Deadpool is currently in theaters, enjoying its second weekend of release. And it will likely be number one at the box office yet again. One of the superhero adventure's most popular characters is Colossus, who originally appeared in the X-Men movies. Wired has a new VFX video break down, which shows just how this metal monstrosity was rebooted for the big screen.
Serbian actor Stefan Kapicic is the man credited for playing Colossus. But as it turns out, it took four other actors to fully create this unique Marvel mutant. In the video embedded below, we learn that Greg LaSalle of VFX company Digital Domain was one of the men who helped establish Colossus for this 20th Century Fox outing. He contributed to the facial models for the superhero born Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin. Stefan Kapicic is responsible for providing the character's voice, and did a portion of the physical motion-capture performance. Says the actor about the role.
"I'm 6-foot-4, but [director Tim Miller] wanted Colossus to be over 7 feet. So they used a stunt double to recreate his height, and he did very good job there."
Actor Andre Tricoteux portrayed Colossus on set for a good portion of the shoot. For a while, it was believed that he would also be providing the voice of the character. But in December, it was announced that Stefan Kapicic was stepping in to play Colossus. Daniel Cudmore portrayed Colossus in 2003's X2: X-Men United, 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand and last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past. The actor confirmed in February that he decided against reprising his role. In an interview from last year, Stefan Kapicic had this to say about accepting the iconic role.
"Tim Miller's idea of Colossus was to be bigger and stronger than everyone else, so for the motion capture they needed an extremely tall man. I'm 6-foot-4, but he wanted Colossus to be over 7 feet, so they used a stunt double to recreate his height, and he did very good job there. Tim also wanted Colossus to sound as close as possible to the comic book character's background, so he had me to come in, since my voice was what he envisioned for Colossus, who has an authentic Russian accent. My character's voice gives him the past history as Piotr Rasputin once you hear him speak. This made him the most authentic to the original idea of the comic book character.We had been trying all sorts of depths, both vocal and emotional, while playing with variations of Russian accents to give a range to the role until we finally got what Tim wanted. Giving the voice and expressions to a character is giving it a soul. It is a specific type of acting and it must be precise as it has to bring a character to life. Colossus' voice is not much different than mine as Tim loved my natural color and range of voice, so we kept it and worked more on the Russian accent. The best note I received was to be authentic."
Ryan Reynolds stars as the Merc With the Mouth alongside T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, Ed Skrein, Brianna Hildebrand, Olesia Shewchuk, Style Dayne, Rachel Sheen and Dan Zachary. Tim Miller makes his directorial debut with Deadpool, working from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Take a look at how Colossus was created, then get ready to watch the movie all over again this weekend! But only if you really want too.