It seems like every superhero movie released these days features at least one cameo, even if it's just the usual one from Stan Lee. With a franchise like Deadpool, though, you can usually expect more than just one brief appearance from a familiar face. Deadpool 2, with its numerous meta winks and nods to superhero cinema and Hollywood in general, features several notable stars in brief roles, including one you may have missed.
SPOILER WARNING: Plot details below about Deadpool 2!
Of course, since Deadpool 2 is a Marvel Comics-based film, we did get the customary cameo from Stan the Man (as a giant mural on the side of a building), but then the film went quite deeper into cameo territory. The current main cast of the X-Men films appeared in a single shot, Brad Pitt made a shocking brief appearance as "The Vanisher," and even star Ryan Reynolds got in on the cameo fun, appearing as himself in the film's post-credits scene and doing uncredited voice and motion capture work as The Juggernaut. It's a lot to process, which means that while you were busy making sure you recognized everyone in the movie, you may not have noticed Matt Damon.
Yes, Matt Damon is in Deadpool 2, albeit under quite a bit of makeup. So, where is he? Well, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have revealed to Yahoo! that Damon is one of the two rednecks (the other being Firefly star Alan Tudyk, another fun cameo) Cable encounters when he first arrives in Deadpool's time. Credited as "Dickie Greenleaf" (his character in The Talented Mr. Ripley), Damon has a nice chat about toilet paper before Cable makes off with the rednecks' pickup truck and beer. While Tudyk is pretty easy to spot in the scene, Damon was more hidden thanks to generous prosthetic work.
“They spent a lot of time in the makeup chair,” director David Leitch told Yahoo!. “Matt in particular. Bill Corso, our makeup artist, had three hours with him to put him in deep prosthetics and give him that beer belly.”
In fact, Damon is so obscured by his makeup, costume, and voice in the scene that countless viewers failed to pick him out during advance screenings of the film despite a decent chunk of screentime. Even the crew, according to Leitch, weren't aware who was playing the role. It wasn't until Damon's name was spotted in the credits that public knowledge of the cameo started to spread.
“We’ve sneaked him past everybody,” Reese said. “Literally thousands and thousands of people have seen the movie so far, and no one’s noticed.”
So the next time you see Deadpool 2, you'll know when to look for Damon's performance. It's also worth noting that this is Damon's second funny cameo in a superhero film in less than a year, as he also appeared as an Asgardian actor portraying Loki in Thor: Ragnarok last November. Will it end there, or will Damon show up somewhere in Avengers 4 next year? We'll have to wait and see.