'Audience won't guess what'll happen in Deadpool 2'
...says actor Karan Soni who reprises his role as an Indian cab driver in the sequel
Karan Soni, who featured as an Indian cab driver in Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool, will be back as Dopinder in the second part of the superhero film. The actor, with Indian roots, says his role in the upcoming film is meatier than the first part. "We are half-way done. I worked on the first movie for three weeks, while for this movie, I am working for about seven or eight weeks. It's very exciting to have a bigger role," he adds.
Deadpool told the story of the eponymous adult superhero with a twisted sense of humour, and Karan featured as Dopinder, who took relationship advice from Deadpool. His role was small, but it didn't go unnoticed.
About the upcoming film, the actor says, "The storyline is so different from what anyone can imagine. Even I was shocked and couldn't believe that I am getting to do all these things. I think my character is also kind of shocked that he is getting to do all those things."
"It has been fun and I am excited to see the response because there is no way they (audience) are going to expect what is going to happen," he adds.
There was a Bollywood twist in Deadpool in 2016 too, with songs like Mera joota hai japani featuring in the opening credits, and Tumse achha kaun hai also finding a place in the narrative.
Asked if any other Bollywood songs will be used in Deadpool 2, Karan says, "We have shot a scene where I'm listening to another Bollywood song, hopefully that will make it to the final movie."
Born and brought up in Delhi, Karan went to the US to study at the University of South California, but found a way into the showbiz. He has featured in projects like Safety Not Guaranteed, The Neighbors, Goosebumps, Ghostbusters and Room 104.
Karan says he never got a role based on an Indian stereotype in the West. "I could never get cast with an Indian accent," he says, adding that this problem exists for "brown actors who have more to do with drama. I didn't do a lot of drama and decided to do comedy, so I never used to get those terrorist roles and stuff. But I do know a lot of people who got that kind of stuff in the beginning."
Deadpool 2 is slated to release on June 1, 2018.