Ryan Reynolds recently uploaded a photo to Instagram featuring himself alongside Hugh Jackman and Pierce Brosnan in a ‘three wise monkeys’ pose, suggesting that a secret is shared amidst the three of them.
This has lead many on the internet to theorize that Pierce Brosnan will be joining the other two in the X-men film universe, perhaps as the character Cable. Cable has been confirmed to be a main character in the upcoming sequel to the smash hit dark comedy superhero film Deadpool. Nothing is for certain yet. However, it brings to mind the question: is Pierce Brosnan a good choice to play the character? It’s hard to say, but there’s many reasons to doubt.
Pierce Brosnan is, of course, most famous for playing James Bond during the 90’s, and as such has come to represent many of the things that James Bond represents: sophisticated charm; a debonair sort of dangerous. You can easily see Pierce Brosnan gliding around in a suit, effortlessly defeating generic henchmen without getting a wrinkle in his tie. The problem is that Cable is the opposite of suave.
Cable is a huge, ripped, grizzled cyborg from the future with a huge chip on his shoulder. He’s a good guy, but hardly nice: in fact, he’s one of the original gritty 90’s anti-heroes. It’s kind of hard to imagine Pierce Brosnan as a buff, gun-toting time traveler. The character also happens to be the son of Cyclops, so it’ll be funny to see Pierce Brosnan playing the son of James Marsden, or, as of X-Men: Apocalypse, Tye Sheridan.
I’ve always thought Ron Perlman would be the best choice to be Cable. Not only does he naturally possess a hulking physique, he already looks quite similar to the character in terms of hair and facial structure. Plus, he’s already proved he can play a surly superhero with the Hellboy movies, where he portrayed the gruff but lovable eponymous character perfectly. That said, if Pierce Brosnan is chosen to be Cable, he might still do a great job. All he really has to do well, for the sake of comedy, is be a deadpan foil to Deadpool’s non-stop antics. Furthermore, Pierce Brosnan is a lot older than he was back in his Bond days, and now he might be able to bring a world-weariness to this performance that doesn’t seem apparent in his earlier work. After all, he is an actor; it’s his job to play different types of people.
Clearly, the choice of who plays Cable is important to the creators of the film as well. Serious disagreements in creative vision were reported between Ryan Reynolds and Tim Miller, director of the first film. Specifically, it’s reported that disagreements about the casting of Cable was what led to Miller departing from work on the sequel entirely.
In the end, what matters most is that this sequel lives up to the hype. We were denied the presence of Cable in the first film, but no matter who plays him now, we can all expect him to be great addition to the epic farce that is the Deadpool film franchise. I hope the next one will be even better than the first, so that the Deadpool films can keep poking fun at a film genre ripe for satire.