Free Guy director reveals how they got Marvel actor to cameo

Free Guy spoilers follow.

The director of Free Guy, which stars Ryan Reynolds as a character in a video game trying to save the game from being shut down, has revealed how they managed to get Marvel actor Chris Evans to cameo in the film.

Director Shawn Levy spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the film, and the big cameos they included in the film.

As a result of the Fox-Disney merger, Levy was able to get Reynolds access to a number of the weapons that appears in the Marvel universe – in the second half of the film, Reynolds' character 'levels up' and is able to use a wide variety of weaponry to fight for the game.

Free Guy director reveals how they got Marvel actor to cameo

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Levy said, "If I were Guy and if I could gather any piece of weaponry that I ever dreamed of, it would definitely include a lightsaber. It would absolutely include Cap's shield. So, we wrote a letter to Disney and said, "Hello, I am Ryan Reynolds and Shawn Levy. We are making Free Guy, as you know. You now own us. Can we please use one of these fancy iconic devices?"

Free Guy director reveals how they got Marvel actor to cameo

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Disney said yes, which meant Captain America's shield appeared in the film. When that came together, Reynolds realised that Evans was in the same town filming for Apple's Defending Jacob and texted him to see if he would make a guest appearance in the film.

According to Levy, Evans said yes but only if he could "be in and out in ten minutes". Levy added: "That's how we ended up with Chris Evans, in addition to a lightsaber, a Hulk fist, and Cap's shield.”

He explained: "The Chris Evans cameo is so perfect. And when I've seen the movie with audiences, the explosion of cheers and laughter at that moment is really gratifying. It's like a director’s dream."

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