- Warning: Major spoilers below if you haven’t seen Bullet Train.
- David Leitch revealed to Insider how he made the film’s main surprise cameo.
- “You pay, and you want to be surprised,” Leitch said of giving viewers a little extra.
Since making “John Wick,” director David Leitch has not only elevated the action genre with films like “Atomic Blonde,” “Deadpool 2,” and “Hobbs & Shaw,” but he’s also brought us Some amazing cameo roads.
“Bullet Train” is no exception.
In some hilarious first-class cameos in this new action comedy, Brad Pitt plays a hired killer named Ladybug, whose latest job is boarding a train from Japan to Kyoto to pick up a briefcase.
This trend has been in Leitch films since Pete was revealed to be the Marvel character Vanisher in Deadpool 2, and he, like the rest of the X-Force team, faces a gruesome death in the film.
“The Gift of the Fast and the Furious: Hobbs & Shaw” kept surprise cameos popping up when Kevin Hart showed up for a hilarious interaction with stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
Now in “Bullet Train,” Leitch has leveled up again, giving us two very surprising and compelling cameos.
Channing Tatum plays a train passenger with an eccentric side that we meet a few times in the movie, and he brings some great laughs.
Then later in the film, the mysterious Carver is revealed. (In the movie, the name Carver is mentioned several times. He’s the assassin who was supposed to be at work but had to cancel at the last second, which resulted in Ladybug getting the show.)
When this flashback-laden backstory comes to a gripping conclusion, we learn that the whole thing was orchestrated to get Carver on the train.
In the explosion-filled footage, we find that Carver is played by “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds.
Leitch told Insider that all of these cameos are possible because of his and his cast’s relationships with various Hollywood stars. A single phone call can quickly complete a day’s work.
However, Leitch noted that in Reynolds’ case, he also made sure to remind the “Deadpool 2” star of his connection to Pitt.
“I just presented him with this thought, ‘Why don’t you pay for a cameo in Deadpool 2,'” Leitch said. “That’s what it’s really all about. He’s like, ‘I’m here.’ He really appreciates Brad doing this for him, so he really wants to support us on that.”
Leitch said he’s also starting to really enjoy making big cameos for audiences.
“When you pay to go to the theater, you want to have fun,” he said. “So looking at Hobbs and Shaw, or the last Deadpool, and this movie, the cameos really suit me, and I love them.”
“I look for opportunities, we look for relationships with actors,” he continued. “If the material feels right, I’ll lean on it. You pay and you want to be surprised.”
Bullet Train is currently in theaters.