Deadpool is about to be unleashed in theaters on Friday, and Fox is so excited about it that the studio has already greenlit a sequel. (Not bad for a film that was originally passed on and only got made after the test footage leaked and sent fans into a frenzy.)
With that news in mind, one of the film’s stars, T.J. Miller, stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) and told Jessica Shaw and yours truly what he would like to see for his character, Weasel, in Deadpool 2. In the first Deadpool, Weasel acts as Wade Wilson’s (a.k.a. Deadpool’s) dry-witted sidekick who has little desire to actually get his hands dirty. But Miller is hoping future chapters of the franchise allow the character to start packing heat.
“They announced that they’re going to do [the sequel],” says Miller. “I keep asking them to give Weasel some guns. I think that would be really fun. Because eventually in the comic book he becomes a superhero but, like, not a great one. He’s the Penetrator. He really is! He’s like, ‘I’m going to be the Penetrator. We’re going to penetrate injustice!’ And people are like, ‘I don’t think that’s a great name.’ And I’m like, ‘Why? It makes perfect sense.’”
Miller by no means is issuing any demands, but the actor sees potential comedic gold out of putting Weasel in some big-budget action sequences. “If they’re not going to bring me into that aspect of it, then I’m okay with that too,” he says. “I think the physical comedy in action sequences is fantastic. Like 21 Jump Street did a great job with that. So that’s kind of what I would like for Deadpool 2.”
Miller says a positive audience response for the movie could serve as a wake-up call to Hollywood for when it comes to more adult fare. “I hope that people love this one so much that they’re kind of clamoring for it,” says Miller. “Because then we’ll make a second one and then a third one. And we want to do that in part so that every year or so we are reminding Hollywood — hey, remember you can do R-rated stuff. You can do stuff that is totally askew. You can do things that are of a tone that people rarely see. And it can be successful. I think that’s good for the film industry.”
To hear Miller chat about the future of Deadpool, check out the SoundCloud player above.