Deadpool 2 co-writer asked Reynolds about Pitt’s involvement, claiming it was for a cup of coffee, with Reynolds clarifying, “Sort of embellished.” Reynolds described to Entertainment Tonight, “I was told all he wants is a cup of coffee and I said, ‘Like a franchise or just one individual cup of coffee?’ And I was told one individual cup of coffee, which was really his way of saying, ‘I’m doing it for nothing.’ And it was a total solid and the nicest thing anyone could do.”
In the film, The Vanisher is recruited to be a member of Deadpool’s X-Force due to his powers of invisibility. When a mission goes wrong, audiences catch only a few glimpses of the true identity of the character, with Brad Pitt appearing in a non-speaking capacity. With Pitt being one of the most recognizable actors of his generation, it made perfect sense in the absurd world of Deadpool to have the actor appear and not even say a word.
“I just loved it, because what’s more irresponsible than taking one of the biggest movie stars in the world and giving him a role that is utterly wordless and invisible with an exception of three frames of film?” Reynolds joked. “Yeah, that’s kind of amazing.”
There are lots of surprises in Deadpool 2, all which benefit from not knowing about them in advance, so if you haven’t seen the film yet, I’d advise against reading this article until you have. Last chance to turn back…
Still here? Good. As you’ll no doubt know, one of the best moments in the sequel was Brad Pitt’s tiny cameo as X-Force member The Vanisher. In the film, he has the power of invisibility and remains unseen for almost the entirety of the movie except for his death by electrocution. At which point, it’s revealed that he was Brad Pitt all along.
But what does it take to convince one of Hollywood’s biggest A-listers to appear in a cameo role? Apparently not much, according to an interview with writer Rhett Reese, who told Screen Rant the following:
Vanisher was a late add. It was the very last thing we shot on the Deadpool movie was [when] Brad Pitt came to set. He agreed to play Vanisher in return for scale, which is a very, very low number, a low, low salary and a cup of coffee from Starbucks delivered to him by Ryan Reynolds. So Ryan had to hand over that coffee to Brad in order for him to do the part.