NZ teenager Julian Dennison has a starring superhero role in Deadpool 2, alongside Ryan Reynolds.Julian Dennison is set to become a household name thanks to his starring role in Deadpool 2, but at home in New Zealand he’s still expected to do the dishes.
“I still do school. I live a normal life when I go home and a lot of my friends and family they just see me as Julian, not as Julian Dennison, not as ‘Russell’ this Deadpool 2 character,” Dennison told AAP.
“And I still do the dishes and they still treat me like family.”
But things are likely to change for Dennison pretty swiftly.
The 15-year-old actor made waves as the star of Taika Waititi’s quirky, and popular film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople in 2016.
Off the back of that, Deadpool 2 star and writer, Ryan Reynolds, insisted on meeting Dennison for the role of Russell Collins, AKA Firefist, in the Marvel movie sequel.
“About a month and a half later, we got a call and they were like ‘we really like you, we want you to be in this film’ – so I was really blown away,” Dennison said.
Soon after, the kid from the NZ city of Lower Hutt, found himself living nearly every teenager’s dream.
“I’ve always wanted to be a superhero and I get powers in this film. It was just amazing as a 15-year-old kid being a part of this film. And I’m part of the whole Deadpool universe,” he said.
In the Marvel comic books, Russell Collins is an American teenager who joins the Navy and discovers he can shoot fireballs out of his hands. For the film, the character was modified to be a young orphan from New Zealand who lives in a school for mutants.
“I’m really bad at an American accent so I was glad that I kept my New Zealand accent,” he said.
“In the comics, my character is kind of like this dude, this jock who goes off to the army and comes back with these powers. So I was sort of like ‘well I’m glad they changed the character because you don’t really see any superheroes who look like me, so it was really cool being able to change it up,” he said.
*Deadpool 2 is released in n cinemas on May 16