Bullet Train’s Director Got Ryan Reynolds to “Pay Back” Brad Pitt

In addition to having a fantastic ensemble cast, David Leitch’s Bullet Train also has a lot of excellent cameo appearances. Even though it’s the shortest of the four, Ryan Reynolds’ brief presence in the final act is undoubtedly a highlight. Given that he previously collaborated with Leitch on Hobbs & Shaw and Deadpool 2, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the Canadian actor will appear in the film; nevertheless, you probably aren’t aware of the exact method through which the filmmaker was able to get Reynolds for the role.

Bullet Train’s Director Got Ryan Reynolds to “Pay Back” Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt’s Role in Deadpool 2

If you think back to Deadpool 2, you might recall that Brad Pitt had a brief appearance as The Vanisher, an invisible X-Force member, even though his whole function was to show the character being electrocuted to death. According to David Leitch in an interview, Ryan Reynolds simply needed to be reminded of that amusing scene to get him on board with Bullet Train since it presumably became Reynolds’ way of expressing “thank you.” Leitch stated, “I just pitched him the idea of, ’Why don’t you pay back Brad for the cameo in Deadpool 2?’ That’s all it took. He was like, ‘I’m in.’ He was grateful that Brad did that for him so he wanted to support us on this.”

Bullet Train Is Different


Even if Brad Pitt’s involvement in Deadpool 2 was larger, Ryan Reynolds’ character in the action movie from 2022 has more of an influence on the story. Spoilers Ahead! Michael Shannon’s The White Death reveals in the Bullet Train’s conclusion that all of the assassins in the group were deliberately placed in the high-speed rain so that they would all end up murdering one another, and Brad Pitt’s Ladybug is the only one who is there by accident. Only after another professional killer named Carver called in sick did Ladybug receive the order to board the train; viewers see Reynolds as Carver in a very brief flashback.

It’s all a part of a cameo wheel that the Bullet Train actor wants to keep turning, as Brad Pitt described in an interview. In the August blockbuster that serves as a sequel to The Lost City, which debuted in theaters back in March and includes a special cameo by Brad Pitt in a modest supporting part, Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock both have unexpected roles. What sort of antics will Pitt, Reynolds, Tatum, and Bullock engage in next, and who else can they involve in the fun? Time will only tell.