One of my favorite parts about the Deadpool character is this relationship with Blind Al. You can see the apartment here. Can you talk about that and how much that relationship is in the film?
Rhett Reese: Yeah. We love Blind Al because she’s the least likely roommate you’d ever expect Deadpool to have. We changed their origin story from the comics or how they met each other. They meet on Craigslist, basically. He needs someone to help bear the burden of the rent. In this case, he finds someone and he agrees to pay the rent as long as she kinda cleans up around the place and helps with chores.
Paul Wernick: And builds his Ikea furniture.
Rhett Reese: Yeah. So, in this case she has to build his Ikea furniture. She’s terrible at it because she’s blind, A, and because, B, he kinda sabotages her, like there are never enough screws to fit into the stuff. She makes the stuff and it falls apart, and he loves giving her a hard time about that.
But I would say she gives as good as she gets. That’s what’s so great about her. She is certainly not a person whose condition or disability has defined her in any way. She is not a victim in the least. She’s very, very strong and very capable. When he takes the piss out of her, she gives it right back to him in spades. So it’s kinda cool to see their repertoire.
Paul Wernick: It’s an emotional relationship in that they kinda love… In a strange way, I don’t know if you’d say mother and son or what. But there is this deep affection between these two very mismatched… this very mismatched couple.
Rhett Reese: We’ve had a lot of fun with just that basic idea. If you look at people in life, they are most abusive to the people who they really love, and abusive in a fun way, oftentimes. You really see the closest of friends be the most likely people to say horrible things to each other and about each other. We kind of have that in this movie. Weasel and Deadpool have a very similar relationship. They shoot back at each other. And Colossus and Deadpool and Negasonic and Deadpool, even though they are on the same side in this movie by the end, they’re constantly going back and forth with him with insults and various antagonisms.
Paul Wernick: We really looked at this movie, at this ensemble of mismatched folks as a wonderful dysfunctional family. Much like Zombieland, we put these disparate souls together and they had to travel down a road and become this family. That’s a little bit what Deadpool and his ensemble is in this movie. It’s this one big fucked up family that’s trying to get along and make their way through the world.
Was Rob Liefeld, the creator of Deadpool, somehow involved in script process?
Rhett Reese: No. he wasn’t involved in the script.
Do you talk to him about it?
Rhett Reese: Oh yeah, absolutely. We have a great relationship with him. He’s awesome. He gave us the gift of this amazing character and he’s a tireless and passionate advocate for this character and this movie. I don’t think we’d be here… we certainly wouldn’t be here without him, and I don’t even think the movie would have been made without his enthusiasm and pushing at all times. So we adore him.
He also has a cameo in the movie, so you might want to keep your eyes open for that.
Are there any other X-Men characters that we haven’t seen in the films yet that you guys want to play with in this universe?
Paul Wernick: Cable.
Rhett Reese: Yeah, we talk about Cable because he’s so kind of inextricably linked with Deadpool over the years. Other than that, I don’t think we’ve made any decisions. We reference Professor X in the movie. It’s like he’s someone who’s… Deadpool is on his radar and he’s been trying to get him to kinda come in and do the right thing and Deadpool wants to part of it. So there may be some fun to be had there. We’re just going to have to see how it meshes with the rest of the X universe. I’m sure we’ll kinda clear the deck and say, “OK. Who might be fun to bring into this family we’re already formed if we get as far as a sequel,” which we all hope for.
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Tim Miller directs the film from a screenplay by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. It is produced by Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Ryan Reynolds, starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Leslie Uggams.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.