We happen to be living in a lucky moment when we have not one, but two great performances from Josh Brolin in two very distinct superhero movies. But we might not have gotten either one of them, thanks to his first foray into the genre.
Millions of fans have now watched Brolin knock it out of the park as the genocidal Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, and starting tonight we'll be able to see him as the tormented, unstoppable soldier from the future, Cable, in Deadpool 2.
But Brolin's first role in a comics-based film was the title character in 2010's Jonah Hex, a project that did not turn out the way everyone involved probably hoped, to put it charitably (it currently holds a 12 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes). In fact, the movie's creative and commercial failure was enough to almost put Brolin off the genre permanently, as he told Screenrant:
"I was like, I just don't see that, you know, and I like doing these other types of movies and whatever that means, and we kind of dipped our fingers into Jonah Hex and that didn't turn out so well. So I was like, you know, I had an intention for that movie and I didn't reach it."
But as Brolin also said, "a good story is a good story" and he was intrigued when he was presented with the story for Avengers: Infinity War by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige:
"So I kind of stayed away from that thing but you know, there's something that happens when you have the opportunity, first when Kevin Feige is talking to you, and from a really like [as] a fan, you know, base point of view and he's saying, 'We thought of this great story and we always saw you doing it.' And it's not the compliments necessarily, but it's like all the Avengers against you."
Brolin added that he was well into his work on Infinity War and Avengers 4 when the opportunity to play Cable came up — and Brolin jumped at the chance (with some help from his wife) to team up with Ryan Reynolds:
"I got a thing for Ryan (Reynolds), man, you know, he's just a, I think he's a really smart guy. He created a tone that was really unique and I just said, yeah, why not? Let's do it."
Brolin's endearing man-crush on Reynolds aside, we can probably all agree that coming back to the superhero genre has been the right move for the actor. Infinity War is already one of the top-grossing movies of all time — with Thanos becoming a pop culture icon — and Cable is shaping up as one of the highlights of the highly anticipated and already acclaimed Deadpool 2.
Aren't you glad that Jonah Hex didn't permanently curse superhero movies for Brolin?