Deadpool’s Rob Delaney shares the hair advice Tom Cruise gave him on Mission: Impossible

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11 Jul 2024, 12:53

L-R: Rob Delaney, Tom Cruise, Chris Evans

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He’s in the upcoming new Deadpool film, and was also in the most recent Mission: Impossible movie, and Rob Delaney has spoken about working with both Ryan Reynolds and Tom Cruise.

The American comedian, actor and writer joined the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar ahead of the release of Deadpool & Wolverine, which hits cinemas on Thursday 25th July.

Rob is reprising his role of Peter Wisdom from the second movie in the series. Speaking about the Deadpool films, he said: “They're very naughty. I won't give any spoilers, but even I get to participate in some naughtiness in this one!”



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As well as starring with Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman in the upcoming new release, the comedy star has also worked with none other than Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. 

He told Chris: “I did a week on the last Mission: Impossible. And when I showed up at the thing, Tom Cruise is like, ‘Rob, it's so great to have you here. You're gonna bring so much power to this role.’ And I was like, ‘Thank you, Tom Cruise.’ 

“And he goes, ‘Why don't we head over to the hair trailer and take off just about, like, 1/8th of a centimetre off your hair?’ I'd already had a haircut. And he was like, ‘If it was just a tiny bit shorter, I think that would really make it pop.’ 

“So he's doing that. He's passing out water to the crew. He knows everything about every lens on every camera. That was intense.”

Speaking about working with Wrexham owner Ryan on the Deadpool movies, Rob said: “They're so great, because you feel his whole authorial voice in it. Nobody was like, ‘It's time for a Deadpool movie.’ People didn't know who Deadpool was, ‘And it must star Ryan Reynolds’. He knew in his heart, so he did it, and he shepherded it, and he brought it all through, and he wrote it with the screenwriters. He's an accredited screenwriter on it. 

“You see him every second on set, even when he's not in the scene, making sure that everything goes away. So these are his films, and he's just tremendous. It's a privilege and a pleasure to watch him work.”

On the Deadpool actor’s attributes, Rob said: “He's kind. That's a big one. He's very hardworking. He's fun and funny and sensitive. Above all, I'd say he's just a good guy. So let's start there, because that's more important than anything, right?

“He's very flexible and collaborative. For example, Sean Levy directed this film. Sean's unbelievable. They work together beautifully. So Ryan, as good as he is at what he does, also, his ego has not metastasised into some big, huge scary blob.

“So he can, you know, work with other people who have great ideas and respect them and involve them.”

On working in movies in general, the Catastrophe star said: “A wonderful thing about film is what a collaborative thing it is. So yes, you have to have a strong vision, but you also have to welcome other people to the parties, understand who's better at doing particular things than you are, and love that. Don't fight it.”

Read why Rob has become a British citizen here.

Deadpool & Wolverine is out on Thursday 25th July.

For more great interviews listen to The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar weekdays from 6:30am on Virgin Radio, or catch up on-demand here.