Marvel’s plus-size Hutt superhero
fourth-wall breaking comic-book hero, Dennison is integral to proceedings.
He plays Russell Collins, amutant kid with fiery superpowers known as Firefist, who’s been in care and passed around the system. He finds himself front and centre of a Terminator-like hunt from Deadpool 2’ s antagonist, Cable (a beefed up Josh Brolin, already enjoying success as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War).
Enter Reynolds’ Deadpool who, saddled with the burning desire to become a parent, decides that Collins is his key to personal (and warped) salvation.
For Dennison, the Hollywood blockbuster sequel is amassive step-up into the big leagues.
Granted, there can’t be anyone who doesn’t know his round, cheeky face.
As kid-on-the-run Ricky Baker in Taika Waititi’s biggest-film-in-New Zealand Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Dennison sealed his place in our collective hearts, building on the promise that saw him net a New Zealand film award for his role as Solomon in 2013’s Shopping.
As we talk about this new role , surrounded by minders to ensure no spoilers are dropped , Dennison’s more aware of the importance and possibilities this Hollywood breakthrough role offers to viewers like him.
It’s the chance to see a plus-size superhero on screen – something Collins laments during a tender scene in the film where he tells Reynolds’ Wade opens in New Zealand cinemas on Wednesday Wilson that big guys like him aren’t – and can’t be – heroes.
‘‘I feel like it’s a responsibility, of course; health is a big thing in everybody,’’ Dennison says.
‘‘You gotta feel good in your own body – and I do feel good, I could be healthier.
‘‘I can be healthy, but you’ve got to make sure you feel good in your body, and also I can make other kids who are like me feel good about themselves too.
‘‘ Deadpool is its own thing and it’s very quirky, breaks out the box and doesn’t follow the rules of normal superhero movies, so it was really important for me to show that kids that look like me, who are chubbier than other kids, that they can be the hero they want – it was a dream of mine to be a superhero and it’s come true.’’
Deadpool Julian Dennison plays Russell Collins, a mutant kid who has fiery superpowers.