As we grow nearer to the long awaited Deadpool film, fans have been growing more excited over the various secretive aspects of the film. One of the most talked about appearances in Deadpool is the famous X-Men hero, Colossus. Up until now, we believed him to be played by Andre Tricoteux. It is now reported and confirmed that Tricoteux was replaced in the eleventh hour by 37 year old, Serbian actor Stefan Kapicic. One of the most exciting aspects of any superhero film is learning about the various actors and actresses cast in the roles of some of our favorite heroes and villains. A self proclaimed “comic book geek”, Stefan Kapicic aims to bring audiences a Colossus that will surely please the die-hard fans.
In an Entertainment Weekly exclusive, Kapicic opened up about playing Colossus. Thanks to M4PR, we have select highlights from that interview to present to you here.
Did you have previous knowledge of Deadpool? Were you a fan?
Yes! I am big comic book geek. I can’t live without them! Deadpool was always one of my favorite characters because of the way he handles all kinds of situations. His style and humor make him the perfect antihero. It’s great finding a comic book character that doesn’t care about following traditional comic book rules like “breaking the fourth wall” and being explicit about everything! This gives Deadpool the arrogance which you just have to love.
Describe the feeling when you found out that you had received the part.
I still get chills when I think about it. Amazing! I’ve filmed before in USA, and have more than 80 roles in TV, Film, and theatre, but the feeling of becoming a part of the Marvel Universe as Colossus is incredible! Sometimes you just can’t explain that moment, but when you think about it you feel so happy and proud. This is a dream opportunity!
Your voice is used to create Colossus – but did the performance involve motion capture as well?
Tim Miller’s idea of Colossus was to be bigger and stronger than everyone else, so for the motion capture they needed an extremely tall man (I’m 6’4”, but he wanted Colossus to be over 7’, so they used a stunt-double to recreate his height, and he did very good job there). Tim also wanted Colossus to sound as close as possible to the comic book character’s background, so he had me to come in, since my voice was what he envisioned for Colossus who has an authentic Russian accent. My character’s voice gives him the past history as Piotr Nikolayevich Rasputin once you hear him speak. This made him the most authentic to the original idea of the comic book character.
I noticed on Twitter that you made a reference to the upcoming news about your casting in Deadpool and used the hashtag #dreamscometrue. Explain how this is a dream come true for you.
My grandfather bought me my first marvel comic book when I was six years old, and since then, it has been an ongoing love. It was an X-Men comic book.
Becoming a part of the Marvel Universe was my childhood dream. Like most kids growing up, I read a lot of comic books and acted out some of the characters with friends. Since I can remember, I wanted to be a superhero, so it’s not just a movie for me–or just another role–it’s a fulfillment of my dreams on so many levels.
I, more than ever, am now more excited about Colossus’ inclusion in Deadpool. The Ryan Reynolds film opens February 2016 with a new trailer set to debut this week. Stay tuned for more information.