Huge X-Men 3 star turned down Deadpool 3 role due to the ‘mental toll’ of playing the character

Warning: Possible spoilers for Deadpool 3 ahead. Scroll ahead at your own discretion.

Unless you’ve been living under a dilapidated X-Mansion for the past couple of years, you’ve probably heard by now that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine won’t be the only big name X-Men character making his return in Deadpool 3; that’s because myriad X-Men characters (and characters from Marvel movies before they were under the Marvel Cinematic Universe banner) have been rumored to be making an appearance in the upcoming Deadpool and Wolverine film, whose first official teaser trailer dropped nearly a month ago on the same day as Super Bowl LVIII. Karan Soni, who played Dopinder in the first two Deadpool films, added more fuel to the fire this past weekend when he told Variety that “There are a lot of surprises. Let’s just say that a lot of people traveled to London [where Deadpool and Wolverine wrapped filming].”

While we won’t give an exact list of which characters exactly have been rumored to appear in Deadpool and Wolverine, despite how excited we are at the prospect of potentially seeing James Marsden’s Cyclops, Ben Affleck’s Daredevil or Halle Berry’s Storm back on the big screen alongside the Merc with a Mouth and Logan, one such X-Men character who won’t be making a return is Vinnie Jones’ Juggernaut, who served as an antagonist in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand.

“Funnily enough I just got asked to do ‘Deadpool,’ the new one now, and I spoke to the director and I just said it’s such a drama putting that suit on mentally and physically,” Jones told Yahoo Movies UK. “It had its mental toll as well because you’re in it and you can’t do anything all day, you can only drink through a straw. So we couldn’t strike the deal for ‘Deadpool [and Wolverine].’”

Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut in X-Men: Final Stand/Disney

While Jones couldn’t finalize a deal for reprising his role as the enormous Juggernaut, a character who was rendered entirely with CGI in Deadpool 2, he still professed his love for the Deadpool franchise and character.

“But ‘Deadpool’s’ my favorite movie of all fucking time more or less,” Jones added. “I really wanted to do it, but they didn’t have the budget to put me in the suit.”

Jones, who squared off against Jackman’s Wolverine and the rest of the X-Men in Last Stand, also explained that the shift in director from Matthew Vaughn to Brett Ratner was a perturbing move because it diluted the role that he had initially signed on for under Vaughn.

“The new director came on and it was not the same role as I had signed on to do,” Jones said. “They diluted the dialogue … The director brought in so many moving parts and so many other actors that mine got diluted. I lost all interest quite early because I knew they were just taking me along … I was very upset really. It was such a big stage and I became an extra, that’s what happened.”

Jones added, “I was going in and going, ‘Where is all my dialogue? Where is the storyline? For me it was shambles and it was a shame.”

Would you have liked to have seen Vinnie Jones reprise his role as the Juggernaut in Deadpool and Wolverine? Or did you prefer the CGI version of the character in Deadpool 2? Let us know in the comments.

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