Brad Pitt Has Finally Spoken Up About His Biggest Cameo

Brad Pitt has portrayed many iconic characters in his career, and now he is speaking up about his most dramatic cameo.

By Mark McKee | Published

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Brad Pitt is one of the biggest stars on the planet. He has been in front of fans’ eyes for three decades, enjoying some of the most beloved movies of all time like Se7enFight Club, and Interview with a Vampire. Over the last decade or so, a newer trend in Hollywood has developed with well-known actors appearing in movies in cameos or small parts that traditionally are saved for unknowns or newer performers. Tom Cruise as Les Grossman in 2008’s Tropic Thunder, Matt Damon as a punk rocker in Eurotrip, and Daniel Craig as a stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens are some of the best in the last two decades. Even Brad Pitt had one in the Channing Tatum/Sandra Bullock action comedy, The Lost City. However, he has been silent on his most popular cameo until now. 

On a press tour for his newest action film, Bullet Train, Brad Pitt sat down and discussed his most popular cameo with BBC Radio. Four years after the movie was released, Brad Pitt addresses his tiny bit part in Deadpool 2 as Vanisher. When Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) puts together a crack (or crackpot…) team of super-beings, he selects a curious collection of personalities. One of which is Vanisher. As the group leaves on the mission, they jump out of a plane in a fully Deadpool overdone maneuver. Once they got to the ground, one seemingly empty parachute landed on an electrical wire, electrocuting Vanisher and revealing Brad Pitt’s face. Pitt told BBC Radio why he took such a minor role. 

Since his appearance was as an invisible character, and the only glimpse you get of him is a split second during his electrocution, it was simple work. Brad Pitt told BBC Radio it was the most effortless work he had ever done, which should be true since he had zero lines of dialogue and one simple glimpse on screen. His part is something that the filmmakers could have accomplished over Zoom. He had one other reason to do the cameo. The director of Deadpool 2 is David Leitch, who Pitt reveals was his stunt double from Fight Club until 2004. So when Ryan Reynolds called him, he couldn’t resist. 

You can see Brad Pitt in his newest action film, Bullet Train, which follows him as an assassin with an attack of conscience. He avoids killing anyone as he attempts to retrieve the ultimate McGuffin, a mysterious briefcase. Unlucky for him, the other handful of assassins on the train don’t share his restraint from killing. Brad Pitt isn’t the only one you can catch in the film, as he seems to be starting a new trend in the cameo game. Tit for tat. Repaying the favor of acting in cameos for their own movies, Pitt has enlisted the help of Channing Tatum, Sandra Bullock, and Ryan Reynolds in their own cameos in the film. Next time you see a big-name cameo in a bit part of a film, keep a sharp eye for their repayment in their next movie.