As I previously said, a pleasant surprise for me was the use of Juggernaut in Deadpool 2.
While I knew the character was teased in the trailers and spots, I figured Juggernaut would be a quick cameo, so I was really happy with what took place in the movie as I’m a big fan of the unstoppable half-brother of Professor Xavier.
Deadpool 2 director David Leitch reveals how they put Juggernaut together for the movie.
“We had somebody in a gray suit, you know, performance capture, but we weren’t recording,” Leitch said. “It was only for a reference on film. We weren’t recording mo-cap. He’s completely animated and so, we just thought, because his geometry, he’s so tall, getting performance capture onset for his physicality wasn’t effective. If it was going to be an actor where we saw his face, we would probably have done a face rig, but it wasn’t that situation. So, we had different stunt performers at different times play him as reference, but it was never a mo-cap situation.”
IMDB actually lists Ryan Reynolds as the face of Juggernaut.
“I’ll say this though, for the fight scene at the end with Colossus, we did do mo-cap reference, and so we had a smaller stunt performer — maybe like, 5′ 7″ — fighting a guy who’s 6′ 4″, 6′ 5″, and tried to get more proportions right,” Leitch said. “And we did the fight scene in mo-cap and put cameras on it. And it was still just a reference for the animators, it was really some great animation done by Framestore that pulled us over the finish line.”
Fox Studios has since revealed an official look at Juggernaut in Deadpool 2 and footage has been leaking online: