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It was just announced that Josh Brolin had nabbed the role of Cable in the upcoming Deadpool 2 - a seemingly out-of-nowhere piece of casting, primarily because Brolin is already committed to the very high-profile role of the villain Thanos in Marvel Studios' upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. The casting is solid, nonetheless - Brolin is a legitimately great actor, and definitely has the right look and feel for the role. But there's one problem: he's not Michael Shannon.

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You see, Michael Shannon had purportedly been the frontrunner for the role of Cable in Deadpool 2 - and that was impossibly exciting for us, for several reasons. We really wanted Shannon to be Cable in Deadpool 2, but now that that's not gonna happen, please just let us explain why he needs to keep getting cast in big budget superheroes movies nonstop RIGHT NOW:


1. We won't get more brutally honest, nihilistic interview quotes about superhero movies from him

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Michael Shannon is a prickly figure in real life - at least, gauging by the interviews he gives, where he neglects to stick to the PR-approved, friendly answers and instead says whatever cynical, dark thought enters his head at the time - notably this exchange with Vulture when discussing Batman vs. Superman, due to his participation in Man of Steel as Superman's goateed nemesis, Zod:

Michael Shannon: I'm so utterly unconcerned with the outcome of that fight. So profoundly, utterly unconcerned. I can't even come up with a fake answer. I guess I have to root for Superman because he killed me, so I would hope that he would continue his killing spree and become like a serial killer Superman. That's a new take on Superman. We'd all be in a heap of trouble if Superman was a serial killer. He could just wipe us all out. But then he'd be lonely.

Vulture: Isn't he already lonely?

Michael Shannon: Well, we're all lonely.

Michael Shannon not only plays a humorless, grimdark figure in movies and TV extremely well, but he really is one in real life - hell, he even admitted to falling asleep during Batman v. Superman! Casting him as Cable would have given us the opportunity to read even more high-profile interviews where he strangely undercuts his own movies and offers an insanely dark perspective that literally no other celebrity working in Hollywood today would even dream of saying.



2. Hell, we won't even get his bizarre responses to media inquiries for literally anything he's doing

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Michael Shannon gives the best celebrity interviews in the business, without question. Between his acute refusal to play into Jimmy Fallon-style fun storytelling or...well, anything beyond his own idiosyncratic style of cryptic nonsense - and the more big blockbuster movies he's in, the more interviews he'll be forced to do. And the more interviews he's forced to do (because he WILL have to be forced into this), the more opportunities we'll have to get exchanges like this from NY Magazine:

Michael Shannon was wearing a pin on his lapel that said "NO!" Surely some liberal cause, alongside all those ACLU ribbons. What does it mean? 

"It's just 'no,' " Shannon said. 

No to everything? 

"Yeah, just 'no,' " he said.

We need to keep Michael Shannon in the public eye - and with big budget superhero movies being the number one hot ticket item for the foreseeable future, getting Michael Shannon in more Marvel films (given it'd be hard for him to continue being in DC films at this point) is the way to go.

3. We won't get to see his red carpet outfit at the premiere

Michael Shannon's stone-faced, dead-eyed face of unrelenting doom was absolutely made for the glitz and glamor of Hollywood premieres. With the utterly serious grimace he constantly exudes combined with the anxious, PR-hungry press and a series of unique outfits, Michael Shannon appearances at premieres are something to be SAVORED.

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4. Oh, and he's a genuinely fantastic actor (if that matters)

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Beyond being a bizarre figure when stuck doing press or appearing at premieres, Michael Shannon is a beast of an actor - digging deep into his roles and characters and exposing whatever humanity lies within. And he's just as effective dramatically as he is comedically (and usually for the same reasons) - his Oscar-nominated performance in Revolutionary Road is incredibly powerful, sure; but look to his performance in the (otherwise kinda forgettable) Boardwalk Empire, where he plays both drama and comedy to a hilt. The character can be extremely serious and bring gravitas to the scene when needed, but gets completely comical once his stern-faced seriousness is played up against his increasingly ridiculous circumstances...which is exactly why he'd make a perfect foil for Deadpool.

Cable needs to be taken seriously - after all, he comes from a post-apocalyptic world where he's been hardened by the dark future that is inevitably approaching. But his role in Deadpool 2 will be to act as a counter to the increasingly absurd and immature antics of Deadpool - and the deeply-serious tone Michael Shannon instinctively strikes is pretty perfect for that.

None of this is to diminish Josh Brolin, who is ALSO great for the role. He's a great, versatile actor AND Deadpool can make a bunch of jokes about how he reminds him of Thanos or something. It's just that we REALLY wanted to hear Michael Shannon cynically complain about the state of culture or talk about his genuine disinterest in Deadpool 2 when doing the press tour for Deadpool 2.

So - please - someone cast Michael Shannon in more huge projects so we get to hear quotes like this:

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