While we knew Josh Brolin took some convincing (from Mark Ruffalo, of all people) to play Thanos in the Avengers films and his wife needed to cajole him into taking the role of Cable in Deadpool 2, the latter superhero movie also has another factor to thank for landing the stony actor. Add Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds’ charms to the list of things that have cast major superhero blockbusters, because according to EW, their romantic comedy The Proposal helped sway Brolin toward the Merc With a Mouth.
The smash rom-com success (it was the 20th highest-grossing film of 2009) may have had mixed reviews, but nobody — even detractors — denied the chemistry and charm of the leads. That charm was so strong it seduced even the outwardly craggy Brolin. “I was a secret fan of The Proposal, having watched it several times by myself,” said Brolin, who may or may not have simply been busting Reynolds' chops.
“I told Ryan," Brolin said, "I was like, ‘I don’t know why this is, and I don’t know what this means psychologically, behaviorally, emotionally, but I have kind of a crush on you’.” Man-crushes can sometimes lead to big professional decisions, but maybe he simply liked the power dynamic between the serious and powerful book publisher played by Bullock and the jokey assistant played by Reynolds. She was, in a way, her Cable to his Deadpool.
Reynolds faces this professed love with more than a little skepticism, saying, “He’s mentioned it many times, which is weird to me, because he’s so tough. I would just never imagine that. Like, he pretends he’s, like, all sort of New Agey sometimes and all this stuff, but deep down inside I just think his heart is made of some, like, jagged chunk of Yosemite granite.”
“I don’t buy that underneath all this textured skin is a sweet little angel that loves romantic comedies. I don’t buy it. Not for a second,” Reynolds finished. But watching Thanos and, soon, watching Cable, audiences may take solace in knowing that, deep in these characters’ hearts, maybe they too enjoy the repartee of a late ‘00s rom-com about faking it ‘til you make it.