Everyone knows that Josh Brolin put in work when contributing to films in both the MCU and Fox’s X-Men universe, but did you know that he enjoyed working on one more than the other?
Recently while appearing on the Team Deakins Podcast, where the Goonies veteran spoke about playing the villains Cable in DEADPOOL 2 and Thanos in Avengers, Brolin compared his time on the set of Fox’s Deadpool sequel to a “business transaction.”
“Deadpool was hard,” Brolin admitted during his guest spot on the show. “Even though it was funny, it was harder.”
Then, Brolin dropped the line that all the news outlets, including this one, are latching on to. “That was more of a business transaction, it was more, ‘We need to make this like this,’ which I didn’t feel that way with Avengers.”
To be fair, that kind of language is bound to turn a few heads. Especially since, at a first glance, it sounds like Brolin is making his Cable role to be more of an ordeal than something he actually enjoyed performing. While I don’t think this is the case, entirely, it certainly sounds as if working with Fox was perhaps an arduous experience.
After dropping the “business transaction” line, Brolin then spoke about his time while working with Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed 2018’s AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and AVENGERS: ENDGAME, saying, “When I said yes to Avengers, it was a small thing, it was a cameo. But when they came to me, they gave me a big bible.”
“The fact that it was all the Avengers against this one guy, I liked that aspect of it,” Brolin elaborated. “The more I talked to the Russo brothers, I mentioned [Marlon] Brando in Apocalypse Now [as inspiration]. I started seeing the parallel which I liked for me.”
Brolin also mentioned that the brothers Russo would often speak with him about classic cinema, and ask him to draw inspiration from iconic performances of yesteryear. It was a language that Brolin could understand and appreciate, especially when crafting Thanos’ unforgiving nature and undeniable gravitas.
“They would constantly go back and reference Scarface or Dog Day Afternoon,” Brolin said. “Whether or not it was a manipulation, they knew what to throw out there to bring it back into something inspired.”
Alright, so perhaps Brolin’s take on playing Cable isn’t as controversial as headlines would have you believe, but it still makes you think, right? I’d imagine that Fox and Disney are two entirely different animals and that each studio has their own ideas about what makes a superhero film work. At the end of the day, both studios want to bleed every dollar from their next big superhero spectacle, and you don’t get those returns unless everything is built to the algorithm they feel works for them. Damn you math, why you gotta go and make people feel like they’re a part of a machine? You should have remained in highschool where you belong. Heh. I’m just kidding. Math is awesome, it makes the world go round. Alright, I’ll go away now. Have a great day.