This year has been one hell of a ride for Deadpool and its star, Ryan Reynolds. Not only did the film far exceed the expectations of critics and fans alike, but it made Fox a sizable return on the movie’s modest budget. Not to mention, “Deadpool” topped Google search results in 2016, Reynolds just won EW’s Entertainer of the Year, and both the actor and film have been nominated for Golden Globes. On top of all that, Reynolds is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Meanwhile, Fox has been so pleased with the movie, they gave the greenlight to a sequel co-starring Cable and are sure to include the Merc with the Mouth in the upcoming X-Force movie.
While the first film’s director Tim Miller has left production of the sequel, it’s still moving along as planned for a 2018 release. Fox is reportedly even preparing for a third film in the franchise. Fans are hoping the continuing adventures of Wade Wilson can keep the tone of this year’s film alive, as it blended kinetic action with nearly nonstop laughs. A lot of that comedy was thanks to Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick who handled script duties. A fair amount of the levity, however, also came from Reynolds and his costar, comedian T.J. Miller.
The two actors filled the takes with tons of improv, a lot of which had to be left on the cutting floor (or saved for the director’s cut). When EW sat down to talk with Reynolds about his new award, they asked if there was any joke in particular that he wished had been kept in the movie.
“Blind Al says something about our duplex we live in. I say, “This isn’t a duplex — it’s hepatitis holding still.” That was one of my favorite lines, which is sorta slightly stolen from Funny Farm: “This ain’t a bridge — it’s termites holding hands.” So I can’t take credit for it.”
Here’s hoping Blind Al will be back for the sequel, as she’s long served as a comedic foil and friend to Deadpool in the comics. Her presence in the movie and Leslie Uggams’ chemistry with Reynolds were just some of the many highlights of the R-rated action romp. The other perfect example of how the film stayed true to the comic book tone of its protaganist was in his interactions with Miller’s character Weasel. Both actors seemed to have a lot of fun on set, and Reynolds had some choice words to say about his costar’s comedic prowess.
“In between takes I’m just looking at them and I’m trying different ones. I do improv but it’s nowhere near the caliber of T.J. Miller. His mouth should be in the Smithsonian. The rest of him is garbage. But his mouth is truly unbelievable.”
It’s hard to imagine both Uggams and Miller not returning for the sequel, especially as the team behind the movie have stated they want to continue to keep Wade’s story intimate. While it would certainly be fun to watch Deadpool try to stop an alien invasion or kill everyone in the Marvel Universe, his tales always work better when they focus on smaller stakes and let his interactions with others (and the audience) shine through. While we wait to see how the sophomore effort fares, we’ll keep you posted as news about Deadpool 2 emerges.