In May, Deadpool 2 came out, giving audiences plenty of Ryan Reynolds’ Merc With a Mouth, but also Josh Brolin’s gruff Cable. But before Brolin was cast—and turned himself into a mound of muscle almost as big as his comic book likeness — speculation and idea were rampant about who would play the mutant.
Even Cable’s co-creator Rob Liefeld got into the mix.
Back in February 2017, Liefeld tweeted to actor Russell Crowe, saying that he should read for the part of Cable, who would be in both Deadpool 2 and X-Force. Crowe himself tweeted a response: “I should read for it?”
Flashforward to the present and there’s even more to that. In an interview with Collider at the Amazing! Las Vegas Comic Con, Liefeld said that seemingly innocuous tweet caused some problems for him when he woke up:
“One night before I went to bed, I didn’t know Russell Crowe was on Twitter, and I stupidly tweeted to Russell Crowe – not ever thinking he’d answer me – and I go ‘Hey Russell, you should read for Cable!’ That didn’t turn out very well, I got yelled at a lot, because I woke up – because he’s in Australia – to Russell Crowe saying ‘Read for it?!’ And my manager said ‘Yeah, Russell Crowe doesn’t read for parts Rob, you kind of insulted him.' I’m like ‘I’m sorry! They just haven’t picked Cable yet so I’m just putting it out there.’ And then my phone rings, so some Fox people may or may not have yelled at me for an hour.”
Ultimately Brolin was cast and Deadpool 2 was a financial hit. Liefeld himself even said that the film made him tear up.