Colossus role taken over by Stefan Kapicic for last-minute replacement in Deadpool movie
We have official images of the Colossus character in the upcoming Deadpool movie, which stars Ryan Reynolds in the title role. Previously, Andre Tricoteux, who will be seen in a recurring role on the CW’s iZombie, had played the Russian mutant for the Marvel film. However, it’s been confirmed that German-born Stefan Kapicic was hired on at the last minute to voice Piotr Rasputin aka Colossus.
[Director] Tim Miller’s idea of Colossus was to be bigger and stronger than everyone else, so for the motion capture they needed an extremely tall man. I’m 6-foot-4, but he wanted Colossus to be over 7 feet, so they used a stunt double to recreate his height, and he did very good job there. Tim also wanted Colossus to sound as close as possible to the comic book character’s background, so he had me to come in, since my voice was what he envisioned for Colossus, who has an authentic Russian accent. My character’s voice gives him the past history as Piotr Rasputin once you hear him speak. This made him the most authentic to the original idea of the comic book character.
Stefan went further, explaining the intrinsic way they went about finding just the right tone and accent for Colossus:
We had been trying all sorts of depths, both vocal and emotional, while playing with variations of Russian accents to give a range to the role until we finally got what Tim wanted. Giving the voice and expressions to a character is giving it a soul. It is a specific type of acting and it must be precise as it has to bring a character to life. Colossus’ voice is not much different than mine as Tim loved my natural color and range of voice, so we kept it and worked more on the Russian accent. The best note I received was to be authentic.
It sounds like Tim really went out of his way to make sure Rasputin was exactly as he envisioned him. We’re looking forward to hearing and seeing more of Colossus as we get closer to the release of Deadpool.
And Marvel is looking forward to showing us more of Deadpool, as there will be a “sneak peek” trailer that will air on ESPN on Christmas Day at 12pm as a cross promotion with the NBA.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Set your Valentine’s date for a Deadpool viewing starting February 12, 2016.