If you've seen Deadpool 2 you'll know that the film makes a secret appearance by a common and famous X-Men villain. The Juggernaut is alluded to pretty early on, and takes a big role in the second half of the film after he teams up with Russell to help him seek revenge against the abusive mutant-hating headmaster played by Eddie Marsan. The problem is the film doesn't reveal who plays the Juggernaut. He never takes off his helmet, so we never see his face, and the credits list him as playing himself. Thankfully co-writer Rhett Reese has revealed all.
Speaking to CBR, Reese confirmed exactly who voiced the Juggernaut. It wasn't Vinnie Jones (obviously), and in a production twist that's eerily similar to the man behind Dormammu in Doctor Strange it turns out Juggernaut was played by none other than Ryan Reynolds, aka Deadpool. That's a nice extra easter egg to add to the list.
Or more specifically, Reynolds lent his voice and face to the Juggernaut. Reese recalls that someone else probably did the physical motion capture, and he's not really sure who.
“Ryan Reynolds ended up voicing Juggernaut, if you didn’t know that. That was Ryan’s voice as the Juggernaut, and he did the facial capture for him. I don’t know how they did the physical mo-cap — I don’t think that was Ryan.”
“We committed to it pretty early on, because he’s never been done justice until now. We always wanted to see a CG Juggernaut, so we finally got that. We also really needed to balance the scales in act three, between Deadpool and friends and little Firefist who has cool powers, but we needed to make it a fair fight. What greater force of nature than Juggernaut?
It also gave us a chance for him to fight Colossus. Two big behemoths going at it in act three is never a bad thing.”
There's been a longstanding rivalry between Colossus and Juggeraut in the comics, which is expected seeing as how both characters have ridiculous amounts of strength behind them. It even got to the point where Colossus actually usurped the mantle and took the Juggernaut's power for himself at one point. [CBR]