This week is a very exciting one for comic book fans. After two years of waiting Deadpool 2 has finally arrived in theaters, and is bringing the Merc with a Mouth back to theaters for a second adventure. Early reception for the sequel has been positive, praising how the franchise was able to expand into an ensemble project, while also giving its protagonist proper time to shine. One of the newcomers joining Wade Wilson for his sophomore blockbuster is Domino, played by Atlanta actress Zazie Beetz. Superhero movies are notorious for putting actors through grueling training, and Beetz recently told CinemaBlend's Eric Eisenberg about her love-hate relationship with the physical process. As she put it,
For me, the training aspect was super hard. Part of it were fun too. I enjoyed the fight training and boxing training. I think it's super mental and you have to engage your whole body, and you're sparring with people. But the weight lifting was very boring to me. That being said, I love my trainers.
Anyone who has ever gone to a gym can feel Zazie Beetz' pain. Because while she knew weight training and other forms of exercise were going to pay off when she played the mutant Domino, it didn't make it any less boring. Same, though.
While playing a superhero is any actors' dream, it comes with a massive amount of work and responsibility. Aside from filming and marketing the movie, there's also physical conditioning and training. Fans are eager to see footage of their favorite star getting pumped for comic book roles, and Beetz had to do it in order to properly live in Domino's lucky skin.
I put a lot of pressure on myself to do the character justice and deliver. So for me, emotionally, the biggest burden was getting out of the way of myself, and being free. Because that's when you get the best stuff.
Fans have been eager to see Domino in live-action for the first time, especially with Beetz playing the role. She's been teased to truly keep up with Ryan Reynolds in regards to improvisation, so it should be great to see her kick ass and deliver comedy in spades.
You can check out our conversation with Zazie Beetz and her co-star Julian Dennison below.