Although he may be known for his badass characters in films like True Grit and Sicario, and can currently be seen as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, Josh Brolin, like all of us, is multi-layered, and he's really a softy at heart. Or at least he's a bit of a romantic with either excellent or terrible RomCom taste depending on your perspective. Josh Brolin revealed that he loves the 2009 romantic comedy The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, and it is part of the reason he decided to play Cable opposite Reynolds in Deadpool 2. In fact, Brolin loves it so much it actually might complicate his relationship with his Deadpool 2 co-star, as he explained:
I was a secret fan of The Proposal, having watched it several times by myself. I told Ryan. I was like, 'I don't know why this is, and I don't know what this means psychologically, behaviorally, emotionally, but I have kind of a crush on you.'
I really can't wait to see the dynamic between these two actors in Deadpool 2, but now all I can think about is Josh Brolin, Thanos himself, sitting alone being moved to tears and laughter by The Proposal, probably with a bowl of ice cream, the seeds of a crush being planted for Ryan Reynolds' Andrew Paxton. You should never meet your heroes, but apparently Josh Brolin's excessive exposure to The Proposal made him perhaps feel a bit too close to Ryan Reynolds, seeing in him the same charm that his character used to sweep Sandra Bullock off her feet. Maybe Brolin does have some issues psychologically, behaviorally and emotionally, but hey, that can only help his performance as the somewhat less than stable Nathan Summers. He'll just have to fight his feelings when battling the Merc with the Mouth.
Naturally, whenever Ryan Reynolds is involved, you know that the actor will have something funny to say in response. In this instance, Ryan Reynolds was incredulous that Josh Brolin is truly a fan of The Proposal, instead believing it all to be a soft facade hiding a hardened interior. It just goes against all of Josh Brolin's Josh Brolin-ness, as Ryan Reynolds explained:
He's mentioned it many times, which is weird to me because he's so tough. I would just never imagine that. Like, he pretends he's, like, all sort of New Agey sometimes and all this stuff, but deep down inside I just think his heart is made of some, like, jagged chunk of Yosemite granite. I don't buy that underneath all this textured skin is a sweet little angel that loves romantic comedies. I don't buy it. Not for a second.
I love that not only did Josh Brolin reveal his feelings about The Proposal to Entertainment Weekly, but he told Ryan Reynolds himself more than once! I just imagine between takes Josh Brolin acting like a teenage fan and asking Ryan Reynolds about a nearly decade-old movie that came out before Reynolds had found his current success. Ryan Reynolds has no problem making fun of his past roles, so maybe we'll even get a reference to The Proposal squeezed in to Deadpool 2. With Deadpool, anything is possible.
Deadpool 2 hits theaters, awkward romantic tension and all, on May 18. If your cinematic tastes line-up with Josh Brolin's, presumably you can find The Proposal on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming. To learn about all the new movies heading to theaters this year, check out our release schedule, and for all the latest on The Proposal's continuing relevance and probably some superhero stuff too, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.