The film follows Ryan Reynold‘s character Free Guy as he learns he’s an NPC in a video game called Free City and features tons of Easter eggs, video game references and cameos.
In a new interview with ET, Shawn discussed how Ryan was able to secure an appearance from a famous MCU actor.
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The director revealed that since the Fox/Disney merger happened a month before filming, the team behind the movie realized they had access to a treasure trove of Disney/Marvel related Easter eggs.
Ryan and Shawn ended up writing a letter to Disney, asking if they could incorporate weaponry like Captain America’s shield into the movie.
“And we got a response and the answer was, “Yes,’” Shawn recalled. “And we sent an email back saying, ‘Sorry. To clarify, which one?’ And we got an email back saying, ‘All of them. You can have all of them.’ We were beyond stoked.”
“And once we had that, then Ryan was like, ‘Wait a second, Chris Evans is in the same town we are shooting his Apple show, Defending Jacob. I’m going to text him and ask him if he’ll come by and be in the movie.’ I guess that’s a thing movie stars do. ‘Hi, movie star. I’m your fellow movie star. Want to come be in my movie?’”
“Chris Evans, being a cool, good guy, was like, ‘If I can come by and literally be in and out in 10 minutes, I think I can slip it in.’ So, that’s what happened. That’s how we ended up with Chris Evans, in addition to a lightsaber and a Hulk fist and Cap’s shield,” he said.