Ryan Reynolds Talks Unique & Risky Nature of Deadpool Movie

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

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For a while there, feelings of fear and potential disappointment crept in for many fans when soft rumors floated around that Ryan Reynolds and his increasingly busy schedule may not allow for him to play the title role in the production of X-Men: Deadpool for Twentieth Century Fox.

A spinoff of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, while having nothing to do with it as a quasi-reboot of the character’s origins, Deadpool is one of several Marvel properties in development at Fox. It hit a bit of a roadblock when shortly after being greenlit, star Ryan Reynolds also nabbed the lead role in Green Lantern, the big budget superhero movie from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. Could he pull off playing two lead comic book characters from two rival comic book companies and studios at the same time?

Of course, it’s Ryan Reynolds.

For me, Reynolds is Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool. The character was seemingly designed for him and/or Reynolds was born for the part. Heck, Deadpool himself even referenced in the comic a few years back that if he were in a movie, Reynolds should play him. And that was before he signed with Fox to play Wade Wilson in the Wolverine flick.

The problem with Wolverine was that they totally misused – and arguably ruined – the character. We knew this going in from the promos and merchandise but Reynolds handled the press interview questions about the topic in the best possible way. He always kept positive, but said that if the character got his own solo movie, that it would be very faithful to the comics, unlike in Wolverine. He understood that Wade Wilson’s supporting guest role was an opportunity to introduce the character in hopes that he’d get the spinoff to do it right. And that’s exactly what happened.

Skip forward a year and a half  and we have Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick handling the script, director Robert Rodriguez trying to find time in his schedule to take the director’s chair, and Reynolds answering interview questions about Deadpool and why the character and film will be unlike any other in the genre before it. There will be no issues for moviegoers and fans differentiating him from his role of Hal Jordan in Green Lantern.

In an interview with LA Times’ Hero Complex Blog, Reynolds talked about Deadpool after having read a draft of the script.

“It goes in such a different direction than a superhero movie usually goes… It’s a nasty piece of work. It’s just based in so much emotional filth, completely. It’s like ‘Barfly‘ if it were a superhero movie. It sort of treads into the world of an emotionally damaged person.  I always say that Deadpool is a guy in a highly militarized shame spiral…. It’s so different than the superhero movies to date, it departs so far from that.”

Continue to Page 2 for Ryan Reynolds talking about taking a gamble with the Deadpool movie and working from the comics!


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After having read the script and knowing the story, Reynolds is reiterating what’s been said previously about the film and his explanations still match expectations. An obstacle in selling the movie however, will be how unique it is. The character of Deadpool will be breaking the fourth wall and directly speaking with the audience, just as he does in the comics. Combine that with his general insanity and the tight line he walks between being a hero and villain (or neither), and Deadpool will surprise a lot of moviegoers unfamiliar with the character. It’s certainly a risk, but if Reynolds can pull it off, then the movie will be something special.

“With Deadpool, it’s a lot like going to prison for the first day… You got to walk up and hit the biggest guy you see to establish a bit of cred. With Deadpool, early on you have to establish that moral flexibility. There’s a gamble to it — you’re going to lose a few people right at the beginning but you take the gamble and know that eventually you’re going to win them back. You won’t lose the hard-core fans of the character, they already know who he is. We have to play to a broader audience than that. As an actor you have to be willing to do something like … back in Vancouver we used to call it a [nasty] burger. ’You gotta eat the [nasty] burger to get to the cookies.’ And yes, I want to write a cookbook about that…”

I wouldn’t be surprised if Wade Wilson/Deadpool does something in the first act of the story which makes him an unlikable (villainous?) character, who then grows on you through his humor and redeems himself later.

As for staying true to the character and comics, something Reynolds has been a vocal advocate of since the project’s inception, it likely won’t be a direct adaptation of any particular stories. As the Canadian actor points out, there’s been many different takes on the character.

“The comics are very inconsistent in the writing… All the different writers, different voices, but at the core of the character his heart is really interesting.  He’s the funniest guy you’ll ever meet, too, and for me that’s exciting but it’s not as hard as capturing that moral flexibility, which  is so important. He hasn’t really experienced the full spectrum of human emotion the way most people do.”

I’ve been sold on the Deadpool movie since the get-go. Even though in Wolverine, for reasons behind my comprehension, the character of Wade Wilson was turned into some ridiculous made-up villain, the few scenes we got of Reynolds as Wade before that were some of the strong parts of the movie. We know the Deadpool solo outing will ignore those events, so whether or not the entire film is outside of Fox’s Marvel movie continuity is yet to be seen.

If you’re a Deadpool fan or are simply excited at the prospect of a movie based on the infamous Merc with a Mouth, check out Ryan Reynolds’ thoughts on the Deadpool costume and how his ideal trailer needs to be designed.

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Source: LA Times

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  1. i cant comment here..i’ll get SOO frustrated

  2. Dont worry Anthony.
    The movie will be made and it will be AWESOME!

  3. anything that involves Ryan Reynolds is gonna be good but add the fact that hes gonna play Deadpool and if he has a big say on how the movie is done then its gonna be bloody AWESOME im looking forward to seeing this more then Green Lantern coz this role is just perfect for Ryan to play ;)

    • Guys arent supposed to say “coz”.

    • I hope it’s as good as you and I believe it should be :)

  4. It’s promising at least he’s still talking about doing this film and how he interprets the character..and Rob I think that if done properly even though it will be outside the realm of the traditional comic book movie, I think it can be a huge blockbuster franchise for FOX

    • I think this type of movie is needed for the superhero genre because it is so different. I like the idea of the character talking to the audience and being unsure if he is a good guy or a bad guy. I am not too familiar with Deadpool except for his trading card I had as a preteen, so I am in the lot that wouldn’t know what to expect and that makes me excited to see something like this because I don’t have any set expectations.

      • I agree wholeheartedly. The superhero genre NEEDS a film like this. Something totally fresh and unique. Think about all the superhero movies coming out in the next year or so… then you have Deadpool, an anti hero who is psychologically complex and morally ambiguous. Plus it is satirical, hell, Deadpool could make jokes about how oversaturated the market is with superheroes.

    • I totally agree.

      First, the action, comedy, coolness and Reynolds will sell it on the trailers alone. But if the breaking of the fourth wall and the overall story, enjoyment of it is solid as well – then it should be BIG.

  5. I meant to add so I agree with you Rob :)

  6. Hey so Reynolds speaks at last! I bet he has been sitting there reading all these BS rumours about him dropping out and just laughing. The guy won’t drop out of Deadpool, this is fact. You don’t unrepentantly harp on about wanting to make a certain film for like, 8 years, finally get the chance to do it, then drop out. It’s his passion project.

    It’s good to see it isn’t just gonna be some brainless action fest too. Deadpool is a very psychologically complex character. He is far deeper than he is given credit for.

    • agreed! and great article Rob

  7. I’ld like to see Wade talk to the audience in the theater, then for the DVD/Bluray, he can talk to “the people sitting on the couch”… I am hoping this wont suck, if they stick to the comics, it should be good…

  8. wow thats crazy the comics actully suggested ryan reynolds to play deadpool way back before all this. And someone please tell me when fox looses the rights to marvels characters bc we gota make that a holiday.

    • LOL

  9. If he speaks then he will be in it. Not next year and maybe not in 2012 but soon. He seems to know what the core of the character is so I have high hopes for this film and high hopes it gets made.

  10. I have high hopes for this.

  11. i can’t believe how optimistic everyone is about this movie (i mean that in a very good way) well done everyone for not bringing the mood down with negativity.
    i say, Reynolds is still talking about the deadpool movie despite the schedule is a good thing, i reckon we should all just put our faith in Ryan Reynolds and he’ll see to it that everything turns out just fine :D

    • read my first comment cazitron LOL

  12. I think the opening scene should be of him slicing a life-size cardboard cutout of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Origins, in to little itt-bitty pieces all the while screamin, “What the F**** where you thinking”

  13. I just figured out how they can keep this movie in the same continutity as X Men Origins: Wolverine. Weapon X at the end of that film was not deadpool it was just another mutant who happened to look like Wade Wilson, perhaps inheriting some physical features from Wade in the process of becoming Weapon X.

    • That’s the story I was hoping they were going for when we discovered what was happening with the character. What an easy fix that would have been if Reynolds showed up still as Wade Wilson at the end, pre-lasers and pre-armblades

  14. I’m not familiar at ALL with Deadpool, but if Reynolds is this passionate about it I am sure it will be a fun movie to watch!

    Still looking forward to Green Lantern more, though. :D

  15. YES!! As in YES!!! =) If this article means Ryan’s keeping the role, then HELL YEAH!!! Deadpool is the black sheep of the nice little family of MARVEL,and he’s one of the greatest characters ever, and Reynolds was born for this part…

  16. This feels like its a shoe-in and a step in the right direction by diversifying the range of characters with Reynolds. I have an immense confidence in him as someone who is willing to underplay right up to the point that he explodes with genuine response and what I consider to be authentic tone according to the energy around him. ie.. not a fake…

    Deadpool offers just enough quirkiness and dark qualities to let Reynolds go over the top and expand his own set of parameters as a character. With everything we know about Deadpool and everything we have come to believe that Ryan Reynolds is capable of as a guy who is tired of supporting roles its basically the sort of combination that will showcase his humor and his ‘as yet’ unexplored dissociative psychosis options to emerge naturally. I think its gonna be a good one.