The bad bro-mance between Cable and Deadpool in the classic Marvel Comics is the stuff of legends. It remains to be seen how that will be incorporated into Deadpool 2, but a BBC radio show may have given audiences a taste of what they can expect, as Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin engaged in a battle of wits.
Playground Insults is a reoccurring feature on the radio show of BBC Radio personality Scott Mills. The brief segment sees the co-stars of upcoming blockbusters pitted against each other in an effort to make the other burst out laughing with increasingly outlandish schoolyard taunts. Previous episodes have pitted Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson against his Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle co-star Kevin Hart and Jennifer Lawrence against her Passengers co-star Chris Pratt.
The short game, which can be viewed in the video above, falls into a steady rhythm rather quickly. Reynolds opens the duel on a silly note, calling Brolin "a muffin-snuggling pirate-puncher." Brolin responds with dry sarcasm, asking if that was what Reynolds was going with before saying "Ryan, that was really funny," in a tone that suggests that it was anything but.
The duel continues in this fashion, with Reynolds - as befits the character of Deadpool - responding with more and more outlandish and ribald lines. Brolin - in according with the character Cable - remains cool and collected, matching Reynolds in audacity but never raising his voice. Scott Mills and co-host Chris Stark, for their part, enjoy the proceedings and laugh the hardest of all out of all those assembled. "Okay. Let's talk about the obvious thing: Green Lantern," starts Brolin. "End of career. And yet, you're still going. Why? None of us can understand." Reynolds countered with, "You smell so bad I can hear it!"
Decency forbids further description of the insults, though Brolin hinted at a romantic scene between Cable and Deadpool in Deadpool 2, as he made some rather insulting remarks about a particular area of Ryan Reynolds' body. It was also revealed that despite making jokes about it, neither actor has ever actually watched Green Lantern - a shocking fact Reynolds had previously confessed to.
Although both Deadpool 2 stars were reduced to laughing so hard that they couldn't continue, both agreed that Brolin won the duel in the end. While Brolin felt that Reynolds had outclassed him in pure wit with several lines, he felt that he won as "a general primitive insulting guy." Reynolds added that he genuinely felt hurt by some of Brolin's insults, but it's likely he was joking. Hopefully, audiences will see more of this banter in the upcoming fourth-wall-breaking film, Deadpool 2.
Source: BBC Radio 1
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