Warning: This post contains big spoilers for Bullet Train.
“Bullet Train,” directed by David Leitch and scripted by Zach Olkiewicz, includes two main cameos that give the film an extra level of fun. Backed up by a terrific cast, Bullet Train cameos enhance the entertainment value of an action movie while simultaneously linking them to an all-encompassing narrative. Cameos in which Ryan Reynolds and Channing Tatum appear in limited numbers turn out to be more important than in most films.
The film features a stellar cast, including several major cameos by famous actors. The first is Channing Tatum, who appears a couple of times throughout the film. Ryan Reynolds’ cameo is incredibly short, but spectacular. At the beginning of the bullet train, Brad Pitt’s Ladybug complains a lot to his handler Maria (Sandra Bullock) about a man named Carver, presumably another killer with whom he worked in the past. The reference doesn’t seem too important—until it reappears at the end of the movie.
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Explanation of Ryan Reynolds’ cameo on the Bullet Train
Reynolds plays Mr. Carver, a murderer who killed the wife of the White Death. Carver arranged for her death to look like a car accident. White Death mistakes Ladybug for Mr. Carver, whom he wanted to see on the train to avenge the death of his beloved wife. However, as it turned out, Carver was absent due to a “stomach problem” and Ladybug was called in to replace him at work. Towards the end of the film, Carver is shown leaving the crime scene with a satisfied expression on his face. The actor’s role is especially funny if you take into account Brad Pitt’s cameo in Deadpool 2. Reynolds may have had less than a minute of screen time in “Machine Gun Train,” but he’s one of the most important characters in this story. Although it’s unclear what job Carver was working at when he killed White Death’s wife, he inadvertently set off a chain of events that led Ladybag and all the other characters to a bullet train. Carver’s involvement in everything also led to the White Death coming up with a revenge plot that would eliminate everyone who—directly or indirectly—participated in the murder of his wife.
Channing Tatum’s Bullet Train Cameo Explanation
After Ladybug realizes he needs to distract Lemon and Mandarin, the killer runs into an unnamed Tatum character, a passenger who is paid to wear a Ladybug hat to deceive those looking for him. Tatum’s cameo is funny because the actor plays off his character’s confusion, believing that Ladyboy’s favorability is related to the “sex” that his character cares about. Tatum appears twice and, unlike Reynolds, has cues when interacting with Pitt’s Ladybug and other characters. However, Tatum won’t be on the bullet train for long, because his role should be fun for once. He’s not the main character, so his moment to influence the action movie is brief, but ultimately enjoyable. This is especially funny when you consider the previous, albeit short-lived, team of Tatum and Pitt in The Lost City.
Reynolds has gained popularity over the years, starring in everything from “The Proposal” with Sandra Bullock to “The Adam Project” and “The Free Guy” from Netflix. In particular, Reynolds played the main character in Deadpool, also known as the Mercenary with the Mouth. Meanwhile, Tatum has also become a household name in Hollywood, recognizable after starring in such major films as “Jump Street, 21”, “The Abominable Eight” and “Super Mike”. The cameo roles of the actors in “High-Speed Train” were hardly noticeable, given the length of the film, but their appearance was far from unforgettable, which is what makes them so wonderful. Not many actors have this opportunity, and Bullet Train eventually manages to pull it off.