who seems to have been returning the favor of Pitt appearing in Deadpool 2, something Pitt recently discussed with BBC Radio 1.

A connecting thread between Bullet Train and Deadpool 2 is director David Leitch, who also previously worked as Brad Pitt’s stunt double. When it comes to Pitt’s appearance in Deadpool 2, he forms part of Deadpool’s haphazard X-Force team called Vanisher, a character who is completely invisible and is not seen throughout the movie until the moment he dies by electrocution when he becomes visible and Pitt’s face is seen for just a brief moment. Although it may seem like a huge star like Pitt would have to be really coerced into making such a small cameo in a movie like Deadpool 2, it seems that he was pretty much on board straight away. He explained:

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“What was shooting that like? Pretty much, easiest thing I’ve ever done. Dave’s an old friend of mine and he used to be… he was my stunt double starting with Fight Club and all the way up till about 2004. And then he went off and became a really good director, which is rare. Rare. Ryan called and like, why not?”

Brad Pitt’s Bullet Train Finally Arrived This Weekend

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Bullet Train is an action movie set on, as you would expect, a bullet train, with Pitt playing an assassin who finds himself competing with a number of other killers-for-hire all attempting to carry out the same task, the collection of a briefcase. The film made its debut this weekend after bring delayed twice since its original release date back in April.

The movie hasn’t had an easy ride so far. It has been criticized for the casting of Brad Pitt and Joey King in the movie, which is based on a novel by Kotaro Isaka in which both of their characters were Japanese, with complaints being made that Bullet Train “whitewashes” the story by keeping Japanese characters in the background. However, author Isaka hit back at the criticism, saying that it was irrelevant as the characters were “not real people.”

While the movie managed to mostly side-step this initial criticism, the same cannot be said of the first reviews of the movie, which have certainly been mixed at best. Bullet Train is currently sitting on a 54% approval rating, with the general opinion being that the film’s action sequences aren’t enough to stop the story “running out of track” by the final act. Bullet Train is currently expected to gross around $26 million over the weekend, but has a long way to go to re-coop its $90 million budget.