‘Deadpool’: VFX Video Shows How it Took 5 Actors to Bring Colossus to Life

Deadpool is proving itself to be a fine example of how to make a faithful comic adaptation for the masses without softening up for a PG-13 rating and without the huge budgets often afforded to blockbuster fare.

Sure, the film’s witty script, Ryan Reynolds’ fantastic performance, and that infectious energy (read our review for our overall thoughts on the film) certainly had a lot to do with its success, but it’s the visual effects that also impressed, particularly in relation to the CG character that was Colossus.

Instead of simply hiring one actor to don a motion-capture suit and then rendering visuals in post-production, five actors were actually brought in to bring the Russian mutant to life. As explained in this great VFX breakdown delivered by Wired, Colossus’ creation was quite the collaborative effort.

Synopsis for Deadpool:

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.