Ryan Reynolds Talks On Why DEADPOOL Is Finally Being Made, Lower Budget, Hopes For An R-Rating, And More

Deadpool is FINALLY official, and the movie will reach us on February 12th. There's been a bit of casting buzz since, but Ryan Reynolds himself is the one to provide us with our latest update about what's to come. Talking to Collider, the site asked him what makes relative unknown Tim Miller the right man to bring the popular character to the big screen. "[He’s] always been the right guy," Reynolds says in the video below. "He’s always, you know, shown nothing but a fierce loyalty to the canon of Deadpool and that’s the thing you look for first and foremost, a guy that is always wanting to push a little bit farther. And the advantage of doing a movie like this on a budget that is significantly less than any other kind of superhero movie is that you get to do things that you don’t get to do on other superhero movies so that’s what we’re most excited about."

The comment about the budget is particularly interesting, and could be an indication that Fox are indeed planning on making Deadpool an R-Rated movie. Asked about that, Reynolds would only tease: "I have no idea … I don’t want to spoil anything so we’ll see. We hope." Hope? It certainly appears as if that's what both Miller and Reynolds are gunning for then, so hopefully we'll hear something sooner rather than later. As for the current status of Deadpool, the actor would only say the following about where things currently stand. "Tests. Lots of tests. Lots and lots of tests. That’s about all I can say about that."

Deadpool was trapped in development hell for a number of years, in no small part thanks to his botched introduction in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. As time went on, it became one of those movies which it was hard to imagine EVER becoming a reality (regardless of how much fans wanted it to). However, when some test footage mysterously found its way online last year, Fox finally realised just how huge the demand for a Deadpool movie was, and it would get the green light and a release date shortly after. Talking to Yahoo! Movies recently, Reynolds credited that leak with making the movie happen, saying it was down to, "Exclusively the leaked test footage, 100 percent."

As for how that teaser ended up online, Reynolds claims to be as in the dark as the rest of us! "The initial [leak] came from Fox they think — someone recorded the footage on their iPhone and then released it. And then once that happened, somebody hacked into Blurred Studios and got the original footage in high-res and put it online." A likely story! Reynolds and everyone involved had no problem with the test reel being shared online, especially as the status of the movie at the time was not good. "I was excited, because you can look back at an email chain from all of us, the core group involved in Deadpool, saying 'We should leak this, f***er,' like three years ago. Saying, 'Hey, if this thing is going to stagnate, one of us should just say 'Whoops, I slipped it online by accident.' And nobody seemed to want to nut up and do that, myself included. Someone did it for us, years later, when we all completely assumed it was dead in the water."

Reynolds would miss out on leading a very different superhero franchise of course when Green Lantern flopped at the box office and received a mixed response from fans and critics alike. He's obviously hoping for better things from Deadpool, and reveals that there's one major difference with this movie that the DC Comics adaptation simply didn't have. "When we shot Green Lantern, nobody auditioning for the role of Green Lantern was given the opportunity to read the script, because the script didn’t exist. I’m not complaining about it — it was an opportunity of a lifetime, and if I were to go back and retrace my steps, I would probably do everything the exact same way. But script, that’s what’s different on this one."

Source: Collider / Yahoo Movies


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