When cameras began rolling on Deadpool, then still a risky R-rated superhero bet on 20th Century Fox’s part, fans were curious to see how closely the film would be tied to the X-Men universe. We got our answer pretty quickly in the form of cast additions Negasonic Teenage Warhead and, most strikingly, Colossus. Both are mutants, but the latter is one we’ve actually seen portrayed onscreen before, first in X2: X-Men United and again in X-Men: The Last Stand. But the Colossus in Deadpool is very different from the previous iteration, which can pretty easily be explained away by the timeline-altering events of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
But with this new, entirely CG iteration of Colossus in Deadpool, how exactly was the character brought to life? One would assume a simple actor in motion-capture would suffice, but one would be wrong. According to a new visual effects breakdown video from Wired, it actually took five actors in total to create the character of Colossus: one on set in a motion-capture suit and some serious lifts, another as the voice, another as the facial model, and finally another using motion-capture in a studio setting. So while it’s Stefan Kapicic’s voice you hear in the movie, it actually took a variety of performers to realize the character onscreen.
This VFX breakdown is a pretty neat look at the complex visual effects of the film, which are impressive considering Deadpool was made on a fraction of the budget that other big superhero movies have. That’s where director Tim Miller’s background in VFX came in handy—Miller is the guy who created the unforgettable opening credit sequence for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Take a look at the video below to learn more about how Colossus came to life.