There has been a lot of speculation about who might end up playing the growling, time-traveling mutant Cable in the upcoming sequel to Deadpool. There have been campaigns from actors like Stephen Lang and Ron Perlman, and suggestions from fans for people ranging from Pierce Brosnan to Jon Hamm. But although Deadpool and Cable creator Rob Liefeld was the one who suggested Hamm should play Cable, he seems to have changed his tune. Now he's thinking Russell Crowe should play the part, and Crowe has responded on Twitter (via /Film).
Here's how the exchange went down. First, Liefeld told Crowe that the actor should read for the part:
Then Crowe responded:
It's unclear whether Crowe was messing around and just acting as if he was vaguely offended at the notion of needing to read for the role instead of just having it offered to him, or if he was actually serious with that response. Either way, he replied again to Liefeld soon after:
That's the last we've heard from Crowe on the matter, and though it seems like it'd be a bizarre way to cast someone, stranger things have happened. Vin Diesel took suggestions from his Facebook fans about who they want to see him work with, and those suggestions led to Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson being cast in the Fast & Furious franchise. So it's not completely crazy to think that the creator of Deadpool and Cable could have a bit of influence over who might play the character in a movie...though it obviously falls to producer/star Ryan Reynolds and director David Leitch to make the final call. They're going to have to make a decision soon, so we look forward to seeing if they decide Crowe would be a good fit for the part.
What do you think? Would Crowe make a good Cable?