Deadpool 2 Took A Subtle Jab At T.J. Miller
Last year, one of our favorite actors was accused of sexual assault. No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or th- no wait, go back. Yeah, that's the one -- T.J. Miller, best known for Silicon Valley, Deadpool, and, of course, The Emoji Movie. After the accusations came out (in the midst of Johnny Law kicking his ass for calling in a fake bomb threat, FYI), Deadpool fans began to wonder if Miller's already-filmed role in the sequel would end up on the cutting room floor.
Miller's character was kept, but in true Deadpool style, the movie found a way to call him out:
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20th Century FoxWho plays Deadpool in the Deadpool universe version of Deadpool 2? Ryan Gosling?
During the standoff at the orphanage / mutant torture center, footage from a news helicopter appears onscreen, along with a chyron about how Christopher Plummer has refused a role in Deadpool 2. The movie you're currently watching. If you've been keeping up with the ins and outs of Hollywood of late, you know that's a reference to the fact that Plummer replaced serial sex pest Kevin Spacey in All The Money In The World at the last possible minute (that is, a month before the movie came out). As hilarious as it would have been to get the real Plummer to stand in for Miller (if it was too late for reshoots, there's always CGI), we can't say we'd blame him if he really turned down the part. With all the scandals going around, the dude's agenda is probably booked for the rest of his life.
And hey, this wasn't the only use of the ol' insulting chyron bit this year ...
Jurassic World 2 Threw Some Quality Shade At Trump
Let's be real here, the only bright spots in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom were the all-too-brief cameo by Jeff Goldblum and the surprisingly high number of burns directed at President Trump. Which makes sense; the franchise is one long indictment of rich white guys who don't care for the consequences of their inept ventures.
The first comes in the opening moments of the movie, when news footage of the soon-to-explode dinosaur island plays with this chyron: U.S. PRESIDENT QUESTIONS "EXISTENCE OF DINOSAURS IN THE FIRST PLACE." That's a jab at President Infowars' well-documented tendency to make up wild conspiracy theories about inconvenient truths. It's such a frighteningly feasible Trump moment that we have to wonder if Steve Bannon didn't do an uncredited punch-up on the screenplay.
Universal PicturesSarah Sanders knew it was only a movie, but she still had a panic attack trying to figure out how to spin this one.