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Deadpool 2: How Slash from Guns N' Roses nearly led to a Juggernaut spoiler, and more trivia from the digital release

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Aug 13, 2018

With Deadpool 2 now available on digital platforms, you just know we had to dig through all the special features and audio commentary. If you decide to pick up the film on iTunes, you'll actually be getting your money's worth ($21.31 to be exact), since you're getting the Super Duper Cut, a few deleted scenes, over an hour of behind-the-scenes featurettes, X-Force bios, and a doozy of a commentary from star Ryan Reynolds, director David Leitch, and screenwriting duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

We sifted through all of these like an old-timey prospector might have panned for precious metals, and discovered a ton of stuff about the Marvel sequel that we didn't know before. From codenames to casinos, here are the revelations we discovered on Deadpool 2's digital edition. 

Secrets, secrets, and more secrets

There were a ton of precautions taken to prevent Deadpool 2 spoilers from reaching the internet and they included near-draconian restrictions on the cast. For example, the actors playing the members of X-Force (Terry Crews, Zazie Beetz, Bill Skarsgard, Lewis Tan, and Rob Delaney) weren't even allowed to tell their agents and managers about their roles. They were only allowed to know that their clients would be in Deadpool 2. Lewis Tan (Shatterstar) was nervous to even confide in his girlfriend. Delaney, on the other hand, asked his representation for a bio on his character, or maybe to see some pages of the script. They said no and Ryan Reynolds had to speak to him first, giving him a rundown of Peter.

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Moreover, the scripts provided on set each day were printed in red because it's a hard color to photocopy. The pages, which were only fragments of the entire screenplay (they're known as "sides"), were then handed in to the script coordinator at the end of the day, when she would proceed to shred them. 

Slapstick sticklers

Physical comedy is a big part of why the Deadpool movies work so well. Unlike the fare from Marvel Studios, they can show baby genitals (not that you'd want to see that) and pulsating intestines. These sound more disgusting than hilarious, but in the context of Wade Wilson's world, they're side-splitting. That being said, a lot of Deadpool 2 was inspired by some of the slapstick legends from the silent-film era like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. According to co-screenwriter Wernick, Reynolds was given the codenames of "Chaplin" and "Keaton," depending on whether or not he was in his red costume for a certain scene.  

Nothing can stop the Juggernaut (or Matt Damon)

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Some speculated that this classic X-Men villain (also Professor X's brother) would be showing up, but luckily, it remained a surprise until the sequel's theatrical release in May. However, it was nearly spoiled by Slash, of all people. The Guns N' Roses guitarist visited the set on a day when the production was shooting the final fight with Juggernaut, and, of course, everyone had to get a photo of him with the model of the character looming in the background. 

"Slash showed up and the crew lost their f***ing minds, and rightly so," says Reynolds in a featurette on the digital edition. "Slash is a legend, and suddenly, all of these pictures of Slash were on people's phones with Juggernaut in the background. You're like, 'Guys, you can't post any of those, or at least Photoshop the crap out of them.' "

Reynolds handled the voice and body motion capture for Juggernaut, but the facial mo-cap was done by director David Leitch, who also cameos as one of the mutants Cable pushes out of the Ice Box convoy truck. 

"It just became efficient for time that, instead of keeping a mo-cap actor around, I would just do the facial capture," explains Leitch.

Matt Damon's casting was another secret that not even the crew knew about, especially after Damon (going by the codename "Charlie") had spent four hours in the makeup chair. The cameo memorably has Damon's character —  named "Redneck #2" — pontificating about, um, wiping one's self, and the actor nailed the part after Reynolds called him and sent over the script pages. "Charlie"'s buddy is played by Alan Tudyk, who got the role thanks to Reese's love of Firefly, and together, both actors made up "the dream team." 

Luck be a lady

The only member of the X-Force to survive is Domino. Her superpower is that she's lucky, which Wade doesn't find very cinematic. It does sound hard to conceptualize luck on the screen, but Leitch was a big fan of the Rube Goldberg circumstances that allow her to survive death and other dangerous situations. According to the character's bio on the digital edition, she's been banned from every casino in Las Vegas. In addition, Ryan Reynolds revealed that around 30 actresses read for the part, but when Beetz showed up, he was instantly sold. 

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"She was halfway through her first page of dialogue and I remember looking over at one of the other producers and Rhett and Paul and just going like [whispers], 'This is the one,' and Dave Leitch was just nodding his head in the back."

The cat's meow

When Wade first arrives at the X-Mansion, you might notice that his shirt has two cats on it. What you might not know is that those felines, Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey, actually belong to Taylor Swift. The T-shirt was made simply because Reynolds found it funny, but then 20th Century Fox's legal department made him get signed permission from Swift to use her cats' likenesses. 

"She graciously and kindly gave it to us," says Reynolds on the commentary. 

Breaking up is hard to do

The death of Deadpool's girlfriend, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), is the catalyst that kicks off the sequel's main action. Without it, Wade never would have met Russell (sorry... Firefist) or discovered his family in the form of Cable, Domino, Dopinder, Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Kimiko. Originally, Wade and Vanessa were just going to break up, but killing her off and taking everything away from the character was deemed more crucial to the story.

"[There was] a huge, huge debate for three years since we started developing the script in June of 2015 about what to do with Vanessa," Wernick says on the commentary track. "Deadpool works when you take everything away from him. We debated forever as to, 'Is it too dark to [kill her]? Ultimately, I think this is the only version that really works. By taking everything away from him at that moment, it drives the character for the rest of the movie.'"