A lot of the buzz surrounding the upcoming Deadpool 2 sequel is that it’s supposed to be even funnier than the original. But, let’s not forget that it’s also an R-rated action movie. Josh Brolin, the actor who plays the gruff Mutant from the future, Cable, certainly hasn’t. Brolin says he got “beat to shit” making the movie.

While speaking to Collider, Brolin praised director David Leitch’s action chops. Leitch co-directed John Wick, so he’s clearly experienced.

“[David] embraces what he’s very good at, which I think is very smart. There’s ton of action in it,” Brolin explained. “The tease is, a guy who’s 49 years old on the cusp of 50 who got in the best shape of his life, especially exteriorly, and I was extremely disciplined throughout that whole thing.”

Brolin’s discipline, which you can see examples of on his frankly bonkers Instagram account, didn’t prevent him from taking some blows during filming.

“I got beat to shit on that movie. That’s all I know,” he continued. “I had stuntmen throwing me all over the place. I’ve got a shoulder issue, I’ve got a knee issue that I’ve got to deal with now, but we got through it. We got through it. I pushed hard and I suffered because of it.”

Else where in the Collider interview, Brolin explained that Deadpool 2 would only introduce Cable so much, but that fans should expect to learn much more about the Mutant in the upcoming X-Force movies.

“I think we’re not trying to hide the fact that this is the beginning of Cable and absolutely not the end,” he explained. “I think when you’re sensitive about how you reveal this character there’s a sense of mystery in it, so then when we finally get into X-Force, you’re going to be with this guy full blown all the time. There’s a lot to be revealed. There’s a lot to be revealed, but there’s three more movies to reveal more.”


Deadpool 2 will come out in 2018.

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