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Why Stephen Lang may not be Cable in Deadpool 2, according to Stephen Lang

07.28.2016

There are some people who are literally born to play certain roles—like it’s in their genetic code. Some of those people include Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, John Wayne as any cowboy, or Donald Trump as King Oompa Loompa. And then there’s Stephen Lang, who seems a perfect choice to play the comic book villain, Cable, who is set to make his big-screen debut in DEADPOOL 2. Lang is tough, has the same haircut, and has the dastardly demeanor he’s brought to roles in movies like AVATAR. He’s perfect for it, he knows it, but he’s preparing for the worst.

Earlier this year we reported on Lang’s campaigning for the role once it was revealed in the DEADPOOL credits that Cable was going to be the next movie’s baddie. But recently Cinema Blend got on the phone with Lang, who is accepting a simple truth behind why he probably won’t get the part:

I think it's highly unlikely that they would ever give me the part, for a number of reasons, one of which being that it's the same studio as Avatar. It's a conceivable it would be a scheduling conflict, but you know, what I've said is that if they did give me the part, they'd be very satisfied - because I'll play the hell out of the part. But if they don't give me the part, then I can be magnanimous in defeat, compliment the actor who does get the part, and console myself with four sequels to Avatar.

The man has a point, but it’s one I've never understood. Sure, having to do so much work on the AVATAR sequels would probably mean Lang wouldn’t have time to do DEADPOOL 2, and Fox (which is doing both franchises) wouldn’t want to take him away from one just to do the other. But on the other hand, if he did find room in his schedule, there’s no reason not to have Lang play both parts. During the Golden Age of cinema, studios like MGM would sign their stars to contracts and have them only do movies with that studio, so as to promote said studio and all that star's future projects. It may be an antiquated method, but it works, and each franchise would advertise the other. So Fox would get more advertising and the perfect actor. Win win.

But no matter what, Lang is still working little-by-little to stay in the game:

The extent of my campaigning for the role was the initial Tweet, and then after that, what I do is, when people do fan art, where they make me Cable, I retweet it, because I think it's cool. Because why not? Because quite frankly, it's a win-win situation.

You can see Lang in the upcoming horror flick DON’T BREATHE (which our own JimmyO gave a 9/10) on August 26.

Source: Cinema Blend

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6:18PM on 07/28/2016
Still want to see Timothy Olyphant as Cable. I think his, and Reynolds persona and banter would complement each other very well.
Still want to see Timothy Olyphant as Cable. I think his, and Reynolds persona and banter would complement each other very well.
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3:36PM on 07/28/2016

Really lame he returns in Avatar

He was a great villain but i' m tired of bringing people back in movies, dead is dead. He would make for a good Cable, but also Dolph lundgren or Michael Biehn would be cool.
He was a great villain but i' m tired of bringing people back in movies, dead is dead. He would make for a good Cable, but also Dolph lundgren or Michael Biehn would be cool.
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2:10PM on 07/28/2016

Avatar 2, 3, 4, & 5 apparently will never start filming... They just delay and delay and delay

I believe the original release date was Christmas 2016 or maybe even before that, but then it went to 2017, and now 2018. The only way Cameron gets Avatar 2 in theaters by Christmas 2018 is if they start filming before the end of 2016.
I believe the original release date was Christmas 2016 or maybe even before that, but then it went to 2017, and now 2018. The only way Cameron gets Avatar 2 in theaters by Christmas 2018 is if they start filming before the end of 2016.
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2:01PM on 07/28/2016
They would be stupid to not give him the part for Cable. I have been tweeting Ryan Reynolds and Stephen Lang that this should happen. If they give it to Kevin Nash I will be very angry.
They would be stupid to not give him the part for Cable. I have been tweeting Ryan Reynolds and Stephen Lang that this should happen. If they give it to Kevin Nash I will be very angry.
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1:09PM on 07/28/2016

First of all, as stated, Cable is not a villain.

Adversary? Maybe, but not an antagonist. He is certainly a hero.

Second, as already stated, his character had a clear cut death in Avatar and I don't know why these articles ignore that fact.

Finally, four Avatar sequels are excessive. If James Cameron intends to wow us again in terms of effects and viewing experience, that allure is going to wear off once the first sequel is out of the way.
Adversary? Maybe, but not an antagonist. He is certainly a hero.

Second, as already stated, his character had a clear cut death in Avatar and I don't know why these articles ignore that fact.

Finally, four Avatar sequels are excessive. If James Cameron intends to wow us again in terms of effects and viewing experience, that allure is going to wear off once the first sequel is out of the way.
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12:26PM on 07/28/2016

If Chris Evans can play the Human Torch and Captain America

Stephen Lang can play Cable and whatever role he has on AVATAR (I didn't watch it). The only issue I can see is with scheduling, but that's a problem for any in-demand actor.

FYI, Cable isn't a villain in the Marvel Universe. He's the son of Jean Grey and Scott "Cyclops" Summers; he usually acts as a straight man to Deadpool's insanity.
Stephen Lang can play Cable and whatever role he has on AVATAR (I didn't watch it). The only issue I can see is with scheduling, but that's a problem for any in-demand actor.

FYI, Cable isn't a villain in the Marvel Universe. He's the son of Jean Grey and Scott "Cyclops" Summers; he usually acts as a straight man to Deadpool's insanity.
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1:33PM on 07/28/2016
Incorrect. Madelyne Pryor is Cable's mother
Incorrect. Madelyne Pryor is Cable's mother
12:26PM on 07/28/2016

Scheduling Conflict??

Like Avatar 2-5 are ever really going to start filming... Didn't DP1 film in 4 weeks? I'm sure they can pimp out Lang for that period if not to just promote the actor of the upcoming sequels nobody wanted.
Like Avatar 2-5 are ever really going to start filming... Didn't DP1 film in 4 weeks? I'm sure they can pimp out Lang for that period if not to just promote the actor of the upcoming sequels nobody wanted.
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11:36AM on 07/28/2016
So confused on all of this. So he's saying he probably won't get the part of Cable because of potential scheduling conflicts on Avatar?
(1) Didn't his character die at the end of Avatar?
(2) Why do people think Avatar 2 will be in front of cameras before Deadpool? Avatar hasn't made Fox money in 8 years. Deadpool crushed it at the box office only a few months ago, and the team behind that movie is ready to go with a sequel.
(3) Fuck Avatar, make Deadpool & Cable the priority and put
So confused on all of this. So he's saying he probably won't get the part of Cable because of potential scheduling conflicts on Avatar?
(1) Didn't his character die at the end of Avatar?
(2) Why do people think Avatar 2 will be in front of cameras before Deadpool? Avatar hasn't made Fox money in 8 years. Deadpool crushed it at the box office only a few months ago, and the team behind that movie is ready to go with a sequel.
(3) Fuck Avatar, make Deadpool & Cable the priority and put this man in the movie as Cable.
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12:09PM on 07/28/2016
(1) Didn't his character die at the end of Avatar?

yep, cuz Death has always stopped a character from returning. No such thing as Cloning or a brother etc.

(2) Why do people think Avatar 2 will be in front of cameras before Deadpool? Avatar hasn't made Fox money in 8 years. Deadpool crushed it at the box office only a few months ago, and the team behind that movie is ready to go with a sequel.

Avatar continues to make money for Fox, in VOD Sales, Blu ray Sales, tv rights distribution.
(1) Didn't his character die at the end of Avatar?

yep, cuz Death has always stopped a character from returning. No such thing as Cloning or a brother etc.

(2) Why do people think Avatar 2 will be in front of cameras before Deadpool? Avatar hasn't made Fox money in 8 years. Deadpool crushed it at the box office only a few months ago, and the team behind that movie is ready to go with a sequel.

Avatar continues to make money for Fox, in VOD Sales, Blu ray Sales, tv rights distribution. Movies make money for companies for years and years and years.

(3) Fuck Avatar, make Deadpool & Cable the priority and put this man in the movie as Cable.

Why not both?
12:26PM on 07/28/2016
(3) Fuck Avatar, make Deadpool & Cable the priority and put this man in the movie as Cable.

Why not both?

Nah. Fuck Avatar. A Mediocre movie that does not need 4 more movies.
(3) Fuck Avatar, make Deadpool & Cable the priority and put this man in the movie as Cable.

Why not both?

Nah. Fuck Avatar. A Mediocre movie that does not need 4 more movies.
11:16AM on 07/28/2016

Correct me if I'm wrong

But didn't his character die in Avatar?
But didn't his character die in Avatar?
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12:30PM on 07/28/2016
With rumours of Sigourney returning, whom also died, Avatar may as well be Marvel/DC, where no one stays dead.
With rumours of Sigourney returning, whom also died, Avatar may as well be Marvel/DC, where no one stays dead.
2:12PM on 07/28/2016
Obviously, his twin brother is still alive and he's pissed.
Obviously, his twin brother is still alive and he's pissed.
2:54PM on 07/28/2016
OK. This all makes sense now.
OK. This all makes sense now.
10:32AM on 07/28/2016
How can you say Lang was born to play Cable when you don't even know who Cable is? Joblo is pretty much written by Google crawlers pretending to be fans.
How can you say Lang was born to play Cable when you don't even know who Cable is? Joblo is pretty much written by Google crawlers pretending to be fans.
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1:39PM on 07/28/2016
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeah, nice guys for the most part, but there's probably one or two times each week where I'm like "Wow, you guys really aren't familiar with this? You guys sure seem to fanboy out over this stuff for not having any clue what it is." You'd think that A) They'd at least take the time to become passingly familiar with it (not every little thing, but at least thing like this -- where it's one of the biggest characters in the X-Men series and they're obviously going to be writing X-Men
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeah, nice guys for the most part, but there's probably one or two times each week where I'm like "Wow, you guys really aren't familiar with this? You guys sure seem to fanboy out over this stuff for not having any clue what it is." You'd think that A) They'd at least take the time to become passingly familiar with it (not every little thing, but at least thing like this -- where it's one of the biggest characters in the X-Men series and they're obviously going to be writing X-Men related movie articles for years to come) or they'd at least hire a couple of people who are actually familiar with the material. I interviewed at JoBlo about 5 years ago for a writing position and one of the first questions they ask (or asked back then) was which movie news sites you regularly follow, it seems like they could easily ask what franchises you are familiar with the source material to: Do you know Marvel comics really well, DC, indie comics, Stark Trek, the Star Wars EU, video games, etc.
4:34PM on 07/28/2016
JoBlo USED to be populated by fanboys. And Paul Shirey IS a fanboy to some extent. But I think it's more that these writers feel they need to carry on the tradition without doing the homework that goes along with being a real fanboy.
JoBlo USED to be populated by fanboys. And Paul Shirey IS a fanboy to some extent. But I think it's more that these writers feel they need to carry on the tradition without doing the homework that goes along with being a real fanboy.
10:24AM on 07/28/2016

Lol

Why'd you use a picture of Deathstroke for the cable article??
Why'd you use a picture of Deathstroke for the cable article??
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9:55AM on 07/28/2016

Guys, come on.

I hate to be THAT GUY right now and nerd knitpick but that is not an illustration of Cable next to Lang. That would be Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke from the DC UNIVERSE. Which, ironically enough, he is also perfect to play. If no luck in the Marvel U., he can maybe make a rock on the other boat. But ya, that's not Cable. Just didn't want you confusing or pissing off your devoted readers. -Rocco
I hate to be THAT GUY right now and nerd knitpick but that is not an illustration of Cable next to Lang. That would be Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke from the DC UNIVERSE. Which, ironically enough, he is also perfect to play. If no luck in the Marvel U., he can maybe make a rock on the other boat. But ya, that's not Cable. Just didn't want you confusing or pissing off your devoted readers. -Rocco
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10:26AM on 07/28/2016
Don't hate to be that guy, I had to say it too lol
Don't hate to be that guy, I had to say it too lol
12:28PM on 07/28/2016
I was wondering why they used Deathstroke. I guess one old military looking dude all look the same.
At least they updated the pic to actually be Cable.
I was wondering why they used Deathstroke. I guess one old military looking dude all look the same.
At least they updated the pic to actually be Cable.
9:54AM on 07/28/2016
Lang is literally perfect to play the character, I'd say the only issue is his age and with that, his physical look will diminish with every passing year. Absolutely let the guy audition but I would take a hard look at Max Martini for Cable.
Lang is literally perfect to play the character, I'd say the only issue is his age and with that, his physical look will diminish with every passing year. Absolutely let the guy audition but I would take a hard look at Max Martini for Cable.
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9:47AM on 07/28/2016

Villain?

Cable isn't really a villain in the comics
Cable isn't really a villain in the comics
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