Josh Brolin recently opened up to Empire Magazine in a new interview about the major roles he is playing in two huge blockbuster movies this summer, as he is playing Thanos in ‘Avengers: Infinity War‘ and then Cable in ‘Deadpool 2.’ The irony of it all is that Brolin has stated in the past that he is not overly fond of franchises, but here he is in two major franchises playing characters that fans love and have been dying to see up on the big screen for a few years now. However, according to the interview, Brolin has some very legitimate reasons for what he is doing.
While speaking about the role of Cable and the number of times he is going to be making appearances in the ‘X-Men’ movie universe, Brolin stated the following:
“We think about it in four movie terms. We tried to think of Cable as a full arc, not just in this movie, but in the trajectory of four films. That made it a lot more fun for me.”
So it seems that for Brolin, his dislike of franchises has more to do with the open-endedness of it all, of being expected to play that character over and over again with no end in sight (think of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine), and he was okay with the Cable commitment because it had a number of movies set in stone beforehand (though if his character is beloved, and the films he appears in do well, I guarantee 20th Century Fox (or Disney by then) will be offering him A LOT of money to come back as Cable for many more movies).
What are those 4 films you might be wondering? After ‘Deadpool 2,’ most likely the 2nd is ‘Deadpool 3,’ cause even if ‘DP2’ tanks I feel like they will still give it one more try due to the popularity of the original. And then there are the ‘X-Force’ movies, and I’m assuming Cable will probably be in the first two of those as well.
When asked about his role as Thanos over in the MCU during the same interview, as well as the fact that this is another big franchise role he is in, Brolin said:
“I don’t like the idea of a franchise, personally. That’s what makes the Thanos thing really great. It’s a finite thing, and I like that.”
Which of course makes sense, as no one really expects Thanos to survive past ‘Avengers 4‘ and even if he does, I highly doubt he will ever be built as the major threat in the MCU that he was up to this point. I imagine they will have bigger and better villains to throw at our heroes for the next generation and will not be recycling Thanos again. But I could be wrong, and so could Brolin, but I doubt he would come back for Thanos round 2. Since the villain wears so much prosthetics and make-up anyway, it is not like it would be for them to get someone else to play the part and most audiences would not be able to tell, especially if it is YEARS down the road.
What are your thoughts on Brolin’s dislike of franchises, yet present in two of the biggest ones this summer? Are you excited to see what he does as Thanos? Cable? Feel free to share your opinions in the comments below!
Source: The Playlist